Counties with VAD Programs: 90
VAD Counties with Enhanced VAD Programs: 31
Farms Enrolled in the VAD Program Statewide: 11,638
Acres of Farmland and Working Forests Enrolled in the VAD Program Statewide: 819,629
Farms Enrolled in the Enhanced VAD Program Statewide: 862
Acres of Farmland and Working Forests Enrolled in the Enhanced VAD Program Statewide: 56,859
Total Farms Enrolled in the VAD and EVAD Program Statewide: 12,500
Total Acres of Farmland and Working Forests Enrolled in the VAD and EVAD Program Statewide: 876,488
Statistics are generated from county reports. Last updated 10-12-2020.
Counties with NCDA&CS Approved and County Endorsed Farmland Protection Plans: 63
Counties with Farmland Protection Plans Under Development: 4
Farmland Protection Plans:
- Contain a list and description of existing agricultural activity in the county;
- Contain a list of existing challenges to continued family farming in the county;
- Contain a list of opportunities for maintaining or enhancing small, family-owned farms and the local agricultural economy;
- Describe how the county plans to maintain a viable agricultural community and use farmland preservation tools, including:
- Agricultural economic development;
- Farm diversification and marketing assistance;
- Agricultural technical assistance;
- Farm infrastructure financing;
- Farmland purchasing assistance;
- Linking with younger farmers;
- Estate planning;
- Donation of agricultural conservation easements;
- Entering into Voluntary Agricultural Districts;
- Contain a schedule for implementing the plan and identification of possible funding sources for the long-term support of the plan.
Counties with Cost of Community Services Studies: 20
In North Carolina, for every $1.00 of revenue generated by agricultural lands, the cost of community services provided is $0.53.
In North Carolina, for every $1.00 of community services provided, the revenue generated by agricultural lands is $1.90.
In all 20 counties analyzed, agricultural lands use less tax dollars than they generate. Working lands in North Carolina are net providers of local tax dollars, rather than net users.