Conservation Grants Protect Farmland in North Carolina

Grants made by the state through the preservation trust fund.

Published on: Aug 5, 2011

Many who live in the country want to preserve their farm as a farmland enterprise, perhaps for a certain time period or forever. The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund is funded by the state to communities that then help people make their dreams of preservation a reality.

The ADFPTF recently awarded more than $1.8 million to communities across North Carolina, to be used to protect agricultural farmland, as well as for conservation and educationally worthy community projects.

"The trust fund was able to assist 19 projects with funding this year," said N.C. Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler. "Although there's a lot more work to be done, I am pleased with the progress counties and conservation groups are making to protect our valuable agricultural resources."

A list of the 2011 grant recipients includes:

• Alamance County received a grant of $100,000 toward the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement on 36 acres of Jeff D. Wilkins' crop and livestock farm.

• The Land Trust for Central North Carolina was awarded $154,630 toward the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement on 131 acres of farm and forest land owned by John Bishop of Kannapolis. The land is located in Anson County.

• The Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy received $31,609 to assist with the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement on a 10-acre produce farm owned by Annie Louise Perkinson of Fairview in Buncome County.

• Cabarrus County Soil and Water Conservation District received $175,000 to assist with the purchase of a 50-year conservation easement on 54 acres of a livestock and poultry farm owned by Thomas E. Porter Jr. of Concord.

• Piedmont Conservation Council received $15,000 to assist with the development and adoption of a farmland protection plan for Caswell County.

• Catawba County Planning, Parks and Development Department was awarded $15,000 to help with the development and adoption of a county farmland protection plan.

• Triangle Land Conservancy received $192,000 toward the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement on 98 acres of a crop and dairy farm owned by Janice Lindley and Patricia Ann Campbell of Snow Camp in Chatham County.

• Chowan Soil and Water Conservation District received a grant of $4,000 to help pay for educational meetings and other outreach to landowners on behalf of the county's Voluntary Agricultural District.

• Duplin County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $150,000 toward the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement on 172 acres of farm and forest land owned by Francis Parks of Calypso.

• Durham County received $139,500 toward the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement on a 96-acre dairy and goat farm owned by David Krabbe and Kathryn Spann of Durham.

• Southwestern N.C. Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc. received $73,138 toward the purchase of a 30-year conservation easement on 36 acres of a beef cattle farm owned by George L. Smathers of Canton in Haywood County.

• Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded $15,000 to aid the development and adoption of a county farmland protection plan.

• Perquimans County Cooperative Extension received $4,000 to help pay for educational meetings and other outreach to landowners on behalf of the county's Voluntary Agricultural District.

• Richmond County Cooperative Extension was awarded $4,000 to help pay for educational meetings and other outreach to landowners on behalf of the county's Voluntary Agricultural District.

• Swain County Soil and Water Conservation District received $15,000 to help with the development and adoption of a county farmland protection plan.

• Catawba Lands Conservancy received $286,446 toward the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement on the 114-acre Howey Family Farms of Monroe in Union County. The trust fund also awarded grants to the following organizations for projects of regional impact:

• Duplin County and Duplin County Cooperative Extension received $86,000 to help purchase livestock handling equipment for the proposed southeastern regional area livestock handling and marketing facility. The facility will serve Brunswick, Duplin, Jones, Pender, Sampson and Wayne counties.

• The N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation received a grant of $300,000 to assist with creating a 30-year landowner agreement program for the preservation of working farms and forests under the military training route in the following eastern N.C. counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Onslow, Pamlico, Sampson and Wake.

• North Carolina's Eastern Region received $45,000 to help with the development and adoption of farmland protection plans for Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties.

The N.C. Agricultural Development & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund has established a website where you can learn more at http://www.ncadfp.org/index.htm.