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County Committee Election Season is Here!

Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Ballots to Mail November 4th.

Click here for an important message from
New Jersey FSA
State Executive Director
Barry Calogero

The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committees runs June 14 through Aug. 1, 2019, and elections will take place starting in November.

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.

Throughout the nomination period, we’ll introduce you to county committee members from around the nation. To see their stories and to learn more on FSA county committees, visit

Fact Sheets:

Important Election Dates  

June 14, 2019 - The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committees runs June 14 through Aug. 1, 2019, and elections will take place starting in November. 

2019 Election Nomination Forms:

Aug. 1, 2019 - Last day to file nomination forms at the local USDA Service Center   

Nov. 4, 2019 - Ballots mailed to eligible voters  

Dec. 2, 2019 - Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center 

Jan. 1, 2020 - Newly elected county committee members take office         

Click below to access your Service Center election information:     

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The 2018 Farm Bill reclassified hemp, and it is now legal to grow industrial hemp. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced a rule that outlines how states and tribes can submit plans that will enable producers to grow hemp in those areas. 

Click on the links below for additional information:

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Farm Service Agency Update

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Risk Management Agency (RMA)

Check out the new Guide to Farm Bill Programs

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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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Become a Flock Defender

The U.S. poultry industry is one of the largest in the world and an important sector of our agricultural economy. Keeping birds safe from infectious disease is a top priority and responsibility for all owners, growers, workers, and enthusiasts involved in raising poultry. Disease outbreaks, such as Avian Influenza (AI), Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) and Salmonella, lead to devastation of our flocks and result in job and financial losses, quarantines limiting trade, and affect prices on eggs, prepared poultry, and other staples.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is committed to helping everyone protect our poultry – from commercial enterprises that raise the poultry and eggs that we consume, to individuals who raise chickens and other breeds in their backyards, to poultry fanciers who participate in shows and fairs.

APHIS continues to expand the Defend the Flock education program, providing the information, tools, and resources you need to make sure that you are doing everything possible to keep your birds healthy and reduce the risk that an infectious disease will spread from your property to other flocks.

Through the Defend the Flock program, APHIS is encouraging and preparing all poultry owners, including backyard growers, to maintain biosecurity practices at all times. Biosecurity is the key to keeping our nation’s poultry healthy. It’s a responsibility that we all share. Working together, we can defend all flocks from avian influenza and other infectious diseases. Visit the Defend the Flock Commercial Biosecurity and Backyard Biosecurity pages to learn more.

The Defend the Flock Resource Center has 24/7 access to checklists and other tools, videos, webinars and educational resources to help you keep your flocks safe and healthy. Materials are available for download or print to share with friends and family, staff, partners, students and other current and future “Flock Defenders.” Connect with Defend the Flock on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute news and information, including notice of new resources.

Defend the Flock reflects the knowledge, insights, and experience of USDA, veterinarians, professional owners and growers, scientists, and other poultry management experts about the practice of good biosecurity. By committing to making biosecurity an “every day, every time” practice, all growers are partners in keeping diseases, and the pathogens that carry them, away from birds, property and people.

Visit the APHIS website at: 

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2018 Crop Year Disaster Designations

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

  • NEW Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4519 is due to losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, and flooding
    • Incident Period of April 1, 2019 - June 21, 2019
    • 1 Primary County New Jersey: Burlington
    • 5 Contiguous Counties in New Jersey: Atlantic, Camden, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean. 2 Pennsylvania Counties: Bucks, Philadelphia
    • Application Deadline: close of business April 29, 2020.
  • Secretarial Disaster Designation #S4479 is due to losses caused by excessive precipitation
    • Incident Period of July 23, 2018 and continuing
    • 20 Primary Counties in New York
    • 3 Contiguous Counties in New Jersey, Sussesx, Passaic, and Bergen Counties, 25 New York Counties, 8 Pennsylvania Counties, and 1 Massachusetts County
    • Application Deadline: close of business December 10, 2019.

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


Barry Calogero (Biography)
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 A. DuBois (Committee Chair) - Pittsgrove
  • Kurt W. Alstede - Chester
  • Samuel G. Conard - Hillsborough
  • Martin J. Bullock - Cream Ridge
  • Sean Gertner - Jackson

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County Committee Meeting Schedule

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