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New Jersey State Technical Committee 

Tour Date: Thursday, June 16, 2016, 10:00 AM

Tour Location:

  • Parvin Farm, 712 Alvine Road, Pittsgrove, NJ 08318 - Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. We will leave Parvin for Loew's at 10:45 a.m.
  • Loew's Farm, 20 Cake Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302 - We will arrive at Loew's by 11:15 a.m. and depart for Woodstown Service Center at 12:30 p.m.

Lunch: Pre-register to purchase lunch or bring your own 

Meeting: 1:30 to 3:00 PM after tour/lunch.

Meeting Location:

  • Woodstown USDA Service Center, 51 Cheney Road, Woodstown, NJ 08098

Meeting Agenda

               1:30 PM               Welcome & Introductions             Carrie Lindig

               1:35 PM               March Meeting Minutes review and acceptance   Christine Hall            


               1:40 PM               2016 Farm Bill Programs Update Fran Grasso

               1:55 PM               CRP, CREP, SAFE Activity Nancy Coles

               2:05 PM               RCPP and CIG Status Update         Christine Hall                             


               2:10 PM               Stormwater Management for intensive ag operations        Carrie Lindig

               2:25 PM               Outreach Events for Equine Operations    TBD

               2:35 PM               Changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program          Fran Grasso


               2:45 PM               Open Discussion              

               2:55 PM               Next Meeting Date         

               3:00 PM               Adjourn

State Technical Committee Tour Sites 2016

Parvin Farms

Davis siblings Eric, Matt, and Melissa farm more than 500 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat as Parvin Farms LLC, Pittsgrove, Salem County, NJ. A family farm for seven generations, Eric, Matt, and Melissa took over the operation from their grandfather, Joseph Parvin.  Their work with NRCS began with replacing an old irrigation engine with a new, efficient one. Following that, Parvin Farms LLC continued to add conservation practices including an energy audit with grain drying and lighting upgrades, summer and winter cover crop, and reduced tillage. The most visible change is probably their switch from traveling guns to pivot irrigation in four different locations and over 100 acres.  This season they will add Irrigation Water Management, tracking soil moisture, rainfall, and crop water use, to help them schedule irrigation for maximum efficiency.

Loew’s Nursery

Loew’s Nursery has been a wholesale growers of container and field grown nursery stock since 1954. Among other items of interest, we will be looking at their Tailwater Recovery System. This practice was installed with NRCS assistance and has been functioning for many years.  The purpose of the practice is to conserve farm irrigation water supplies and water quality by collecting the water that runs off the field surface for reuse in the farm irrigation system.

  • ACEP – Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
  • ALE - Agricultural Land Easements
  • AMA – Agricultural Management Assistance Program
  • CAP – Conservation Activity Plan
  • CIG – Conservation Innovation Grant
  • CRP – Conservation Reserve Program
  • CREP - Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
  • CStP – Conservation Stewardship Program
  • EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • EWP- Emergency Watershed Protection
  • HFRP - Healthy Forest Reserve Program
  • RCPP - Regional Conservation Partnership Program
  • SAFE - State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement
  • WLFW - Working Lands for Wildlife
  • WRE - Wetlands Reserve Easements

For information about this meeting contact USDA-NRCS State Office, 220 Davidson Avenue, 4th Floor, Somerset NJ 08873.
Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request. 


The New Jersey State Technical Committee is chaired by the NRCS State Conservationist who can be contacted at the following address:

Carrie Lindig, State Conservationist
220 Davidson Avenue, 4th Floor
Somerset NJ 08873
Phone: 732-537-6040
E-mail: Carrie Lindig at

For More Information

If you need more information about the State Technical Committee or any other NRCS program, please contact your local USDA Service Center, listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture, or your local conservation district.

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State Technical Committee Fact Sheet - A Seat at the Table for Conservation Policy (1337 kb)


This page last updated June 3, 2016