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New One-Stop Shopping Provides Assistance to Farmers

For Immediate Release: October 27, 2004


Lynne Richmond




(TRENTON) – New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus today announced a new web page on the state Department of Agriculture’s main website, www.state.nj.us/agriculture, with a number of grants, financial assistance opportunities and special services available for farmers.

“The new web page serves as a clearinghouse for free or minimal cost assistance programs to anyone involved in agriculture in the state,” said Secretary Kuperus. “Many times, farmers don’t realize that these programs or services are available -- and now, they are only a mouse-click away.”

Located at www.state.nj.us/agriculture/financialassistance.htm, the web page offers information and links for the following: soil and water conservation grants; value-added producer grants; marketing improvement grants; First Pioneer Farm Credit Grants (AgEnhancement); Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grants; energy and farm bill programs; technical assistance to dairy producers; deer fence cost sharing; and support programs for new and established farmers.

This site brings together -- for the first time -- the many funding opportunities, technical assistance and other services provided to farmers in the state by New Jersey, United States Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies.

“Our goal was to compile the most extensive and complete list of aid for agriculturists in the nation and make it as accessible and easy to navigate as possible – a list we hope to continue to build upon in the future,” said Secretary Kuperus. “The Department wants to do all it can to assist both current and future farmers to become and remain successful in their industry and, in turn, keep New Jersey green and growing.”