Ag Planner, Policy-Maker Resources:
Actions that Support Agritourism Enterprises

“Planners, regulators, naturalists, and environmentalists come to enjoy our rural nature agritourism amenities. Often their first comment is, ‘It’s beautiful, stop what you are doing.’ They forget it’s a working farm landscape! …that the presence of the beauty and diversity of wildlife they see is because of the farming going on, not in spite of it.”

– 6th generation NJ farmer who regularly conducts agritourism and nature tourism.

Entry into Agritourism is Complicated
Limited hospitality experience, limited investment capital, short supply of information, and a complex regulatory system impact farmers choosing agritourism. Virtually all farmers make progressive, multi-year evolving entries into agritourism. Sometimes, they conduct these activities for years before they unknowingly reach a point of being affected by particular planning policies or ordinances. They need help, not conflict.
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Ag Planner, Policy-Maker Resources:
Looking Back on NJ Farmland Preservation

Even the best designed program to protect farmland resources will ultimately fail
if farming is not profitable.

-G.S. Halich, Equity Issues in Farmland Preservation.

For five decades, New Jersey has proactively sought to preserve its agricultural base. New Jersey was an early adopter of farmland assessment, which allows qualified farmland to be assessed for tax purposes according to its use value in agriculture rather than full market value. The cornerstone of farm retention efforts in nearly all states, this policy brings farm real estate taxes in line with farm incomes. New Jersey voters have long supported financing of an aggressive farmland preservation program. As of 2011, $1.5 billion has been spent to permanently protect more than 2000 farms and nearly 200,000 acres of farmland from development. [Read more…]

Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension Agritourism Resources

  • Conferences & Seminars
    • 2015 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention [pdf]
      Risk Management in On-Farm Direct Marketing – Jan 29 – Crystal Room
      9:00 Direct Marketing – Is It Right For You, Doing a Self Assessment
      Stephen Komar, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
      9:30 Selecting and Training Employees to Improve Safety for Direct Marketing
      Michelle Infante-Casella, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
      10:00 Assessing Farm Safety When Inviting the Public on Your Property
      William Bamka, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
      10:45 Right To Farm, Deed of Easement and Other Regulations that Impact Direct Marketing
      Brian Schilling, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
      11:30 Food Aspects for Direct Marketing
      Meredith Melendez, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
    • 2013 Agritourism Risk Management Workshop [pdf]
    • 2012 Atlantic Coast Agricultural Convention and Trade Show [Agritourism session]
    • 2012 New Jersey Agritourism Conference  [pdf]

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