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Haywood Soil and Water receives farmland preservation grants

Haywood Soil and Water receives farmland preservation grants File photo

The Haywood County Soil & Water Conservation District is a recipient of three of this year’s N.C. Grange grants to aid in land preservation efforts within the county. 

North Carolina currently has the unfortunate ranking of second in the nation, behind Texas, for threat of land conversion to development, as noted in an American Farmland Trust’s study, even though it is only ranked 30th in total agricultural acreage. The report projected 1.1 million acres of North Carolina farmland would be converted from agricultural use based on current development numbers with a potential to increase to 1.6 million acres if anticipated development acceleration continues. 

The N.C. Grange is a nonprofit organization with a long history of supporting farmers and advocating for North Carolina agriculture. It gives its members a legislative voice and brings people together to serve communities across the state.

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