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Farmland Preservation [clear filter]
Friday, March 17

9:00am EDT

How to Make Federal Funding Work for Farmland Preservation
Capitalizing on available funding sources, namely the NRCS-USDA Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) program, is essential to meeting the State’s farmland preservation goals. This panel discussion will examine recent amendments to this federal program, difficulties encountered with program administration and opportunities for federal, state, county and non-profit partners to make more efficient use of these funds.


Beth Davisson

Regional Manager, NJ Conservation Foundation
Beth provides consulting services to the Township of Bedminster and to the Borough of Peapack and Gladstone in implementing their open space and farmland preservation goals by coordinating land and conservation easement acquisition projects from inception to completion. Beth also... Read More →

Lauren Lapczynski

Easement Specialist, USDA-NRCS
Lauren Lapczynski is the Easement Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Jersey. She coordinates easement program acquisitions, assisting landowners and partners to permanently preserve agricultural land and... Read More →

Cindy Roberts

Preservation Education Specialist, State Agriculture Development Committee
Cindy Roberts is Development and Training Coordinator for the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC), the agency that leads New Jersey’s farmland preservation efforts. Cindy identifies educational needs and conducts and oversees training for preservation partners. Prior... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Conference Room A Second Floor

10:30am EDT

Hot Topics in Farmland Preservation
This panel discussion will focus on some of the new funding opportunities and partnerships the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) is cultivating as well as expansion of existing stewardship programs that help promote soil and water conservation.  The SADC’s experience with use of USDA-NRCS Regional Conservation Partner Program initiatives, side-by-side agricultural/open space easements, and its Soil and Water Cost Share grants will be discussed.  Other topics will include an update on farmland preservation funding, grants for deer fencing on farmland and efforts to amend the SADC’s rules for its Non-Profit program. 


David Clapp

Agricultural Resource Specialist 1, State Agriculture Development Committee
As part of the Stewardship team at SADC, Dave helps landowners, partners and SADC staff identify and steward natural resources on farms both during the preservation process and after a farm is preserved.  Dave helped develop a side-by-side easement template which allows SADC to partner... Read More →

Jeffrey C. Everett

Farmland Preservation Program, Chief of Agricultural Resources, State Agricultural Development Committee
Jeffrey C. Everett is the Deputy Executive Director for the State Agricultural Development Committee. He manages the Stewardship Section of the agency, which is comprised of the Conservation Easement Monitoring and Enforcement, Natural Resources Conservation, Right to Farm, Agricultural... Read More →

Susan Payne

Executive Director, State Agriculture Development Committee
In her capacity as Executive Director of the NJ State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC),  Susan directs all aspects of the state’s Farmland Preservation Program (FPP) and the NJ Right to Farm (RTF) program, as well as all work of the State Transfer of Development Rights... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Conference Room C Second Floor