New Jersey

Have you suffered any losses due to recent severe weather?

Wind Damage

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:

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 March 15th is the final deadline for the 2018 crop year. Contact your local FSA office for details.


NEW JERSEY WELCOMES NEW STATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR -BARRY CALOGERO

FSA State Executive Director

New Jersey Farm Service Agency is happy to welcome our new State Executive Director (SED) Barry Calogero, who officially started on November 27th. Mr. Calogero brings over 30 years of financial experience across various domestic and international operations managing large groups of people globally, most recently serving as operations manager for Greater Alliance Federal Credit Union. He has previously worked as a senior vice president at ConvergEx Group, the managing director of operation at HSBC Securities Inc., and Baring Securities. Mr. Calogero lives in Jackson New Jersey, where he serves as a Councilman, with his wife of thirty three years. He has three children and one grandchild.

Director Calogero looks forward to travelling around New Jersey to meet our farmers and working hard to help New Jersey agriculture succeed. He is excited about working with United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue in carrying out the administrations motto of “Do right and feed everyone”.


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.


Double-Cropping

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.


County Committee Elections

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.

ELECTION RESULTS

  • Columbus Office:
    • Patrick Giberson, LAA 1: Northeastern Burlington County
    • Wendy Brunt, LAA 2: Northwestern Burlington County
  • Freehold Office:
    • Scott Taylor, LAA 3: Mercer and Western Monmouth County
  • Frenchtown Office:
    • Frank Hahola Jr, LAA 1: Alexandria, Kingwood, and Holland Townships
    • Bernard Beatty, LAA 2: Bethlehem, Clinton, Franklin, Lebanon, and Union Townships
  • Hackettstown Office:
    • James Kuperus, LAA 1: Northern Sussex County
    • Thomas Kucharski, LAA 4: Eastern Warren County
  • Vineland Office:
    • Jim Wenger, LAA 2: Fairfield, Deerfield, Millville, Lawrence, Downe and Commercial Townships
    • Anthony Melora, LAA 4: Hammonton, Mullica, Hamilton, Folsom and Weymouth Townships
  • Woodstown Office:
    • Eric Davis, LAA5: Eastern Salem County/ Gloucester County

Results do not include alternate


New Jersey Accomplishments

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


Resources for Small & Mid-Size Farmers


Contact...

Barry Calogero
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

Your State Committee
  • Linda DuBois (Committee Chair) - Pittsgrove
  • Kurt Alstede - Chester
  • Sam Conard - Hillsborough
  • Vacant
  • Vacant