New Jersey, known as the Garden State, has a vast diversity of landscapes and is a unique combination of densely populated urban centers and open agricultural areas. For a small state, agriculture in New Jersey is quite significant with more than 100 crops being produced. Despite legislative and public pressures, high input costs, and the second highest per-acre market value of farmland in the nation, 16% of New Jersey land is dedicated to agriculture production and the ag industry contributes $987 million to the state’s economy.
The Garden State is 3rd in the nation for producing Cranberries, Peaches and Spinach; 4th in Bell Pepper production; 6th in Blueberries, Cucumbers, and Squash; and 7th in Tomatoes. Other major commodities are nursery, berries, equine and aquaculture.
The Farm Service Agency
is a safety outlet for producers. It helps ensure:
- The well-being of American Agriculture, the environment, and the American People though efficient and equitable administration of farm commodity programs;
- Farm ownership, operating, and emergency loans;
- Conservation and environmental programs;
- Emergency and disaster assistance;
- Domestic and international food assistance and international export credit programs.
Our Goals are to:
- Help Farmers Conserve Land and Water Resources
- Provide Credit to New or Disadvantaged Farmers
- Help Farm Operations Recover From the Effects of Disaster
The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer take part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.
More information and documentation can be found at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
June 15, 2016
The nomination period begins
2016 Election Materials Nomination Forms
Aug. 1, 2016
Last day to file nomination forms at the local USDA Service Center
Nov. 7, 2016
Ballots mailed to eligible voters
Dec. 5, 2016
Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center
Jan. 1, 2017
Newly elected county committee members take office
Click below to access your Service Center election information:
Columbus Service Center -Burlington, Camden, and Ocean Counties (coming soon)
Freehold Service Center
- Monmouth, Mercer, and Middlesex Counties
Frenchtown Service Center
- Hunterdon and Somerset Counties
Hackettstown Service Center
- Warren, Sussex, and Morris Counties
Vineland Service Center - Cumberland, Cape May, and Atlantic Counties (coming soon)
Woodstown Service Center - Salem and Gloucester Counties (coming soon)
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See how the Farm Service Agency has benefitted New Jersey Agriculture!
2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) and in recognition of this milestone; FSA has launched a commemorative website. The web address is http://www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30
. We hope you’ll visit the site often to take an interactive, cross-country tour and see the nationwide impact of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unfold virtually over the next several months.
Farm Service Agency NJ State Office
300 Clocktower Drive, Suite 202
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690
Phone: (609) 587-0104
Fax: Administrative: (855) 305-6635
Programs: (855) 305-6513
- Russell J. Marino (Chairperson)