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County Agriculture Development Board

COVID-19 | Coronavirus: CADB Updates

Due to the State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency declared by New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy set forth in Executive Order No. 103, and further limitations on public gatherings set forth in Executive Order No. 104, all meetings will be held virtually via Cisco WebEx until further notice. Instructions to access and participate in the meetings will be posted on the Passaic County Agricultural Development Board website. When applicable, a link to the submitted meeting materials will be posted to the CADB website. For assistance in accessing any of the advertised meetings through the virtual meeting platform or by phone please contact Department of Planning & Economic Development staff at (973) 569-4040.


CADB Agenda - April 20, 2021 Meeting
CADB Meeting Materials - April 20, 2021 Meeting



History and Purpose

The County Agricultural Development Board (CADB) is an entity authorized by the state Agriculture Retention and Development Act (1983), which established New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation Program. The Farmland Preservation Program aims to strengthen the agricultural industry and preserve important farmlands, thereby enhancing New Jersey’s economy and quality of life. Within the state system, County Agriculture Development Boards are tasked to establish agriculture retention and development programs at the local level through such responsibilities as adopting agricultural development areas, creating minimum standards and granting approval for the inclusion of land in farmland preservation programs, and determining any request for financial assistance of the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC).

Additionally, the CADB coordinates and recommends to the Board of County Commissioners the purchase of development easements within Passaic County municipalities, provides a share of the value of the development easement and generally holds the title to the development easement for any property receiving funds from the SADC.

The Passaic County Agricultural Development Board is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and comprises representatives of the county’s farming residents and the general public, the County Planning Board, the Soil Conservation District Member and the County Agricultural Extension Agent.