The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) certifies licensed real estate appraisers to do the special work of appraising farmland and determining the value of development easements.

Only appraisals conducted by approved appraisers will be accepted by the SADC for farmland preservation projects seeking SADC approval and funding. In selecting appraisers, the SADC follows specific Appraiser Selection Guidelines as per NJAC 2:76-6.21.

We approve individual appraisers (not firms).  Any agency using our list should confirm that the appraiser has the proper E&O insurance and meets the specific requirements of their organization.  The SADC does not guarantee that the approved appraisers meet outside organizations’ requirements. 

The SADC also periodically contracts with appraisers to serve as SADC review appraisers. For a list of appraisers currently under contract to serve as review appraisers, click here.

When completing appraisals, appraisers use the New Jersey Farmland Preservation Program Appraiser's Handbook. Appraisers also follow the appraisal guidelines established for the Transfer of Development Rights Program.

For more information on the farmland appraisal process, contact the State Agriculture Development Committee at (609) 984-2504.


Appraiser Selection Rule (see N.J.A.C. 2:76-6.21)

Appraiser Retention and Removal Rule (see N.J.A.C. 2:76-6.22)

Approved Appraisers

Review Appraisers

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Appraisal Guidelines

2022 Appraisal Handbook -as adopted

2022 Handbook Checklist

2020 Appraisal Order Checklist

2023 Appraisers' Conference

2022 Appraisers' Conference


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Templates for Appraisers

Adjustment Grid for Unrestricted “Before” Sales

Adjustment Grid for Restricted “After” Sales

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Farmland Sales Data

Pursuant to Daniel’s Law, P.L. 2021, Chapter 371, this information is no longer available on the SADC public website.


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List of SADC Preserved Farms

Pursuant to Daniel’s Law, P.L. 2021, Chapter 371, this information is no longer available on the SADC public website.

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Links to Helpful Websites

New Flood Protection Rules

DCA NJ Community Asset Map

NJ GeoWeb

NJ Conservation Blueprint

NJ Conservation Blueprint Instructions (PDF)

Web Soil Survey

Web Soil Survey Instructions (PDF)

NJ Preserved Farmland Web Map 

NJ Land Link – Listings of farms for sale

Land and Farm – Listings of farms for sale

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Pinelands & Highlands

NJ Pinelands

NJ Pinelands Commission

Pinelands Interactive Map

PDC Bank

Pinelands Appraiser Handbook Supplement

Pinelands Onsite Development Worksheet


NJ Highlands

NJ Highlands Council

Highlands Interactive Map

Transfer of Development Rights Program - Appraisal Guidelines

Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act Outline

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Agricultural Land Easement (ALE)

These are lands that have been preserved with a certain percentage of federal funding.  The ALE requirements are more stringent than the typical farmland preservation easement.  Therefore, the appraisers should consider if a property rights adjustment is necessary for the additional restrictions.  The following is a guidance document that explains the program, as well as a comparison chart between farms with ALE funding and those without.  The above list of SADC preserved farms has a column at the end that indicates if the farm was preserved with ALE funding, to determine if an adjustment is necessary to the comparable sale.

ALE Guidance Document

ALE Comparison Chart

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SADC Appraisal Review Staff

Richard Martin
(609) 913-6570

Jolyn Czerniecki
(609) 913-6586


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