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New Jersey Receives $765,600 Federal Grant
for Farmland Preservation
For Immediate Release: June 7, 2001 Contact:

Hope Gruzlovic


The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) has been awarded a $765,600 federal grant to assist New Jersey in farmland preservation efforts, Agriculture Secretary Art Brown, Jr., announced today. The funds are available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. New Jersey's grant was part of a total of $17.5 million awarded to help communities in 28 states preserve farmland. "This $765,600 grant - the third highest in the nation - recognizes New Jersey's leadership role in farmland preservation," said Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco. "Most importantly, this funding will bring us another step closer to meeting our goal of preserving a million acres of farmland and open space this decade." "Partnerships among all levels of government are key to achieving our farmland preservation goals," noted Secretary Brown, who chairs the SADC. "We look forward to continuing to work cooperatively with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to preserve farms approved for funding under this grant." This is the fourth grant New Jersey has received through the USDA's Farmland Protection Program. Prior to this, New Jersey received a total of $2.6 million in federal grants. To date, a total of 540 farms covering 75,025 acres have been permanently preserved under the state Farmland Preservation Program