GLOUCESTER COUNTY SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICT
FARMLAND PRESERVATION PROGRAM
Year Program -
Under this program, landowners voluntarily restrict non-agricultural development
on their land for eight years. In exchange, participants are eligible for
cost-sharing grants for soil and water conservation projects and other statutory
benefits and protections.
Most permanently preserved farmland is enrolled in the Easement Purchase
Program, under which landowners sell the development rights on their land to the
County Agriculture Development Board (CADB). Compensation for this sale is based
on the appraised value the development rights on the land. The landowner retains
ownership of the land and is eligible for certain benefits and protections.
Some landowners have taken advantage of the significant income and estate tax
benefits of the Easement Donation Program. Under this program development
easements are donated, rather than sold, to either the State Agriculture
Development Committee (SADC) or CADB. The easement donor receives the same
benefits and protections as other participants in the Farmland Preservation
Program and the farmland is permanently preserved.
Under this program, farms are acquired by the SADC based on their fair market
values and are subsequently auctioned to private owners after agricultural deed
restrictions are in place. This option is best for landowners who do not want to
retain ownership of the land.
you are interested in participating in any of the programs listed above, contact
the Gloucester County Office of Land Preservation at
CONSERVATION COST SHARE
funding for conservation incentives and installations is available through the
New Jersey Department of Agriculture, State Soil Conservation Committee in
cooperation with local soil conservation districts. Funds will be used to
provide technical assistance and cost share payments.
funds for cost sharing will be added to those funds available from the Federal
EQIP program to make an overall larger funding pool available for projects.
Applicants will file a USDA and NJDA applications, which will be evaluated and
prioritized as a single application in the same manner as EQIP.
forms for the EQIP and the State Conservation Cost Share Program can be obtained
at your local soil conservation district office or any USDA Service Center.
USDA-NRCS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
In addition to State and County assistance,
producers and farmers in Gloucester County may receive technical and
financial assistance through provisions in Farm Bill Legislation and the
Conservation Technical Assistance Program. Visit the Natural Resources
Conservation Service NJ website (http://www.nj.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/)
to learn more about programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), Farmland Protection
Program (FPP), Conservation Reserve Program (CREP), and Forestry Incentives