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New Jersey State Office

State Executive Director

Lindsay Caragher

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State Office Address

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

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CFAP 2 has Reopened

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 will reopen sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021. Learn more about applying for CFAP 2 and other recent CFAP updates.

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

Proposals for Outreach Cooperative Agreements Accepted Now

Farm Service Agency announced the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. These cooperative agreements will support participation in programs offered by FSA, including those part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Interested organizations must submit proposals by May 5, 2021. Learn more.

Coronavirus and USDA Service Centers

USDA Service Centers in New Jersey will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. In the event a Service Center is not currently available to serve customers on location, producers can receive assistance from the closest alternate Service Center by phone. Learn more at

New Jersey Service Center Phone Numbers

Dial extension 2 for FSA, 3 for NRCS, and 4 for RD
(*Offices with Rural Development and FSA Farm Loans)

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

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)

  • 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 #M4567 is due to Tropical Storm Isaias
  • Presidential Disaster Designation #M4566 is due to Tropical Storm Isaias
  • Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4748 is due to losses caused by Freeze and Frost

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.

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.

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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 2020 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

Click Here for more information.

Your New Jersey State FSA Committee

  • Linda A. DuBois (Committee Chair) - Pittsgrove
  • Samuel G. Conard - Hillsborough
  • Sean Gertner - Jackson

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2020 New Jersey County Committee Schedules


8:30 AM


8:30 AM


Time Varies


9:00 AM


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March 30March 19

March 17

10:00 AM

March 10

March 5

1:30 PM

March 11

1:30 PM

April 27April 16

April 21

5:00 PM

April 14

April 2

7:30 PM

April 8

7:00 PM

May 18May 21

May 19

5:00 PM

May 12

May 7

7:30 PM

May 13

7:00 PM

June 29June 18

June 16

5:00 PM

June 9

June 4

7:30 PM

June 10

7:00 PM

July 27July 16

July 21

5:00 PM

July 14

July 2

7:30 PM

July 8

7:00 PM

August 31August 20

August 18

5:00 PM

August 11

August 6

7:30 PM

August 12

7:00 PM

September 28September 17

September 15

5:00 PM

September 8

September 3

7:30 PM

September 9

7:00 PM

October 26October 15

October 20

5:00 PM

October 13

October 1

7:30 PM

October 14

7:00 PM

November 30November 19

November 17

5:00 PM

November 10

November 5

1:30 PM

November 12

1:30 PM

Please note, meetings are held on an as needed basis and are subject to change or cancellation.

Only the Regular Session is open to the public. Please contact the office prior to attending.

The December meeting will be scheduled upon release of the COC Election notice for Ballot Counting purposes.

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