Farmland Preservation: VAD Virtual Training Scheduled for June 9

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ farmland preservation team and the State-wide Voluntary Agricultural District Working Group have scheduled a virtual training session June 9–10, 2021. Each day will include a general session and several (recorded) break-out sessions. The sessions will cover a range of topics on establishing (or re-establishing) a Voluntary Agricultural District and Enhanced Voluntary Agricultural District county program, including:

  • County staff (e.g., Soil & Water or Cooperative Extension) role in administering a county VAD program 
  • Sustaining an active Agricultural  Advisory Board 
  • How to submit the annual VAD survey 
  • Developing a Farmland Protection Plan (and how to keep it off the shelf) 
  • The role and importance of a Cost of Community Services Study 
  • How to set up the VAD GIS layer (as proximity warning to adjoining landowners)
  • Ensuring a valid conservation agreement (and when it must be recorded)
  • Enrolling and unenrolling VAD parcels  
  • How to conduct VAD Public Hearings on condemnation

At present, roughly half of the 90 county VAD/EVAD programs are administered by N.C. Cooperative Extension.

Register online for the sessions

Written By

Robert Branan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRobert BrananExtension Assistant Professor (Agricultural and Environmental Law) Call Robert Email Robert Agricultural & Resource Economics
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on May 12, 2021
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