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Sampson VAD Program Farm Sign

Do you own farmland in Sampson County and want to preserve its agricultural heritage for future generations? Consider enrolling in the Sampson County Voluntary Agricultural District (VAD) Program.  The VAD program is designed for landowners interested in farmland preservation as a voluntary means to identify the property as agricultural land that is used for farming or forestry. Interested landowners may fill out the Membership Application for enrollment. The program is coordinated by N.C. Cooperative Extension, in partnership with a seven member Agricultural Board of landowners across five agricultural districts, as well as four ex-officio members from the Sampson County Register of Deeds, Tax Administration, Cooperative Extension, and Soil & Water Conservation Services.

What are the benefits of joining this Farmland Preservation Program?

  • Increase the identity, awareness and pride in agriculture and its way of life
  • Reduce likeliness of nuisance lawsuits and other negative impacts affecting participating farms
  • Landowners will not be required to connect to the Sampson County water system or assessed charges for such until the farm is connected
  • The program is completely “voluntary”, meaning landowners may withdraw upon request as needed through written notification
  • Low cost:  $25 reflective 18×24″ farm sign cost share and $26 recording fee (per application). $50 for additional farm signs.

What are the requirements to enroll:

  • Must be a bona-fide farm, participating in the farm present use value taxation program
  • Minimum acreage types:
    • 5 horticulture
    • 10 cropland (includes forages)
    • 20 forestry
  • Certified as favorable land for agricultural or forestry use
  • Conservation agreement required to prohibit non-farm use

Links to Other Helpful Resources:

Sampson County Land Records

Sampson County GIS Data Viewer

Sampson County Register of Deeds

Sampson County Soil & Water Conservation Services

Sampson County Tax Administration

Sampson County Planning & Zoning

Contact the Extension Center at 910-592-7161 or any Sampson VAD Board Member for more information:

District 1:  Jennifer Daniels, Tammy Peterson

District 2:  Henry Faison, Nelson Powell

District 3:  Kent Fann

District 4:  Morgan Moore

District 5:  Wendy Dorman

Sampson Ag Board Members Feb 2024

Left to right, front row: Sampson County Agricultural board members Kent Fann, Jennifer Daniels, Nelson Powell. Back row: Board members and agency reps: Wendy Dorman, Anita Lane (Register of Deeds), Morgan Moore, Melanie Harris (Soil & Water Conservation), Henry Faison, Susan Heath (Tax Administration), Eileen Coite (Cooperative Extension).

Special thanks to the NCADFP Trust Fund for supporting the Sampson County Farmland Preservation Program through the Sampson VAD sign grant.

Find more information about NC Farmland Preservation this NCDA website.

NCADFP trust fund logo