On August 27th the Farm Service Agency announced details of the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to assist farmers with the economic effects of retaliatory tariffs on their bottom line. The New Jersey Farm Service Agency will be holding informational meetings throughout New Jersey to educate farmers about MFP and to allow them to sign up for the program. For more information on MFP, including eligible crops and initial payment rates click here or see the MFP Fact Sheet by clicking here.
Please note: Beginning September 4th of this year, MFP applications will be available online at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Producers will also be able to submit their MFP applications in person, by email, fax, or by mail.
FSA will be taking applications at each meeting and you may apply at the event even if you are not serviced out of that office. We recommend, but do not require, that you bring with you verifiable or reliable production evidence for eligible crops for which harvest has been completed (i.e. wheat)
North Jersey: Wednesday, September 12th at 9:00 AM
Central Jersey: Thursday September 13th at 7:30 PM
South Jersey: Tuesday, September 18th at 9:00 AM
For information contact your local office if you have any questions.
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact: the office listed above or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 at least 3 business days prior to the meeting.
Click here for a special election message from
New Jersey State Executive Director, Barry Calogero
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.
FSA’s been across the country interviewing current committee members to spotlight their involvement in their county.
Read what they have to say and check back each week.
More information and documentation can be found at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
Important Election Dates
Aug. 1, 2018 - Last day to file nomination forms at the local USDA Service Center
Nov. 5, 2018 - Ballots mailed to eligible voters
Dec. 3, 2018 - Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center
Jan. 1, 2019 - Newly elected county committee members take office
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 information 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:
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 March 15th is the final deadline for the 2018 crop year. Contact your local FSA office for details.
Farmers in the following counties are eligible for Emergency Loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA):
Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification - Farmers in Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Burlington, Atlantic, Camden, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean and Warren Counties who suffered severe physical losses caused by excessive snow, excessive rain, flooding and high winds that occurred March 2, 2018, through March 7, 2018. Applications must be received by February 8, 2019.
Presidential Designation - Farmers in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties who suffered physical losses caused by severe winter storms and snow storm that occurred March 6, 2018 and March 7, 2018. Applications must be received by February 8, 2019.
Secretarial Disaster Declaration - Farmers in Cumberland and Salem Counties who suffered losses caused by torrential rains and flooding from April 25, 2018 to June 21, 2018 Applications must be received by March 18, 2019.
Please contact your local County Office for more information or visit our website at www.fsa.usda.gov/nj
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.
The Farm Service Agency is a safety outlet for producers. It helps ensure:
Our Goals are to:
FSA has six regional county offices. Click here to find your office.
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 list of approved double -cropping combination for 2018 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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State Executive Director
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