The Hunterdon County Agriculture Development Board (CADB) and the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders have stepped up their commitment to farmland preservation by increasing the frequency of accepting farmland preservation applications to two times per year beginning in August 2015.
The Hunterdon County CADB & the Freeholder Board have been at the forefront of preserving farmland to benefit Hunterdon county farmers, insure agricultural viability and enhance county quality of life since 1985. The CADB and Freeholder Board have worked closely with the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) and our municipal and non–profit partners, and most importantly our Hunterdon County farm families in preserving over 30,000 acres represented in over 380 farms.
Historically the county preservation program has accepted farmland preservation applications on an annual basis. As the preservation process has evolved, so have the funding levels and availability. Funding sources are moving toward a more competitive model with fewer dollars available. The CADB and Freeholder Board revised the County application process to insure the typical high ranking Hunterdon farm would not be prejudiced by a lag in application timing. The CADB and Freeholder Board have directed CADB staff to accept County, Municipal and Non-Profit preservation applications in the spring and fall of each year.
The 2015 Fall Round of applications are due to CADB staff on or before Wednesday August 19, 2015. Following that will be the 2016 Spring Round, with applications due on or before Wednesday March 16, 2016.
For any questions regarding the Hunterdon County Farmland Preservation Program or applications process please contact your municipal Ag Liaisons, or Hunterdon CADB staff at (908) 788 1490.