Supporting NJAES Since NJAES was established in 1880, it has provided the people of New Jersey access to education and research, and delivered scientifically based information in matters relating to food, agriculture, and the environment, through Rutgers Cooperative Extension. NJAES has evolved during its 134-year existence, but its mission and goals have remained remarkably stable. NJAES continues to be an engine of economic growth and job creation in the agricultural, food, and environmental sectors of New Jerseyâ€™s economy. Base funding from state and federal sources provides the foundation for development and delivery of NJAES programs, while competitive contracts, grants, and private gifts increase the scope and impact of research and education programs. Increasingly, donor gifts sustain the infrastructure of NJAES, grow its programs, and serve state residents as taxpayer-based support has steadily declined in recent decades.