New Guidebook Helps Farmers, Local Governments and the Public
TRENTON, NJ - Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher announced today that the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) has published a Right to Farm guidebook to help farmers, their neighbors and municipalities understand the role of the Right to Farm Act in resolving disputes involving commercial farms.
“New Jersey’s farmers depend on the Right to Farm Act to protect them from complaints and sometimes overly restrictive local regulations that can be a financial drain on farming operations and drive them out of business,” said Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher. “Therefore, it is important that all farmers, as well as their neighbors and municipalities, understand the process that must be followed to resolve conflicts and the standards that must be met in order to qualify for the protections of the Act.”
The guidebook explains the basics of the Right to Farm Act, including eligibility criteria, protected activities, the formal complaint process and procedures, and commonly asked questions. The publication also discusses agricultural mediation as an alternative to the formal Right to Farm dispute resolution process.
The SADC administers New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation, Right to Farm and Agricultural Mediation programs and promotes innovative approaches to maintaining the viability of agriculture.