The Somerset County Farmland Preservation Program was established in 1983, as a result of the passing of the New Jersey Agriculture Retention and Development Act (ARDA). This Act established the State Agriculture Development Committee, as well as all County Agriculture Development Boards, who were tasked with identifying land appropriate for farmland preservation, administering the Right-to-Farm Act, and making determinations on post-preservation and stewardship matters.
In 2008, the Somerset County Agriculture Development Board updated its Master Plan, entitled The Somerset County Comprehensive Farmland Preservation Plan. This plan identifies methodology used to identify Candidate Farms, funding mechanisms, Right-to-Farm responsibilities and policies, and much more.
The following links offer information on the Somerset County Farmland Preservation Program, and provide links to the application and attachments for preservation applications: