New Jersey's Right to Farm Act - What It Is and How It Works

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As New Jersey’s population has grown, farmers and neighbors have been brought closer together. Some aspects of this growth are very positive, as farmers are able to cultivate new markets closer to home, and consumers are able to access fresh, locally-produced agricultural products. Other aspects are more challenging, however, as the needs of farm businesses sometimes conflict with new residential and commercial neighbors, as well as municipal and county regulations. To help resolve such issues, the Right to Farm Act (N.J.S.A. 4:1C-1 et seq.) was signed into law in 1983.
Right to farm, legal protections, farm nuisances
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David Kimmel
Jeffrey Everett
Brian Schilling
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences