Keeping Your Farm

In response to economic uncertainty surrounding farming as a result of economic or climatic conditions, some farmers consider selling their land.  Between 2003 and 2006, many did:  5,500 farmers totaling 300,000 acres of farmland - equivalent to the average North Carolina's county size - were sold.  Two programs are available to farmers to help them keep their land:

Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
The North Carolina legislature created the Farmland Preservation Trust Fund in 1986 to help farmers retain their farmlands.  Renamed the the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund (ADFP), the legislature sought to broaden the scope of its assistance. It targeted three areas:

  • Conservation easements
  • Agricultural agreements
  • Programs that develop sustainable or viable agriculture


To help farmers keep their farms, county governments and non-profits invite them to submit a grant proposal to the ADFP Trust Fund.

For more, contact:
NC Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund at:
1001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-1001
Phone: 919-733-7125
www.ncadfp.org
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Agricultural Advancement Consortium
The Agricultural Advancement Consortium, created by the Governor's Rural Prosperity Task Force, seeks to promote the expansion of farming.  To do so, it conducts research and provides grants to farmers to grow new products and markets and create best practices.

The consortium has made over 30 grants in support of the agricultural industry.

For more, contact:
Agricultural Advancement Consortium Director
Billy Guillet
N.C. Rural Economic Development Center
4021 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
Telephone: 919-250-4314
Fax: 919-250-4325
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