Farm Bill Programs in 2010

Farm Bill Programs in New Jersey - 2010

In 2010 New Jersey received more than $16 million through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) for eligible landowners and agricultural producers through USDA voluntary programs.

NRCS Program Contracts  Number of Contracts
or Easements
Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) $324,715 17  
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) $71,225 9  
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) $5.18 million 143  
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) $223,816 11  
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) $8.88 million 17  
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) $59,749 5  
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) $1.16 million 3  
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) $417,068 25  

Farm Bill Program assistance is provided by NRCS from six locations throughout the State. New Jersey landowners and agricultural producers can visit their local service center to receive help in planning and implementing conservation practices on their land. The charts provided below show program allocations by Service Centers.

Chart showing Fiscal Year 2010 Contracts by Service Centers Service Center Location New Jersey Counties Served Acres contracted for conservation in FY2010
Hackettstown Morris, Sussex, Warren, Bergen, Hudson, Essex, and Passaic
Frenchtown (Pittstown) Hunterdon, Somerset, and Union
Freehold Middlesex, Monmouth, and Mercer
Columbus Burlington, Camden, and Ocean
Woodstown Gloucester and Salem
Vineland Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland

AMA FY10 contracts charted by NRCS Service Center locationAgricultural Management Assistance (AMA)

AMA provides cost share assistance to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control. In New Jersey, the program specifically targets beginning and limited resource farmers, small farms, and producers who have had limited participation in other USDA financial assistance programs. Producers may construct or improve water management structures or irrigation structures; plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or transition to organic farming. In 2010, there were 17 contracts awarded with $324,715 in allocated AMA funds on 473.2 acres of land.


AWEP FY10 contracts charted by NRCS Service Center locationAgricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)

AWEP is a voluntary conservation program under the 2008 Farm Bill available only in approved watersheds across the country. In New Jersey, a partnership between the North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D), the New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA) and NRCS was approved to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural lands in the Raritan River basin to protect water quality. In 2010, 11 contracts were awarded with $223,816 in allocated AMA funds on 651 acres.


CSP FY10 contracts charted by NRCS Service Center locationConservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities; and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. In 2010, NRCS awarded 9 CSP contracts totaling $71,225.


EQIP FY10 contracts charted by NRCS Service Center locationEnvironmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

EQIP provides financial assistance for permanent measures or management strategies to address existing resource concerns related to water quality, soil quality and other resource concerns. New Jersey contracted with 143 producers using $5,184,245 in 2010 funds to implement new conservation systems on over 15,000 acres throughout the State.

Conservation Innovation Grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. One project was selected for funding through the State competition in FY2010.


Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)

With 26% of New Jersey’s 733,450 acres of farmland permanently preserved, the most densely populated state in the Union leads the Nation in percentage and ranks fourth in acres of farmland preserved. Through the Farm and Ranchlands Protection Program (FRPP), NRCS has partnered with State and non-profit organizations toward achieving the State’s goal of preserving 500,000 to 600,000 acres of New Jersey’s farmland. FRPP provides matching funds to State government and non-profit organizations who purchase conservation easements to keep productive farmland in agricultural uses. FRPP funding totaled $8,878,894 in FY2010.

From 1996 through 2010, NRCS has assisted in acquiring 155 farmland easements in New Jersey, totaling16,445 acres. In New Jersey NRCS has invested $34,004,850 in these lands to protect the long term productivity of the soil, averaging about 19% of the total easement value. State, county, municipal, and private foundation sources provide the rest of the funding.

Grassland Reserve Program (GRP)

The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary program jointly managed by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA). The program purpose is to assist owners and operators of private land in protecting grazing uses and the related grassland values, such as grassland-dependent plants and animals, soil erosion control, and air or water quality protection.  In FY2010 five contracts were obligated by FSA for a total of $59,749.

Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)

WRP provides technical and financial assistance to enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring marginal land from agriculture. Introduced in the 1996 Farm Bill, the program has been widely used in New Jersey. In FY2010 New Jersey received $1,159,396 in WRP funds.

WHIP obligations in FY2010 by Service Center locationWildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)

WHIP provides financial assistance to create, enhance, or maintain five priority wildlife habitat types on non-federal lands. New Jersey received $417,068 in WHIP funds to support 25 contracts for 2010 and manages to provide wildlife benefits on 1,238 acres.