New Jersey is the most densely populated and highly urbanized state in the Nation, but simultaneously possesses a rich farming history and a long track record of progressive policy to sustain a vibrant agricultural industry. For these reasons, the State is a natural laboratory for policy research and scholarly work on agricultural retention and development. The agriculture industry has historically been a strategic focal point for federal land grant system programming and its competitiveness in a dynamic global environment remains a national priority. Proposed herein is a program of research and outreach advancing the current NJAES mission 'to enhance the vitality, health, sustainability and overall quality of life in New Jersey by developing and delivering practical, effective solutions to current and future challenges to agriculture' This will be accomplished by examining several aspects of the State's current or emerging farm retention efforts. These will include (1) examining outcomes of the State's long standing, and nationally recognized farmland preservation program in the context of statutory goals, (2) examining opportunities and challenges facing farmers seeking to enhance financial sustainability through agritourism, and (3) evaluating prospects for more effective planning for agricultural retention and development at the local levels of government.
|Effective start/end date||11/1/10 → 10/30/13|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))