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Please take a moment to complete the following short application.   Application is non-binding; after we review the applications, we’ll schedule a telephone call or short on-farm discussion with applicants to talk more about the project.  



Please describe your operation and experience.
How long has the farm been in operation? How long have you been farming? 

On a typical year, how many acres of each crop do you / your farm typically plant?

How many tillage/farmable acres do you (or agricultural operation)  own versus rent? 

In what ways have you planted cover crop?
Check all that apply.

Cover Crop Planting Methods

In what ways have you terminated cover crop?
Check all that apply.

Cover Crop Termination Methods

Describe your experience with cover crops? How many years have you used cover crops, over how many acres?

How do you manage your cover crops, and has your management changed over time?


What form of innovative cover crop management strategy are you interested in trying through the on-farm trials?
Check all that apply.

On-farm Trial Practices

Do you have any experience using any of the innovative cover crop management strategies listed above?
If so, please describe below. 

How many acres are you tentatively interested in enrolling in the on-farm trial?
Farmers can enroll anywhere between 1 and 100 acres in the program.

Please state any farm goals/priorities you'd like to share.


Farm Business Type

Which of the following farm business type is your operation?

Have you participated in USDA programs? 
If so list which programs. 
If you are not sure, just leave blank. 


  • ​Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

  • Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA)

  • The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

Do you file farm records with USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)?

 Do you meet the USDA-NRCS definition of a Historically Underserved Producer?
Please indicate if you qualify for any of the following categories: 

Example: In each of the tax years 2017 and 2018, was your direct or indirect Gross Farm Sales less than or equal to $180,300 per year AND in each of the tax years 2017 and 2018, was your Total Household Income less than the “County/Area Value” listed below?

  • Warren ($43,010)

  • Hunterdon ($61,076)

  • Sussex ($48,471)           

  • Morris ($61,717)

  • Union ($41,496)    

These traditionally undeserved groups will receive prioritization during the selection process.

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Has not operated a farm or ranch, or who has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 consecutive years.

Who first obtained status as a veteran during the most recent 10-year period.

Individual or entity who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. A socially disadvantaged group is a group whose members have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.  Socially disadvantaged groups consist of American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders and Hispanics.

Please complete all required fields, highlighted above in red. 

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