From the Secretary
In December 2002, New Jersey
permanently preserved its 100,000th acre of farmland - a
milestone achievement that has helped make our state the
national leader in farmland preservation.
We are proud of our farmland
preservation efforts, which are critical to ensuring a
bright future for our agricultural industry. Farmland
preservation, however, is only half the battle in retaining
our working landscape.
To do this, we must also ensure that
we keep farmers on the land. That is why we are working to
expand the marketplace where farmers can sell their
products, and to encourage and equip tomorrow's farmers who
will be the new stewards of New Jersey's food and
By preserving farmland, providing
opportunity to today's farmers, and hope and training to
tomorrow's farm managers, we will retain our working
landscape and all of the contributions it makes to a better
quality of life in the Garden State.