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AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD

CADB Board Meetings - Agendas and Minutes

April 8, CADB Meeting Agenda
This meeting will be held via Zoom
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About the CADB

The CADB Mission

CADB Program Objectives

SADC Deer Fencing Grant Program

SADC Ag Mediation

The Right to Farm in NJ 

  - Right to Farm Information
     - Presentation

Hunterdon County Comprehensive Preservation Plan

Hunterdon's Agriculture

Looking for Farmland?

Why We Should Preserve Our Farms

County's Preserved Farms as of 01/01/2021

Farmland Preservation Programs Available

Program Application Forms

Farmstands & Markets in Hunterdon County

CADB Board and Staff Information

 

PHONE: 908.788.1490
FAX: 908.806.4149
EMAIL: cadb@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

IN THE NEWS...

Informational Workshop Monday November 2nd at 7pm

NJ Conservation Foundation's Black River Greenway Regional Conservation Partnership Program has dedicated EQIP funding for conservation practices that improve water quality on farms in the Black River Greenway. read more...
American Farmland Trust (AFT)

Grant applications open for a new program fueled by Tillamook Country Creamery for awards of up to $5,000 to help growers improve farm viability, access land, improve land security, facilitate farm transfers and increase resilience to climate change. “
Hunterdon Freeholders Add Another 60 Acres To Preserved Farmland List

Hunterdon County’s Freeholder Board approved funding the addition of two more farm properties to the County’s farmland preservation inventory, encompassing sixty acres in Franklin Township and East Amwell, with funding assistance from the municipalities and the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC), during the October 6th Freeholder meeting. read more...
American Farmland Trust (AFT)

The American Farmland Trust (AFT) has just issued its multi-year study on farmland loss across the nation during the period of 2001-2016 (link here: “Farms Under Threat: The State of the States” ).  Importantly, the study evaluates and ranks each state's policy response to farmland loss in order to identify the policies and programs that are most important and effective in ensuring farmland protection. New Jersey earned the TOP RANK  of all of the states in the country for its policies related to farmland protection! (Scorecard is hereAgricultural Land Protection Scorecard ). This recognition is a great achievement for the state and is a reflection of the New Jersey's 35+ year history of supporting farmland preservation by many administrations, legislators, local governments, voters, and the farming community combined.
The Right to Farm

The Right to Farm in NJ...
Hunterdon County Planning Board brings farmers and neighbors together in a Right-To-Farm Act conversation on Thursday, November 15, 2018.
  -  PBS-39 VIDEO
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NJ SADC PRESENTATION

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About the CADB

Hunterdon County has preserved many of its scenic vistas of rolling fields with hay, corn, and soy in active production. Hunterdon County continues to have a large land area of farms: more than 120,000 farmland assessed acres according to the county parcel and tax data as of 2017. This number amounts to about 44% of the total land acreage of the County. The average farm size in Hunterdon County is 63 acres. There is a trend towards high value crops and specialty crops and animals, such as vegetables, horticulture and organic foods and herbs. Horse farms continue to be popular, hence the market for the County's large hay production.

Hunterdon County's Farmland Preservation Program is administered by the CADB.

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CADB Mission Statement

To define the CADB's role in farmland preservation and to help guide future policies, the following mission statement and program objectives were adopted by the CADB: "Promote the present and future of Hunterdon County agriculture by preserving agricultural land and by promoting public education and agricultural viability."

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CADB Program Objectives

  • Create critical masses of preserved farmland.
  • Preserve farms characterized by soils of prime and statewide importance.
  • Give priority to farms with implemented soil conservation plans.
  • Coordinate CADB preservation efforts with State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC), municipal, and nonprofit organization farmland preservation efforts.
  • Promote the education of farmers, government officials, and the public about farmland preservation, the Right to Farm Act, and other pertinent agricultural matters.
  • Work with municipal, county, and state agencies and nonprofit organizations to encourage tourism.
  • Promote agribusiness opportunities through education and advocacy.
  • Promote soil and water stewardship on preserved farms by requiring an implemented soil conservation plan that is periodically updated.

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HUNTERDON COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PRESERVATION PLAN - 2008

FINAL: Hunterdon County Comprehensive Preservation Plan 2008
(Note this is a large PDF document, it has been broken down for easier downloading and convenience - a full download link is also available)

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Agriculture in Hunterdon County

Hunterdon County continues to be a leader in agriculture. According to the 2018 NJ Department of Agriculture Annual Report and the 2017 US Census of Agriculture. Hunterdon County leads the State in farmland acreage, hay production value, and hay harvested acreage. Hunterdon is among the top counties in corn production, cattle, and equine.

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Looking for Farmland?

The following resources are available to farmers interested in Hunterdon County:

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Why Preserve Farms?

Farmland is a non-renewable resource - when it's gone it's gone forever. With the current rate of development in Hunterdon County, farmland is vanishing before our eyes.

The question to ask is: "Why preserve farmland?" The population in Hunterdon County has increased by nearly 40% since 1980. More people means more development. Unfortunately, the land that is best for development is typically prime farmland. With the farmland preservation program, the quality and location of farms can be targeted to preserve and prevent them from being permanently lost to development.

Agriculture offers a special quality of life that most residents in Hunterdon County enjoy. It stabilizes property taxes because farms require less governmental services than residential development. It also maintains clean air by generating little traffic, provides fresh local produce, and offers attractive vistas.

The majority of residents in Hunterdon County depend on ground water for their drinking water supply. Farmland provides groundwater recharge areas. These are areas that allow rain water to filter back into the ground. In turn, by preserving farmland, we are contributing to the conservation of water.

Through various public forums and opinion surveys, Hunterdon County residents have clearly stated their desire to preserve the County's rural character. The Hunterdon County Farmland Preservation Program and newly adopted Open Space Trust Fund are aggressively seeking to achieve this goal.

In November 1998, statewide funding for farmland preservation dramatically increased with the establishment of a dedicated funding source. The Garden State preservation trust, on average, will allocate $60 million dollars per year for ten years to farmland preservation efforts. With this substantial increase in funding, the Hunterdon County Farmland Preservation Program has an opportunity to preserve farms unlike ever before. To date, Hunterdon County has nearly 7,000 acres of preserved farmland. The County's Farmland Preservation Program will continue to be active in helping maintain an economically viable agricultural industry.

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Permanently Preserved Farms as of January 01, 2021:

SADC INTERACTIVE WEB MAP

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Farmland Preservation Application Forms

Planning Incentive Grant Program (PIG)
The CADB is now taking applications for the Planning Incentive Grant Program.

Easement Purchase Application Form:

For details, please contact the Planning and Land Use Department at (908)788-1490, Attention Bob Hornby, CADB Administrator; or email bhornby@co.hunterdon.nj.us

Municipal Planning Incentive Grant (PIG)
Municipal PIG Farm Applications, must be submitted by the municipality.

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