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Working Lands Protection Plans: A Regional Approach to Agricultural Economic Development Gerry Cohn Organic Valley – SE Region Pools Coordinator Agricultural.

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1 Working Lands Protection Plans: A Regional Approach to Agricultural Economic Development Gerry Cohn Organic Valley – SE Region Pools Coordinator Agricultural Planning Consultant

2 Working Lands Protection Plans Authorization and Funding Benefits VAD – Agricultural Advisory Board

3 Two Sides of the Same Coin Farmland Preservation Agricultural Economic Development

4 Tale of Three Counties Lee Richmond Moore – 2012  Mount Olive College Agribusiness Center  BRAC Regional Task Force – Working Lands Protection Strategy  Local Partners – CES, SWCD, Planning

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6 Lee County Recommendations Engagement and Awareness Forestry Management Education Youth and Adult Leadership Development Business Training & Technical Assistance thru multiple delivery channels Enhanced VAD Program

7 Lee Farmer & Agribusiness Needs Diversification – specialty & direct market options Risk management & estate planning info Tax policy – local, state, federal Woodlots, pesticide management, nutrient management, organic farming Agritourism and local product promotion

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9 Richmond Recommendations Ag Education Action team Youth and Adult Leadership Development Present Use Value education Integrate Agritourism in county marketing Business and technical assistance Estate planning & youth education

10 Richmond Farmer & Agribusiness Needs Marketing & Sales Promotion Farm transfer & estate planning Tax policy – local, state, federal Pesticide, nutrient, & environmental management Conservation best management practices

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12 Moore Econ Development Opportunities Local Food System Local Markets for Environmental Horticulture products Agritourism Biofuels

13 Moore Econ Development Recs (1) Business Development Partnership with Chamber of Commerce Local sales and cost of production data Study of Equine Industry Forum to develop local food system. Local food council?

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15 Moore Econ Development Recs (2) Create incentives for local landscaping products. Agritourism – expanded education/partnerships Indentify appropriate local crop and timber Use in Biofuels

16 Common Themes Local Food and Fiber

17 Western Wake Farmers Market

18 Common Themes Local Food – Regional Food Council Local Purchasing Farm to School Farmers Markets Institutions – hospitals, clubs, residential Sandhills Farm to Table

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20 Common Themes Local Fiber – Biofuels Forestry Landscaping

21 Common Themes Business and Financial Services

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23 Common Themes Leadership Development & Generational Transition

24 Common Themes Agritourism

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26 Gerry Cohn


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