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The SADC in collaboration with NOFA-NJ is working on a project to support beginning farmers in New Jersey. The SADC's role in the project involves enhancing leasing and linking resources for landowners and farmers. This includes:

  1. Developing a leasing guidebook
  2. Holding informational leasing meetings for landowners
  3. Developing and holding educational courses for landowners
  4. Enhancing online linking capacities

This project is supported by funds from the USDA Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program (NIFA #2011-49400-30739) and will apply to all farms, traditional and organic.

1. Farmland Leasing Guidebook

January 2014 update: The new guidebook, "Leasing Farmland in New Jersey: A Guide for Landowners and Farmers," is now available. See below to learn more and request a copy.

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When it comes to leasing, landowners and farmers often have the same questions:

  • What do I need to consider (when making my land available/seeking access to land)?
  • How long should the lease term be?
  • What provisions should it include?
  • How much should the rental rate be?
  • What are the motivations and interests of the other party?

The SADC in collaboration with NOFA-NJ has published a new guidebook to help answer these questions and to assist landowners and farmers in creating leasing agreements and relationships that work for them. With information gathered from our conversations with New Jersey landowners and farmers, and from research of other states’ leasing guides, the guidebook includes sections on getting started, creating and maintaining your lease, sample leases, leasing profiles, and additional resources.

To request a copy of the guidebook:

The guidebook’s target audiences per the grant are beginning farmers and landowners (who are looking to either access farmland or make it available), but the published guide will be useful to all farmers.

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2. Informational Leasing Meetings for landowners and farmers

January 2014 update: Each year during the three-year project (2012-2014), the SADC and NOFA-NJ are holding three regional informational/networking meetings for landowners and farmers. See below for more information on the 2014 meetings.

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2014 meetings - Landowners and farmers looking to connect regarding leasing opportunities are invited to attend the project's three leasing networking meetings in 2014:

  • January 25, 2014 - Networking Session at the NOFA-NJ Winter Conference
  • March 7, 2014 - Networking Session as part of a Farm Site-Evaluation workshop (at Duke Farms, Hillsborough) - Workshop 3:00 - 6:00 pm (Networking from 5-6 pm)
  • Date of Final Spring 2014 Networking Session TBD - (Had been 3/14 - Is being rescheduled for later in Spring 2014)

For more information and to sign up, contact the SADC at (609) 984-2504 or email hillary.barile@ag.state.nj.us or david.kimmel@ag.state.nj.us.

2013 meetings - The meetings focused on discussing leasing resources, experiences, and opportunities. They were designed to help introduce landowners to the basics about leasing and making their land available for farming, and to provide farmers with an opportunity to meet potential lease partners. The goals were for landowners and farmers to:

  • Learn about leasing strategies, considerations, and opportunities
  • Hear from farmer speakers on their leasing experiences and recommendations
  • Network with and hear from other landowners

For more information on the 2013 meetings, see the outreach flier for the 2013 meetings.

2012 meetings - For more information on the 2012 meetings, see the general announcement for the 2012 meetings.

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3. Educational courses for landowners

January 2014 update: The SADC has developing and is offering leasing-related educational courses for landowners. Farmers may attend as well. In 2014, a conlfict-management course, "Maintaining Farmland Leases: Managing Conflict in Your Lease Agreement," is being offered. In 2013, a "Leasing 101 Workshop" was offered. See below for more information on the courses, which are being offered in collaboration with NOFA-NJ.

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2014 Educational Course - Landowners and farmers are invited to attend the "Maintaining Farmland Leases: Managing Conflict in Your Lease Agreement" workshop:

For more information and to sign up, contact the SADC at (609) 984-2504 or email hillary.barile@ag.state.nj.us or david.kimmel@ag.state.nj.us.

2013 Educational Course - A Leasing 101 Workshop for landowners was offered twice in 2013. For more information on the course, "Making Your Land Available for Farming: Leasing 101," see the outreach flier about the Leasing 101 workshop. 

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4. Enhancing Online Linking Capacities

The SADC and NOFA-NJ are working to enhance online linking capabilities for landowners and farmers through the development of an improved linking website. Stay tuned for more information throughout 2014.

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