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   Supporting Farmers Protecting Water Quality  

AgAssist

North Jersey RC&D, with the support of a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Water Quality Restoration Grant, has created opportunities for farmers in certain watersheds to receive funding for projects and practices that support cleaner water and healthier soils.  The AgAssist Program offers a reimbursement (50-90% depending on practice) toward equipment, supplies, and expenses required to implement a variety of soil health best management practices. 

 

  • WHO IS NORTH JERSEY RC&D:  We are a local non-profit dedicated to fostering agricultural sustainability within Northern New Jersey.
     

  • WHAT IS FUNDED: There are opportunities to receive up to $15,000 for temporary and permanent fence and cover crop seed. Funding Opportunities vary depending on the grant timeline and funding.  See below for current more information.
     

  • HOW IT WORKS: North Jersey RC&D will provide a partial reimbursement (levels of reimbursement will be determined by practice), contingent upon participants supplying appropriate receipts.  
     

  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Farmers within certain watersheds (Neshanic River and  Back Brook), regardless of the size or type of their agricultural operation, are eligible for funding. 
     

  • HOW TO APPLY: Complete the online application at the bottom of this form. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.   

 
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Area Eligible for Funding

Areas eligible for funding in 2021 are highlighted in orange on the map below.  Seach for your address using the search bar to determine if your farm is within our focus area. 

 

Funding Opportunities

The North Jersey RC&D AgAssist funding program has a wide variety of opportunities, each with its own separate funding conditions. Applicants can only apply for one opportunity at a time but may submit multiple applications. 

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Permanent Fence for Livestock Exclusion from Waterways

Reimbursement Rate: 90% of total costs

Total Reimbursement Not to Exceed $15,000;
Participants must supply receipts to be eligible for reimbursement

Eligible expenses include:

Farms that do not have permanent fences excluding livestock from waterways (or whose fence is deteriorating) will be eligible for funding to install new fences.   Fences shall be installed 35’ or greater from the stream center.  Eligible expenses include contactors fees, fence supplies. 

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Cover Crop Seed Expenses (up to 100 acres)

Reimbursement Rate: Based on the number of acres planted and type of cover crop. 

Total Reimbursement Not to Exceed 100 acres
Participants must supply receipts to be eligible for reimbursement

Eligible expenses include:

  1. Single species cover crops; for producers wishing to plant cereal rye, seed must be planted by October 31st. Consult North Jersey RC&D for other species’ planting dates  ($35/acre, up to 100 acres).

  2. Multi-species cover crop; seeding mix must be planted by September 15th and must include a minimum of three species from at least two plant groups (ie, two small grains and a legume)  ($45/acre, up to 100 acres)

  3. Organic  Cover Crop Seed; for producers wishing to plant cereal rye, seed must be planted by October 31st. Consult North Jersey RC&D for other species’ planting dates  ($50/acre, up to 100 acres).

 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Decisions will be made regarding funding within one month of the application being submitted; applicants notified of their status via email.

Any purchases for the grant must be made and submitted for reimbursement by March 31, 2022. Official receipts must be submitted to North Jersey RC&D by this date. Reimbursements will be made 30 days following submission. 


Grantees submit a short (1/2 page) summary discussing the impact of the funding on their operation and any lessons learned.  This information may be shared with other farmers.  Alternatively, farmers may host a field day or write a short blog post. 

 
 
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Complete a short application online to apply, using the link above. 

 

If you have questions or need help completing the application, please contact Sam Loscalzo at sloscalzo@northjerseyrcd.org or (908) 574-5368

-Thank-you