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Farmland Preservation workshops to be held throughout North Carolina

From Soil & Water Conservation:

RALEIGH – The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will host seven workshops throughout the state for landowners, local governments, and nonprofits interested in protecting their communities’ agricultural lands.

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, a farmland preservation information session will be held in the Governor Martin Building on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh during the 2020 Southern Farm Show. This session will provide information to landowners on farmland preservation options, including conservation easements, present-use value, and Voluntary Agricultural Districts. This information session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In February, March, and April, regional conservation easement workshops will be held throughout the state. These workshops are for local government, land trusts, conservation nonprofits, and other entities involved in the application, recording, and monitoring of conservation easements. Landowners interested in conservation easements for their working farm or forest may attend to learn more about the lifecycle of conservation easements. The workshops are open to the public.

Regional workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

•Feb. 20 – Maxwell Regional Ag & Convention Center, 3114 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, NC 27534

•Feb. 25 – Bob Martin Eastern Ag Center, 2900 NC-125, Williamston, NC 27892

•Mar. 5 – Iredell County Center, 444 Bristol Dr, Statesville, NC 28687

•Mar. 10 – Chatham County Ag Center, 1192 US-64 BUS, Pittsboro, NC 27312

•Mar. 17 – Owens Ag Center, 455 Caton Rd, Lumberton, NC 28360

•Apr. 1 – Virginia Boone Building, WNC Ag Center, 765 Boylston Hwy, Fletcher, NC 28732

Workshops are free, but advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, go to