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Regional agriculture lands training workshops scheduled

The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will hold five workshops across the state for local government and nonprofit staff involved in protecting communities’ agricultural lands and administering local Voluntary Agricultural District programs.

The Voluntary Agricultural District training workshops are for county leadership, Soil and Water Conservation districts, N.C. Cooperative Extension, the N.C. Forest Service, tax assessors, planning departments, register of deeds, land trusts, and other local and nonprofit staff.

The regional preservation workshops are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Interested participants may register at ncadfp.org.

Workshops will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The closest workshop to northeastern North Carolina will be held in Rocky Mount at the East Carolina Agriculture and Education Center, 1175 Kingsboro Road, Rocky Mount, on Tuesday, May 8.

Other workshops will be held in Burlington, Morganton, Smithfield and Sylva.

The workshops are hosted by the ADFP Trust Fund, with help from the N.C. Forest Service, Division of Soil and Water Conservation, N.C. State University, N.C. Department of Transportation, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, N.C. State Grange and the N.C. Farm Bureau.

For more information, visit ncadfp.org.