Avery County Farmland Preservation Program

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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 monthly, please contact the Avery County Cooperative Extension Center at 828-733-8270 to receive the meeting schedule; all citizens are invited to attend.

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