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.

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 and Retention Guidelines (PDF)

Approved Appraisers (PDF)

Review Appraisers (PDF)

Appraisal Resources


Appraisal Guidelines

2017 Appraiser Handbook -as adopted (PDF)

2020 Appraisal Order Checklist (WORD)  



Templates for Appraisers

Adjustment Grid for Unrestricted “Before” Sales (EXCEL)

Adjustment Grid for Restricted “After” Sales (EXCEL)



Other Guidelines

Pinelands Appraiser Handbook Supplement (PDF)

Pinelands Onsite Development Worksheet (PDF)

Transfer of Development Rights Program - Appraisal Guidelines (PDF)

Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act Outline (PDF)




Farmland Sales Data

The SADC is providing unrestricted (Before) and restricted (After) farm sales for the benefit of real estate appraisers.  These comparable sales are taken from real estate appraisals that we have reviewed for farmland preservation applications in New Jersey.  The SADC has not confirmed these transactions, and we take no responsibility for their accuracy.  However, they could be important comparable sale leads with confirmation of the details including the soils, wetlands, tillable percentages, etc.  With the most recent transactions, we have listed the gross sales price and the per-acre rates.  The per acre rates are based on the gross sale price, so they often include improvements.  Individual appraisers can estimate the contributory value of the improvements to ascertain the land per acre rates. 

Unrestricted “Before” Farm Sales (PDF)

Restricted “After” Farm Sales (PDF)


List of SADC Preserved Farms

The SADC is providing a list of all its preserved farms since the program’s inception in 1983. This is not a list of recent sales. This report has been developed using the SADC’s main database and designed as a tool to assist the appraisers in checking the preservation status of recent sales or other farms as well as insight to specific farm characteristics, such as soils, exceptions and dwelling opportunities, tillable acreage, etc. The block and lot numbers are included for confirmation. Some farms may be preserved by other means so never assume these are the only preserved farms. The report is sorted alphabetically by county, then by municipality, then by applicant.

The data in this report has been compiled over many years and there can be data missing, incorrect, etc. For example, the soils percentages are based on net acres, not gross, which may create issues in the cases with large exception areas. There may be cases where there has been more than one deed of easement recorded, but only one deed was picked up in the report. Likewise, some may be located in more than one municipality. We encourage the appraisers to pull the deed(s) of easement for more accurate information. The SADC takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this report. All data should be confirmed in the appraiser’s own due diligence. This is being provided as an additional resource and courtesy to the appraisers.

List of SADC Preserved Farms (PDF)


Links to Helpful Websites


NJ GeoWeb - For aerial images, wetlands, contaminated sites, Pinelands, Highlands and more through various mapping layers.

NJ Conservation Blueprint – for soils, wetlands, preservation, Highlands/Pinelands and general property info.

NJ Conservation Blueprint Instructions (PDFNote:  NJ Conservation Blueprint works best in the browsers Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.  It does not work in Explorer.


Web Soil Survey – for soil info and classifications.

Web Soil Survey Instructions (PDF)

NJ Preserved Farmland Web Map – for preservation info, Highlands/Pinelands, wetlands, sewer service info.

Highlands Interactive MapGenerate custom maps and reports for farms within the Highlands; reports can be used to help determine septic density.

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For more information regarding the NJ Highlands, please see their website:

NJ Highlands Council

For listings of farms for sale:

NJ Land Link

Land and Farm


SADC Appraisal Review Staff

Richard Martin
(609) 913-6570

Jolyn Czerniecki
(609) 913-6586