What is the Voluntary Agricultural District (VAD) Program? . . . .
The purpose of the Voluntary Agricultural District (VAD) Program is to encourage the voluntary preservation and protection of farmland from non-farm development. This is in recognition of the
importance of agriculture to the economic and cultural life of the country. The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina authorized counties to undertake a series of programs to encourage the preservation of farmland. This statutory authority is found in Chapter 106, Article 61, of the North Carolina General Statutes. The Duplin County Voluntary Agricultural Districts will be governed by an Agricultural Board composed of one member from each of the six County Commissioner districts. These members will be appointed by the Duplin County Board of Commissioners. In addition, the County Extension Director and County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Director will serve as members of the Board. The Agricultural Board will be responsible for approving applications for membership in an agricultural district.
To be qualified as farmland, a farm shall contain a minimum of 10 contiguous acres of farmland.
- The farm shall be participating in the “Farm Present-Use-Value Taxation Program”.
- The property shall be certified by the Cooperative Extension Service and NRCS as being a farm on which at least two-thirds of the land is composed of soils that are:
- favorable for major crops common to the County; or
- soils on which at least two-thirds of the land has been actively utilized for agricultural,horticultural, forestry, livestock, or wildlife production.
- Property is the subject of a Conservation Agreement between the County and the owner of such land that prohibits non-farm use or the development of such.
What will joining the VAD Program do for me?
- This program will help increase the identity awareness and pride in the agricultural community and its way of life.
- Members will have increased protection from nuisance law suits and other negative impacts affecting participating farms.
What is the cost of this program?
There will be a one-time fee of $60.00 to join this program. This fee will cover a portion of the cost of a sign which designates a farm’s membership and the charges involved in filing the document with the Duplin County Register of Deeds Office.
For more information contact
Duplin County Cooperative Extension Service
165 Agricultural Drive
P. O. Box 949
Kenansville,N. C. 28349
Phone: (910) 296-2143
Households of DUPLIN COUNTY Can Apply for
Low Income Energy Assistance Starting Dec. 3
November 26, 2018 —Households in DUPLIN COUNTY containing a person aged 60 or more, or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the NC Division of Aging and Adult
Services can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes starting Monday, Dec. 3. All households can apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.
The federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program provides eligible households with a one-time payment to their heating vendor to offset the high cost of heating during the cold-weather months. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the payment will be $200, $300 or $400.
Last year, the program provided approximately $32 million to help 128,160 households pay their heating bills from December 2017 through March 2018.
To be eligible, a person must:
- Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets eligibility criteria
- Have income equal to or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty limit, such as:
- For a household of one, an income of $15,782 or less
- For a family of four, an income of $32,630 or less
- Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250
- Be responsible for their heating cost
DUPLIN COUNTY households who want to apply for energy assistance can only do so in person at the DUPLIN COUNTY Department of Social Services office:
DUPLIN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
423 N MAIN ST, KENANSVILLE, NC
The office will be accepting applications from households with a person aged 60 or more, or someone receiving benefits from the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services from Monday, Dec. 3, through Monday, Dec. 31, with the exception of December 24, 25 & 26, when the Duplin County Department of Social Services will be closed. Hours for the site are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All households may apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.
Households with a Native American aged 18 or older residing in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson, or Scotland counties applying for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program must contact the
Lumbee Tribe at http://www.lumbeetribe.com/
Households that include an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) living in the five-county service area of Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties,
wishing to apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program must do so through the EBCI at https://ebci.com/. This includes enrolled EBCI members on and off the Qualla Boundary in the five counties.
For more information on the Low-Income Energy Assistance program, go to