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Cherokee County Farmland Preservation Plan

Cherokee County Farmland Preservation Plan

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Published by: Douglas Clement on Oct 25, 2011
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A Farmland Protection Planfor
Cherokee County, North Carolina
Prepared for the County Commission and theCherokee County Agricultural Advisory Boardby
Smithson Mills and Sam BinghamSeptember 2009
Funded by
The authors thank the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland PreservationTrust Fund for its generous support, as well as the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners,the Cherokee County center of the NC Cooperative Extension Service, the North CarolinaDepartment of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and the Cherokee County AgriculturalAdvisory Board for their participation and input.The authors additionally thank the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and theCherokee County Mapping/GIS Department for their assistance in generating maps used inpreparation of this report.
Executive Summary Page 1Part One: The State of Agriculture Page 4I.
Agricultural Activity Page 4II.
Challenges and Opportunities Page 10III.
Strategies for Developing Agriculture Page 24IV.
The State of Agriculture: Conclusions Page 28Part Two: Farmland Protection Page 31I.
Citizen Attitudes Towards Farming and Farmland Page 31II.
General Overview of Land and Land Use Patterns Page 35III.
Land Use Management Tools and Techniques Page 41IV.
Prioritizing Preservation Page 53Part Three: Implementation and Schedule Page 56Appendix I: Parcels over 100 acres taxed at present-use valueAppendix II: Soil AssessmentsAppendix III: 1995 Cherokee County Farmland Preservation ProgramAppendix IV: Full Page GIS MapsAppendix V: Buncombe County Farmland Ranking System

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