Susan Payne - American Farmland Trust

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Susan Payne

Executive Director of State Agriculture Development Committee, New Jersey State Agriculture Development Corporation

In her capacity as Executive Director of the NJ State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC), Susan directs all aspects of the state’s Farmland Preservation Program (FPP) and the NJ Right to Farm (RTF) program, as well as the work of the State Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Bank Board. She has devoted her 30+ year career to the preservation of New Jersey’s land and water resources, in particular, the Garden State’s farmland. She has worked to create and implement preservation programs which are recognized as national models for the preservation of agricultural land. Prior to assuming her current position in 2005 Susan worked for 16 years for the Burlington County Office of Resource Conservation as a staff planner, and then director, in the areas of farmland preservation, transfer of development rights (TDR), creation of the county’s park system, water supply and water quality management planning, and implementation of the NJ State Plan. Susan holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Planning and Design from Rutgers University, Cook College and is a licensed NJ Professional Planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).