Avery County Farmland Preservation Program Hosting a Community Meeting on MARCH 1ST, 2019

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The Avery County Agriculture Advisory Board will be hosting a community meeting for all Avery County farmers. The meeting will be held at the Crossnore Mountain Training Facility on March 1, 2019 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is geared towards educating “YOU”, the farmer, on the county Farmland Preservation Program and explaining the benefits of this program!

Also, on the agenda, will be the Avery County Cooperative Extension agents presenting programs on the pressing issues for Christmas Tree and Ornamental Growers; pesticide credits have been applied for.

Also, a sponsored lunch will be provided–FREE OF CHARGE TO THE ATTENDEES!

For additional information or to register for the meeting please contact the Avery County Cooperative Extension Center at 828-733-8270.

FARMLAND PRESERVATION FACTS:

The Avery County Agriculture Advisory Board invites all farmers to participate in the Avery County Farmland Preservation Program.

Program History: The Voluntary Agriculture District (VAD) and Enhanced Voluntary Agriculture District (EVAD) are programs that encourage the voluntary preservation and protection of farmland from non-farm development. They foster the growth, development, and sustainability of family farms.

The Facts about Protecting Your Farmland

  • Farmland protection is not zoning. It is your decision about your land.
  • There is a wide range of tools that can help you achieve your goals.
  • Farmland protection can result in state and federal tax benefits or direct payments, depending on the program.
  • The land can still be used for agriculture.
  • You do not have to move off the property.
  • Farmland protection tools can be tailored to suit your needs, often allowing additional houses or farm structures.
  • The property can be passed on to heirs or sold to another party, with the knowledge that the land will remain a farm.

The Avery County Agriculture Advisory Board meets each month (THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH), please contact the Avery County Cooperative Extension Center at 828-733-8270 to receive the meeting schedule; all citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Agriculture Advisory Board will be hosting a community meeting at the Crossnoe Mountain Training Facility on FRIDAY, MARCH 1st, 2019. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. The agenda will be announced at a later date.

For additional information please contact Jerry Moody, County Extension Director at 828-733-8270.