Wake County Voluntary Agricultural District Program
The Wake Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors has created a Voluntary Agricultural District Program (VAD) in Wake County.
The purpose of the Wake County VAD program is to:
  • Increase the visibility of farm communities in the county

  • Focus more attention on the importance of these communities to the county

  • Work with the county to make it easier for those who wish to stay in farming to continue doing so

  • Advise the county on issues affecting agriculture

  • Give farm owners a greater voice in local government decisions affecting their community

  • Reduce conflicts between farm and non-farm land uses




Click the map to see the locations of the current Voluntary Agricultural Districts in Wake County. 







Wake County VAD program summary:

  • The Agricultural Advisory Board consists of volunteers from landowners in the Wake County Voluntary Agricultural District (VAD) Program.  Additional members may be appointed to the Board in an ex officio capacity from the Soil and Water Conservation District Board, Wake County Cooperative Extension, the U.S. Farm Service Agency, nonprofit agricultural organizations, conservation organizations, agribusiness, horticultural businesses, forestry businesses, or the public at large as deemed necessary by the Wake County Board of Commissioners or Wake Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • The Advisory Board will consider applications from landowners to form agricultural districts; conduct hearings on public projects (roads, schools, etc.) that might have a negative effect on agriculture in a district; and advise the county on other issues affecting local agriculture.

  • Eligible tracts of lands for the VAD program must have a minimum of 20 acres of qualified forestry, 10 acres of agriculture, or 5 acres of horticulture per the December 2016 ordinance update.

  • Farmers wishing to participate in the program sign a simple application indicating that they plan to remain in farming for the next 10 years. They can withdraw from the program at any time and it is a non-binding agreement.

  • Participants can erect the provided VAD signs along the roads in Agricultural Districts, identifying them as such.

  • All purchasers of land near agricultural districts should expect dust, machinery noise, animal waste, chemical odors, and other similar conditions associated with living in a farming area.

  • For more information about the Voluntary Agricultural District Program, please see the attached brochure.

To view the full text of the Wake County ordinance please see the Voluntary Agricultural District Ordinance (December 2016).
The guidelines for this program are covered by State law (N.C.G.S. 106-735 through 106-744, Agricultural Developement and Farmland Preservation Enabling Act). Since these statutes were enacted, 90 county programs have been created across NC.

If you are interested in participating in the Voluntary Agricultural District Program please complete the VAD Application and return it to the Wake Soil and Water Conservation District office. Or for more information, please contact Conservation Specialist Abigail Haselton at 919-250-1055.



Wake Soil and Water Conservation District 
4001 Carya Drive, Suite D :: Raleigh, North Carolina 27610 :: Phone: 919-250-1050 :: Fax: 919-250-1058



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