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Farmland preservation grants available

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County governments and conservation nonprofits have until Dec. 18 to apply for farmland preservation grants from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. 

This grant funding includes a new funding opportunity called Local Agricultural Growth Zones, which aim to enhance local investments in agricultural conservation easements by applying for matching funds from the state.

Qualifying entities may request up to $2 million per Local AGZs application. Grants are also available for agricultural conservation easements on working lands used for agricultural production; to support public-private enterprise programs that promote profitable and sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestland activities; and to develop agricultural plans.

Landowners interested in preserving their farms through conservation easements must work with county governments or land trusts to apply for grant funds. If awarded a grant in which the application requests funds for the conservation easement purchase value, landowners will be compensated for the purchase of the development rights.

Grant applications, rules and information packets are available online at Call 919.707.3074.

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