2014 Voluntary Agricultural Districts and Farmland Preservation Workshops

The Voluntary Agricultural Districts and Farmland Preservation Workshops are for agricultural advisory board members, county representatives, program staff, farmers, landowners, elected officials and anyone responsible for, or interested in, farmland preservation and the administration of the Voluntary Agricultural Districts program. The workshops are open to the public.

Thank you to our break sponsor: NC Farm Bureau.

Thank you to our lunch sponsors: NC State Grange, Carolina Farm Credit, AgCarolina Farm Credit, and Cape Fear Farm Credit. You are encouraged to sign up by the registration deadline in order to participate in the sponsored lunch.

Registration Deadline
Eastern / Coastal Plain
Wednesday, February 26th

Pitt County Agricultural Center

403 Government Circle, Greenville, NC 27834

February 21st
Piedmont / Sandhills
Wednesday, March 12th

McSwain Extension Education & Agricultural Center

2420 Tramway Road, Sanford, NC 27332

March 5th
Western / Foothills
Wednesday, March 26th

Caldwell County Agricultural Center

120 Hospital Avenue NE, Suite 1, Lenoir, NC 28645

March 19th
8:30 am: Check-in and Registration
9:00 am: Welcome
9:15 am: Listening Session and Q&A
10:00 am: Break sponsored by NC Farm Bureau
10:15 am: Breakout Session #1
11:30 am: Lunch sponsored by NC State Grange and NC Farm Credit Network
12:15 pm: Breakout Session #2
1:30 pm: Breakout Session #3
2:45 pm: Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Breakout Session
Topics Covered During Session
The basics of conservation agreements and easement programs



-Influence on property rights

-Cost and values

The essentials of Present-Use Value (PUV)

-The guiding principles of the PUV program

-How to request PUV for your farmland

-Who determines PUV

-PUV after the tobacco buyout payments

The essentials of estate planning and tax preparedness

-land ownership transfer issues

-Landowner renter pitfalls

-Avoiding the loss of PUV for the property

-Finding the next land manager for the farm

Voluntary Agricultural District program management

-How should a VAD function

-Increasing enrollment

-Mapping and identifying VAD land parcels


-Engaging VAD advisory committees

-Review of the governance document for VAD

Upcoming Changes and Challenges to Agricultural Policy

-The Farm Bill

-Federal legislation

-State legislation

-Federal program changes

-State program chances

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North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3071