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 applied research and extension programming advancing the 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...' Two primary programmatic foci will be:(1) conducting empirical research that evaluates progress, outcomes and issues associated with the state's purchase of development rights (PDR) program (established in 1983 under the Agriculture Retention and Development Act); and,(2) evaluating agricultural industry development opportunities and farmer needs associated with farm-based recreational and educational activities ('agritourism').New Jersey serves as the geographic context for much of this proposed research and associated educational outreach. However, due to the State's position as a vanguard for issues related to the interplay between agriculture and suburban growth, lessons learned here have applicability nationally as boundaries between agricultural production areas and suburban growth continue to be redefined. This program of research will be achieved by employing a range of econometric and statistical technique to analyze both secondary data, as well as primary datacompiled from surveys, focus groups, and interviews.
|Effective start/end date||3/1/14 → 2/28/17|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))