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Building Markets and Resiliency

North Jersey RC&D Area,
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Closed December 31, 2023

Addressing Climate and Food Access with Northern NJ Livestock Farmers

This project would offer technical assistance and financial cost-share incentives to livestock producers to implement priority climate-smart practices, with higher cost-shares available to underserved producers. This project would provide increased business opportunities for underserved and small farmers to be competitive in purchasing land in a market dominated by corporate sprawl and development pressure.

The plan for developing and expanding markets for climate-smart commodities through this project involves the development of a climate-friendly farm certification, a consumer marketing campaign, and the expansion of equitable food access.



Farms that meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • Wants to join a 5-year Grazing Lands Research Initiative 

  • Current operation includes pastured livestock (beef cattle, sheep/lambs, goats);

  • Willing to work on furthering on-farm grazing, individualized marketing strategies, and tracking overall outcomes (ecosystem, climate, soil health, economic);

  • Located within 7 NJ counties (Mercer, Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, Morris, Somerset, and Union);

  • Small and historically underserved producers encouraged to apply.


  • Up to $60,000 in cost share funding per producer towards Grazing Conservation Practices. Cost share = 75% of total costs (HU Rate 90%)

  • Up to $30,000 in cost share towards business planning and/or marketing assistance over 5 years

  • Receive assistance for pasture and herd management, rotational grazing plans, nutrient and feed management, cropland conversion to pasture, and more.

  • Work with RC&D staff and partners to quantify benefits while building soil health and resilience for future generations.

Application Instructions

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December 31, 2023

Financial Instrument


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Updated December 22, 2023

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