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Deer Fencing Program seeks to help farmers

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  • Pat Scala
    05/18/2006 A Deer Fencing program will be run cooperatively by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) and Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension,
    Message 1 of 1 , May 21, 2006
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      05/18/2006


      A Deer Fencing program will be run cooperatively by the New Jersey
      Department of Agriculture (NJDA) and Rutgers Cooperative Research and
      Extension, according to a release by State Secretary of Agriculture Charles
      M. Kuperus .



      The cost-share program will provide fencing material, plus up to 30 percent
      of the line posts at no cost to qualified farmers, who were not awarded
      fencing in the 2004/2005 program.



      "The deer fencing program is part of our effort to partner with the
      agricultural community to ensure the viability of New Jersey's farms," said
      Secretary Kuperus. "The fencing is an effective tool in keeping deer from
      damaging crops and allows farmers to benefit from higher yields."



      This is the second year of the Department's deer fencing program. In 2005,
      fence, accompanying wire and posts were distributed to 100 farmers
      throughout the state.

      A Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension survey of farmers who
      participated in previous deer fencing programs indicated that nearly 70
      percent of wildlife crop loss is attributable to deer. The New Jersey
      Agricultural Experiment Station estimates the economic loss to farmers to be

      between $5 million and $10 million annually.



      To participate in the program, farmers must meet these eligibility criteria:



      . Farmers who were awarded fencing and materials in the 2004/2005 program
      are not eligible to participate



      . Must be a New Jersey farmer having documented proof of a minimum of
      $40,000 in sales of agricultural commodities produced by the applicant on a
      New Jersey farm



      . Must be a New Jersey certified organic farmer having documented proof of a

      minimum of $20,000 in sales of agricultural commodities produced by the
      applicant on a New Jersey farm



      . Must be the owner of the land or have documented proof of renting
      preserved farmland or farmland that is enrolled in an Eight-Year Farmland
      Preservation Program



      . Complete a mandatory deer fence installation workshop sponsored by the
      NJDA and Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension



      Farmers who receive fencing and materials will be required to use the
      material solely for the purpose of keeping deer off their land and are
      prohibited from using the fence to contain equine, livestock, poultry, or
      other animals. Any unused fence will have to be returned to NJDA and cannot
      be sold.



      Applications for deer fencing will be available to farmers through the New
      Jersey Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Districts and Rutgers
      Research and Extension offices. Applications must be postmarked by
      Wednesday, May 31. Farmers also may call (609) 292-5532 for more information

      or go to the NJDA website www





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