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2024 Voluntary Agricultural Districts Webinar Series

The Voluntary Agricultural Districts (VAD) Webinar Series 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 webinars are virtual, free, and open to the public.

To sign up, please visit our Formsite registration page.

Updating VAD Ordinances, Friday, January 19, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Review 2018 and 2022 updates to the VAD statute, Ordinances changes required to comply with statutory changes

VAD 101, Wednesday, January 24, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
What is VAD? What is your role in administering a county VAD program? Resources, tools, and tips
VAD Public Hearings, Thursday, February 8, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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?

Program Record Keeping/Publicity and Outreach, Tuesday, February 13, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
How to submit the annual VAD survey, Software to manage VADs, Best practices from successful VAD programs
VAD and Geographic Information System (GIS), Thursday, February 22, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Why have a VAD GIS layer? How to capture the half-mile record notice area, Working with your county GIS department


The Voluntary Agricultural Districts program was established by the 1985 General Assembly. House Bill 1190, A Bill To Be Entitled An Act To Establish Policies To Preserve Prime Farmland, was introduced on May 17, 1985 by Representative Anne Barnes of Orange County and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. A committee substitute bill was passed on June 25, 1985. Two days later, the bill was sent to the House floor and was passed with two amendments on the second reading 96-13. The bill, as amended, passed its third reading 69-3 and was sent to the Senate on June 28, 1985.

In the short session in 1986, H.B. 1190 was withdrawn from the Senate Agriculture Committee and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on July 10, 1986. Four days later, a Senate committee substitute bill was placed before the Senate for immediate consideration and passed its second reading 39-2. On July 15, 1986, an amendment was offered and adopted and the bill passed its third reading 37-1. The Senate committee substitute bill, as amended, was sent to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

The bill was placed on the House of Representatives calendar for immediate consideration. The House of Representatives concurred in the Senate committee substitute, as amended, by a vote of 75-17. An Act To Establish Policies To Preserve Farmland was ratified on July 16, 1986.



Have a question for the State VAD Leadership Group? Email us.

Have a question for your local VAD program? Find your county contact.

Leadership Group

Name Organization
Andrew Branan NC State University Extension - Agricultural and Resource Economics
Sean Brogan NC Forest Service - Forest Management and Development
David Williams NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Soil and Water Conservation
Evan Davis NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Farmland Preservation
Bryan Evans NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Jimmy Gentry NC State Grange
Dewitt Hardee NC State Grange
Veronica Jamison NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Farmland Preservation
Jimmy Johnson NC Department of Environmental Quality - Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership
Colby Lambert NC State University Extension - Forestry
Jonathan Lanier NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Legal Affairs
Sabrina Shaffer NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Farmland Preservation
Diane Wilson NC Department of Transportation - Environmental Analysis Unit
Steve Woodson NC Farm Bureau Federation
Mike Yoder NC State University Extension