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By Jennifer Sciortino | February 26th, 2013 - 4:25pm
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Assembly Democrats News Release

Singleton, Burzichelli, Lampitt & Watson Coleman Bill to Help Ensure Actual Farmers Benefit from State Farmland Assessment Program Gets Final Legislative Ok

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, John Burzichelli, Pamela Lampitt and Bonnie Watson Coleman sponsored to revise the state's farmland assessment standards to ensure only actual farmers receive the benefit was granted final legislative approval, 38-0, by the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill (S-589/A-3090), among other things, raises from $500 to $1,000 the minimum gross sales and payments standard for typical agricultural or horticultural lands to qualify for farmland assessment on the first five acres of land.

"All too often we've unfortunately seen landowners take advantage of the outdated $500 limit and find ways to claim they're doing agriculture on the land when in fact they're not actually farming," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "Agriculture is New Jersey's heritage, and we should always be doing what we can to ensure its future success, but we need to also ensure that programs like this benefit only those who are truly doing farming."

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