New farmers face substantial barriers in New Jersey, especially when it comes to finding land. New Jersey has the second highest farmland prices in the nation, making it difficult for beginning farmers to find suitable land at a price they can afford. And, opportunities to lease appropriate farmland can often be difficult to find.
Farm transfers within or outside a family can also be complicated due to family, business, legal, and tax hurdles. During this transition, farms can be at high risk of being lost to real estate development.