2021 Virtual Voluntary Agricultural Districts Workshop

This two-day workshop is for local government staff and Agricultural Advisory Boards that administer and implement VAD programs in their local communities.
Landowners, land trusts, conservation nonprofits, and other entities interested in VADs are encouraged to attend.
The workshop is virtual, free, and open to the public.
• Wednesday, June 9 - 9:00 AM to Noon

• Thursday, June 10 - 9:00 AM to Noon
You will receive a link to the virtual meeting on Wednesday, June 2. 
The sessions will be recorded for viewing after the workshop.
For questions:
Phone: 919-707-3071
Email: NCVAD@ncagr.gov 




Session Description

Session Lead

June 9 - 9:00 am

General Session Day 1: Voluntary Agricultural Districts 101

  • What is VAD?
  • What is your role in administering a county VAD program?
  • How to work with different county departments
  • Working with your Agricultural Advisory Board
  • Resources, tools, and tips

Bryan Evans (NCASWCD) and Mike Yoder (NCSU Extension)

June 9 - 10:30 am

Breakout Session Day 1: VAD Reporting Requirements, Farmland Protection Plan, Cost of Community Services, and Administrative Best Practices

  • How to submit the annual VAD survey
  • What is a Farmland Protection Plan, and how to keep it active?
  • What is a Cost of Community Services Study, and why it is important?
  • Best practices from successful VAD programs
Laura Brookshire (NCDA&CS Farmland Preservation) and Evan Davis (NCDA&CS Farmland Preservation)

June 9 - 10:30 am

Breakout Session Day 1: GIS and Mapping

  • Why have a VAD GIS layer?
  • How to capture the half-mile record notice area
  • Working with your county GIS department

Diane Wilson (NCDOT) and Christian Vose (NCDA&CS GIS)

June 10 - 9:00 am

General Session Day 2: Legal Updates and Potential VAD Statute Updates

  • Review 2018 updates to the Record Notice provision of the VAD statute
  • Provide draft notes on updates to the VAD statute

Jon Lanier (NCDA&CS Legal Affairs) and Steve Woodson (NC Farm Bureau Federation) 

June 10 - 10:30 am

Breakout Session Day 2: The Principles of Qualifying Farmland

  • What is a conservation agreement?
  • How to enroll and unenroll VAD members
  • Conservation agreement certification

Andrew Branan (NCSU Extension) and Dewitt Hardee (NCDA&CS Farmland Preservation)

June 10 - 10:30 am

Breakout Session Day 2: Public Hearings

  • What is a public hearing?
  • What is the public hearing requirement in the VAD statute and ordinances?
  • How to conduct a public hearing
  • What are the outcomes of a VAD public hearing?

Diane Wilson (NCDOT)

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