County Agriculture Development Board

Now available: Our Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan(PDF, 20MB)

About the Board


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

Morris County Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan Adopted

On July 7, 2022, the Morris County Agriculture Development Board adopted the Morris County Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan. 

Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan – Morris County, NJ (


Learn about USDA’s Disaster Assistance Programs

As the state begins to assess the damage from Hurricane Ida, remember USDA is here to help. USDA offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers and livestock producers recover.

To better assist producers, USDA has published a brochure, Disaster Assistance Programs At A Glance. The brochure is a quick reference guide to available Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency disaster assistance programs.

The brochure gives a short description of each program and lets you quickly identify which program(s) are available for each natural disaster event.

Also, on, you can learn about USDA disaster assistance programs that might be right for you. With the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, you answer five questions about the natural disasters that have impacted your operation to find out which USDA programs offer assistance.

To learn how to apply for disaster programs, contact your local USDA Service Center at


Rutgers Cooperative Extension Information About Spotted Lanternfly in NJ

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species that can be very damaging to plants, trees and crops.

Information about Spotted Lanternfly can be found on the Rutgers Cooperative Extension website.


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 for more information. 

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,, 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

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

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