To be eligible for Right to Farm Act protection, a commercial farm must be in compliance with agricultural management practices (AMPs) that have been adopted by the SADC or with generally accepted agricultural management practices.
The SADC has adopted twelve AMPs. Should a right to farm matter concern activities not addressed by an AMP, the SADC or a County Agriculture Development Board (CADB) would determine whether or not the activities comply with generally accepted operations or practices.
Commercial farms may request that their CADB, or the SADC in counties where no CADB exists, determine whether their site-specific operations constitute generally accepted operations or practices. This is known as requesting a site-specific AMP determination.
A commercial farm’s operation or practices will be entitled to protection if the CADB or SADC determines that the farm meets the Act’s eligibility criteria. When a site-specific AMP request is made, the municipality in which the farm is located is notified, and municipal input is considered when requests involve potential preemption of municipal regulations.
The site-specific AMP process is outlined in the Right to Farm Program's rules at N.J.A.C. 2:76-2.3 and 2.4. For more information on the types of determinatinations made in site-specific AMP cases, see the Right to Farm Program's compilation of compilation of site-specific AMP determinations.