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Voluntary Agricultural District

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Voluntary Agricultural Districts (VAD) recognize the importance of agriculture to the economic and social well-being of North Carolina by encouraging the preservation and protection of farmland from non-farm development.


Farmland, forestland, and horticultural lands must meet the following criteria:

  • The land must be part of the present-use-value taxation program or be determined eligible for present use value; and
  • The land must be managed in accordance with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service guidelines with respect to highly erodible land.

Local governments may also require a minimum acreage and/or a minimum number of farms within a certain area to establish a new district.

Please fill out the VAD Application if you wish to apply for approval.