Agriculture & Resource Management

Commercial Agriculture/Horticulture

MG LogoAccording to the "2007 Census of Agriculture, NJ State and County Data," (USDA, 12/09), there are 103 farms in Passaic County utilizing 1,981 acres of land to grow crops and raise livestock. When forestry lands under the Farmland Assessment Act are added, the total land area devoted to agriculture and managed forests grows to 3,010 acres. In addition, the consumer service/horticulture industries (tree service/arborists, turf and landscape maintenance personnel, right of way and aquatic weed managers, and pest control operators), nurseries, greenhouse and equine industries are a multi-billion dollar business in Passaic County.

The Rutgers agricultural assistant has responsibilities as legislated by New Jersey law. These include:

  • Issuing open burning permits
  • Certifying agricultural water use permits
  • Providing pesticide safety education and recertification courses
  • Issuing farmer/farm use/truck certificates for agricultural motor vehicle plates
  • Registering animal waste management plans
  • Membership on the County Agriculture Development Board
  • Membership on the County Soil Conservation District

Educational programs are in the form of newsletters, phone calls, office, site and farm visits. Research and demonstration projects; at institutes and workshops.

For more Information

Cooperative Extension of Passaic County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
1310 Route 23 North
Wayne, NJ 07470-5825
Phone: 973-305-5740
Fax: 973-305-8865

Environmental and Resource Management

ERM LogoMission: To provide support to the citizens, community groups, and local officials of Passaic County on water resource and environmental issues.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension's Environmental and Resource Management program was created to provide technical expertise in environmental issues at the local level. Initially, the focus of outreach and education efforts will be water resource issues such as: storm water management, water conservation, protection of local waterways, and low impact development.

The Environmental and Resource Management Agent provides support through education, research, and outreach.

Awards: Molly Ann Brook Watershed Management Plan - Award from the American Planning Association - New Jersey Chapter in the Plan Implementation category (2011)

For more Information

Amy Rowe
Cooperative Extension of Passaic County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
1310 Route 23 North
Wayne, NJ 07470-5825
Phone: 973-287-6360
Fax: 973-364-5261
Email: rowe@njaes.rutgers.edu


Cooperative Extension of Passaic County