Grant Funding Available to Assist New Jersey Farmers Installing Deer Fencing on Preserved Farms

The SADC is offering a new round of cost-sharing grants for farmers to assist with installing deer fencing on permanently preserved farms to protect against crop losses. The SADC will provide 50 percent matching grants to qualifying established farmers for the cost of fencing materials and installation. Applications will be ranked and prioritized for available funding based on a number of criteria. The application deadline this round of grants is November 30, 2018. For more information:

For farmers who were approved through the first round of cost-sharing grants, see the information below:

Rural Microenterprise on Preserved Farmland

The SADC has adopted new and amended rules to implement legislation (P.L. 2015, c. 275) that allows a farmer who owns a qualifying preserved farm to apply to the SADC for a special permit to conduct a rural microenterprise (RME) on a preserved farm within certain parameters. The law also promotes and incentivizes the preservation of historic and culturally significant agricultural structures. An RME is a small-scale business or activity that is fully compatible with agricultural use and production on the preserved premises, does not detract from, diminish, or interfere with the agricultural use of the premises, and is incidental to the agricultural use of the premises. One of the qualifying criteria is that the farm must have been been preserved prior to January 12, 2006, without an exception area.

Condemnation of Preserved Farmland and Natural Gas Pipeline Projects

Recently, there has been significant interest among certain private utility companies, predominantly those related to developing natural gas pipelines and electrical transmission systems, to cross over preserved farmland for the purposes of upgrading or expanding utility system capacity. The SADC has developed the following publications to help preserved farmland owners understand the SADC's procedures for condemnation of preserved farmland and to address frequently asked questions regarding natural gas pipeline projects on preserved farms. 

Landowner Guide to SADC Procedures for the Condemnation of Preserved Farmland (July 2015)

Natural Gas Pipeline Projects on NJ Preserved Farmland: Frequently Asked Questions (December 2015)

Presentation on Evaluating Farmland Preservation in New Jersey (06/25/15)

"Evaluating Farmland Preservation in New Jersey," an overview of recent New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) research, was presented to the SADC at its June 25, 2015 meeting.

Powerpoint presentation

Solar, Wind and Biomass Law

P.L. 2009, c. 213, which affects the ability of farmers and other landowners to install solar, wind or biomass energy generation systems on farms, was signed into law in January 2010. The law identifies allowable limits and criteria for these activities on preserved farms, and for qualifying for farmland assessment and right-to-farm protection on both preserved and non-preserved farms.

Application to install energy generation facilities, structures or equipment on a preserved farm. (This application is only for projects that meet the following criteria: They will be installed on existing buildings or other existing structures, are designed to meet the energy needs of the farm and will not exceed 2 megawatts of power.)

Right to Farm Protection: The SADC has adopted an agricultural management practice (AMP) that sets forth the standards commercial farms must meet to be eligible for right-to-farm protection for solar energy generation facilities.  
 

Special Occasion Events at Wineries on Preserved Farms

P.L. 2014, ch. 16, which was signed into law on July 2, 2014, allows wineries on preserved farms to conduct special occasion events under certain conditions as part of a 44-month pilot program.

SADC Pilot Program Summary and P.L. 2014, ch. 16

Cluster Development Bill Signed Into Law

Governor Christie in August 2013 signed into law P.L. 2013, C. 106, which amends the Municipal Land Use Law to provide municipalities with enhanced provisions for the use of contiguous and non-contiguous clustering and lot-size averaging for open space, farmland and historic preservation. (See also New Jersey Future Summary of Key Provisions.) The SADC in September 2016 adopted a model agricultural deed restriction template for municipalities seeking to preserve farmland through contiguous and noncontiguous clustering.

Medical Marijuana on Farms

In response to inquiries, the SADC on December 8, 2011 issued a Question and Answer Document to provide clarification regarding medical marijuana as it relates to preserved farms and eligibility for protection under the Right to Farm Act.

Presentations

On-Farm Solar Energy Generation (7.93MB), 11/05/10, American Planning Association-NJ