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Ocean County Farmland Preservation Program
DeWolf Farm, Plumsted Township

Application Process

Farmland preservation applications are submitted to the Ocean County Agriculture Development Board (OCADB) and reviewed by staff for eligibility.Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Farmland Preservation Program
Application Packet for Easement Purchase

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Lone Silo Farm, Plumsted Township
Application Process:
  • Applications are ranked according to formula adopted by the State Agriculture Development Board (SADC), which considers such things as farm size, soil type, tillable acres, land uses surrounding the property and local government commitment to agriculture. Farms recommended by the Ocean County Agriculture Development Board will be forwarded to the Natural Lands Trust Fund Committee and the Board of Chosen Freeholders for preliminary approval.
  • Two separate appraisal reports are prepared to determine the development value verses the existing agricultural value of the land and these reports are reviewed and certified by the SADC.
  • Applicants approved by the OCADB and the SADC are informed of the development easement values and are then asked to decide whether or not to accept the offer.
  • The Freeholders will hold a public hearing prior to committing funding to preserve the farms.
  • The application process can be lengthy. However, once completed, participating landowners are paid the difference between the value of the property fully developed vs. its agricultural value providing them with the capital to expand their existing operations; eliminate or reduce their debt load; or further their estate or retirement planning.
  • The Ocean County Agriculture Development Board works with and educates farmers, residents, and municipalities about the Right to Farm Act, the Act's formal conflict resolution process, and additional strategies for resolving agriculture-related disputes and supporting a positive agricultural business environment. The Right to Farm Act protects responsible commercial farms from public and private nuisance actions and unduly restrictive municipal regulations. The program also has a formal conflict resolution process to help farmers and neighbors reach voluntary terms and agreements. For more information, please see the NJ SADC Right to Farm website.
Emley Farm, Plumsted Township
Preserved farm owners are eligible to apply for cost-sharing grants for soil and water conservation projects and enjoy limited protection from government eminent domain acquisition, public and private nuisances and emergency restrictions on water and energy supplies. However, funding currently is not available for new applicants. Applicants who have already been approved for grant funding will continue to receive funds in incremental stages.
For more information:

Mark Villinger, Principal Planner

Ocean County Department of Planning
129 Hooper Ave.
PO Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191
(732) 929-2054
(732) 244-8396 FAX

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June 7, 2017

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