County Agriculture Development Board

About the Board

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The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders (now County Commissioners) created the Morris County Agriculture Development Board (CADB) in 1983. The board was formed to oversee the farmland preservation program. The program enabled the County to offer farm owners the opportunity to preserve their farms, while continuing to own and maintain them. Since its creation the CADB has had 27 volunteer members (see the History of Morris CADB Membership(PDF, 12KB) ). Read the Board’s Mission Statement(PDF, 7KB) .

The CADB is made up of seven voting members – four farmer and three public members. There are also seven non-voting members: three advisory members and four ex-officio members.

Farmland Preservation Program

Latest News

North Jersey RC&D Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program

North Jersey RC&D has received funding from the USDA to provide farms in northern New Jersey a renewable energy assessment.

Please visit https://www.northjerseyrcd.org/reda for more information. 

Morris Preserves its 138th Farm

NRCS Announces ACEP Signup for 2021 Funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Applications that meet eligibility and ranking criteria for ACEP received by February 5, 2021 will be considered for the 2021 program. Learn more.

USDA to Invest up to $360 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invited potential conservation partners to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS will award up to $360 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.

Farmers’ Guide to Innovative USDA Programs and Resources

Today’s farmers are changing the way we farm and eat in this country. Read the new Farmers’ Guide to Innovative USDA Programs and Resources(PDF, 6MB) ; it’s for anyone who is farming – or thinking about getting into farming – whether you’re a beginner or just looking to try something new.

SADC Landowner Guide Available

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 a landowner guide(PDF, 94KB)  to help preserved farmland owners understand the SADC’s procedures for condemnation of preserved farmland.

Website Makes It Easier for Farmers to Find Land, and Landowners to Find Farmers

The State Agriculture Development Committee’s (SADC’s) NJ Land Link website, www.njlandlink.org, connects farmers who are seeking land or farming opportunities, with those who have farmland or business opportunities available.

Guidebook Explains the Basics of Farm Leases for New Jersey Farmland Owners and Farmers

The State Agriculture Development Committee’s (SADC’s) guidebook, Leasing Farmland in New Jersey, includes information on creating and maintaining a lease, sample leases, profiles of various leasing arrangements, and additional resources to assist with leasing issues. Download the guidebook(PDF, 1MB).

Promote Your Farm or Event on VisitNJ.org

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has been in discussions the state Division of Travel and Tourism, concerning gaining more exposure for our farms and agricultural events on the Division’s very popular and highly-used website www.visitnj.org.

Read more about how to list your agribusiness or farm(PDF, 114KB).