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Agriculture program set for March 25

A free workshop will be held March 25 on the voluntary agricultural district programs and farmland protection planning for counties and municipalities.

The workshop (rescheduled from March 18) will be at the Haywood County Center in Waynesville from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Topics will include and overview of estate-tax changes, farmland protection plan development, agritourism and other economic development opportunities, nuisance protection, condemnation and eminent domain.

These workshops are for board members, program staff, planners, farmers and others from counties and municipalities with these type programs, or those considering adopting such programs.

www.ncadfp.org/2011_VAD_Workshops.htm.

While there is no fee for this workshop, there is a voluntary lunch donation.

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