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Enhanced grants for NJ farms to combat wildlife damage


To better protect agricultural lands from wildlife damage, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) has rolled out an enhanced wildlife fencing grant program.  

This initiative, spearheaded by Assistant Secretary Joe Atchison III, reflects the state's commitment to agricultural sustainability and crop protection, following the enactment of new legislation that expands funding for this purpose. 

Eligible preserved and unpreserved farms in New Jersey can now receive financial assistance covering up to 50% of the costs for wildlife fencing, with a cap of $50,000. The grants, which are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, aim to address the growing concerns over wildlife-induced crop damage across the state. 

The program's expansion is a direct result of legislation signed into law on January 8, 2024, which seeks to consolidate and enhance the NJDA's and the SADC's efforts in providing adequate protections for the state's agricultural operations. 

Applicants who do not own the farmland they operate must obtain permission from the landowner and fulfill other requirements, including obtaining a NJSTART vendor ID, to be considered for the grant. Comprehensive details on how to apply, along with the necessary application forms, are readily available online. 

This legislative update marks a significant advancement in New Jersey's agricultural policy, offering tangible support to farmers grappling with the challenges of wildlife damage. 

 By facilitating access to financial aid for wildlife fencing, the NJDA aims to help farmers secure their crops, ensuring the continued prosperity and resilience of New Jersey's farming communities. 

Farmers interested in applying for the wildlife fencing grant or seeking more information on other agricultural support programs can visit the NJDA's official website for detailed guidance and application procedures.

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