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New Jersey State Office

State Executive Director

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State Office Address

300 Clocktower Dr
Suite 202
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690
(609) 587-0104
(855) 305-6635

About New Jersey FSA

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:

  • Stabilize Farm Income
  • Help Farmers Conserve Land and Water Resources
  • Provide Credit to New or Disadvantaged Farmers
  • Help Farm Operations Recover From the Effects of Disaster

FSA has six regional county offices. Click here to find your office.

New and Important

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CFAP 2 Closes October 12, 2021

call you local FSA office today!

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. Farm Service Agency reopened sign-up for CFAP 2 on April 5, 2021 through October 12, 2021. Learn more about applying for CFAP 2 and other recent CFAP updates.

On 8/24, Secretary Vilsack announced a number of policy updates for CFAP 2 that took effect on 8/30. These include; final livestock contract grower provisions, the addition of grass seed as an eligible sales commodity and the option of sales commodity applicants to use 2018 sales as a basis for their payment rather than 2019. Sales commodities, like fruits, vegetables, aquaculture and nursery crops have payments based on a percentage of gross sales from either 2018 or 2019. Those that have already applied, even if they have already received funds, may revise their applications based on the program updates.

Please note that commodity eligibility was established on the national level and therefore you did not have to have personally experienced a loss to be eligible for payments.  

Pandemic Assistance for Producers

USDA is committed to delivering financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers who have been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions through our new initiative – USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers. Stay updated on announcements under the USDA Pandemic Assistance to Producers initiative at

Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides grants to food processors, distributors, farmers markets, and producers to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID–19). This program is authorized and funded under section 751 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Pub. L. No. 116—260). U

Important Dates:
Application Period Opens: September 23, 2021
Application Period Closes: 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 8, 2021

All applications submitted before the deadline will be considered for funding. Applications will not be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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New Jersey Service Centers Reopening to Visitors by Appointment Only

New Jersey Service Centers are now open to a limited number of visitors by appointment only. Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools.

To make an in-person or phone appointment, call:

  • Columbus Service Center, Columbus*: 609-267-1639
  • Freehold Service Center, Freehold: 732-462-0075
  • Frenchtown Service Center, Frenchtown: 908-782-4614
  • Hackettstown Service Center, Hackettstown*: 908-852-2576
  • Vineland Service Center, Vineland*: 856-205-1225
  • Woodstown Service Center, Woodstown: 856-769-1126

Dial extension 2 for FSA, 3 for NRCS, and 4 for RD 

(*Offices with Rural Development and FSA Farm Loans)

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Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input is vital on how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Click below to access your Service Center election information:     

Important Election Dates

June 15, 2021
The nomination period begins. Request nomination forms from your local USDA Service Center or download from this site.

Aug. 2, 2021
Last day to file nomination forms at the local USDA Service Center. 

Nov. 1, 2021
Ballots mailed to eligible voters.

Dec. 6, 2021
Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center.

Jan. 1, 2022
Newly elected county committee members take office.

2021 Election Materials

Nomination Forms

County Committee Brochure - County Committee Brochure (PDF)

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Don't Risk Your USDA Benefits - Food Security Act 

In order to maintain eligibility for most USDA programs, producers must comply with the Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions, agreeing they will not:

  • Produce an agricultural commodity on highly erodible land without an adequate conservation system;
  • Plant an agricultural commodity on a converted wetland;
  • Convert a wetland to make possible the production of an agricultural commodity.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is responsible for providing program participants technical assistance and determinations to assist them in complying with the provisions.

We invite you to reach out to your local USDA Service Center if you have any questions.

New Jersey HELC/WC Fact Sheets:

New Jersey Highly Erodible Land fact sheet

New Jersey Gully Erosion fact sheet

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Please reach out your local FSA office if you or anyone you know has experienced crop or farm property damage as a result of recent weather events. This informatPumpkin Damageion is vital for emergency declarations which make additional assistance available to you and your peers.

Farm Service Agency has programs to assist with fruit trees, berry bushes, ornamental, and vine losses as well as losses of livestock, honeybees, and farm raised fish. These programs are not insurance programs and do not require purchasing coverage prior to the weather event or disaster (excludes NAP). Click on the links below for information on some of our programs:

Crop Damage

Property Damage

If you have crop coverage under the Non Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and feel that the weather has affected your covered crop
please make sure you contact your local FSA office immediately (within 72 hours). If you would like to sign up for NAP contact your local FSA office for details.

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Disaster Designations

Farmers in the following counties are eligible for Emergency Loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)

  • Presidential Disaster Designation #M4597 is due to severe winter storms and snowstorms
  • Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4908 is due to excessive rain
  • Presidential Disaster Designation #M4574 is due to Tropical Storm Isaias
  • Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4892 is due to High winds, heavy rains, and Hurricane Isais
  • Presidential Disaster Designation #M4566 is due to Tropical Storm Isaias
  • Presidential Disaster Designation #M4567 is due to Tropical Storm Isaias

Please contact your local County Office for more information or visit our Emergency Loan website at or read the Disaster Designations Fact Sheet by clicking here.

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About New Jersey Agriculture!

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.

Check out the video below to find out more about Morris Gbolo of World Crops Farms who take advantage of FSA Loans and Programs to help keep the garden in the Garden State.

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Each year, state committees will review and approve or disapprove county committee recommended changes or additions to specific combinations of crops.

Double-cropping is approved when the two specific crops have the capability to be planted and carried to maturity for the intended use, as reported by the producer, on the same acreage within a crop year under normal growing conditions. The specific combination of crops recommended by the county committee must be approved by the state committee.

Double-cropping is approved in New Jersey on a county-by-county basis. Click here to see the 2021 Approved Double Cropping Combination list or contact your local FSA Office for a list of approved double-cropping combinations for your county.

A crop following a cover crop terminated according to termination guidelines is approved double cropping and these combinations do not have to be approved by the state committee.

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New Jersey Accomplishments

See how the Farm Service Agency has benefited New Jersey Agriculture!

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Resources for Small & Mid-Size Farmers

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Your New Jersey State FSA Committee

  • To be announced 

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