Watauga County Farm / Land Use & Regulations Panel

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Watauga County Farm / Land Use & Regulations Panel

Join us for a discussion on the many programs & services available for our farm and forest landowners: Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If you are a farmer or landowner wanting to learn about the many resources available to you, please join Watauga County Cooperative Extension on Thursday, January 13th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Watauga County Agricultural Conference Center, 252 Poplar Grove Road, for an informative panel presentation and roundtable Q & A from agencies and organizations that support our landowners.

Curious about the Present Use Value tax program for farmers & forest landowners?

Do you really know what a conservancy is?

What permits do I need to build a barn?

Are you thinking about a forest management plan?

What funding programs are out there?

These are some of the questions that our panel of local resources can answer! Check-out these speakers and topics:

Joe Furman, Director, Watauga County Planning and Inspections will provide an overview of county permitting requirements for farm structures (ie. barns, sheds), roadside market stands, and/or agritourism.

Larry Warren, Watauga County Tax Administrator, will discuss the process of the Present Use Value program enrollment that is available to landowners/farmers which uses the value of land in its current use as agricultural, horticultural, or forest land allowing qualifying working land to be taxed at its farming value rather than its market value for development.

Charlie Brady, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Conservancy, will discuss conservancies, their features, and potential benefits for landowners.

Andrew Harsey, Watauga County Forest Ranger, will overview the steps and process for obtaining a forest management plan and its benefits.

Kelly Coffey, Farmland Preservation Board Chair, will discuss the Watauga County Voluntary Farmland Preservation Program, eligibility requirements, how the program works, and how it can benefit farmers.

Julia Houck, Director with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), will discuss the various loan & crop insurance programs that the FSA makes available to farmers and why it’s important to get a ‘farm number’.

Graham Fox & David Tucker with Watauga County Soil & Water and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide an overview of the cost-share funding programs for farmers and landowners and the application process.

Cooperative Extension (staff members) will provide an overview of technical & educational services provided to farmers and landowners in the county & types of grants available to small farm operations

In-person seating is limited to 30 attendees. To register, see:


Individual sessions will be recorded. Zoom participation will be provided. For questions or additional information, contact Watauga County Extension Director, Jim Hamilton. jim_hamilton@ncsu.edu 828.264.3061