As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we enjoy fresh produce here in North Carolina. Farmers' markets and tail gate markets make locally-grown foods from our neighbors' farms readily available.
However, as our population surges and development moves out toward rural lands, farm prosperity and farm transition are more and more on the minds of all concerned.
According to the National Resources Inventory, North Carolina is converting over 30,000 acres of prime farmland to development each year.
To address the resulting concerns, the Farm Prosperity Project, led by NC State University in partnership with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, American Farmland Trust, Land of Sky Regional Council, Warren Wilson College, (where REALTORS® in North Carolina do much of their hands-on training for the ECO designation) and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, provides public outreach via educational workshops.
The Project looks at solutions to the loss of farmland by combining new and promising crops with land protection measures such as those offered by local land trusts. "The overarching goal of the project is to save farms and farmland ...by directly aiding farmers in increasing their economic prosperity," reports the Project.
The Farm Prosperity focuses attention on North Carolina farmland and farm heritage. The Farm Prosperity Project will identify crops and farmland preservation methods that help sustain the longevity of farmlands.
A few topics of particular interest to real property investors include:
- Developing a Farm Transition Plan
- Understanding Estate Planning Tools and Tactics
- Managing Risk through Conservation Programs
If you want to help shape positive futures, attend any number of workshops that address remedies and solutions. You will be joined by Agricultural Educators, Community Leaders, Concerned Citizens, Farmers, Foresters and Ranchers, Farmland Protection Program Managers, Government Officials and Policymakers, Land Owners and Managers, Land Trust Staff and Volunteers, Natural Resource Professionals, Researchers,
and Eco-Friendly REALTORS®, (I'm smiling).
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