NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' divisions have responsibilities in regulatory and service areas covering agronomy; animal health; weights and measures; gas and oil inspection; crop and livestock statistics; USDA commodity distribution; state farm operations; food, drug and cosmetic testing for purity; agricultural marketing and promotion; agricultural marketing grading; international agricultural crop and livestock marketing; operation of the North Carolina State Fair and North Carolina Mountain State Fair; operation of four state farmers markets; research station operations; seed and fertilizer inspection; nursery and plant pest eradication activities; regulation of the structural pest control industry; agricultural environmental issues, state and federal agricultural legislation; and agricultural economic analysis.
American Farmland Trust
American Farmland Trust is committed to protecting the nation's best farm and ranch land and improving the economic viability of agriculture. During the past 25 years, AFT helped to stimulate the creation of 27 state-level farmland protection programs, as well as countless local ordinances and programs that give landowners the tools they need to keep their land in farming. AFT works with federal, state and local leaders and communities to develop legislation, implement policies and execute programs that keep farmers on their land and protect our environment.
Conservation Trust for North Carolina
Conservation Trust for North Carolina protects our state's land and water through statewide conservation and cooperative work with land trusts to preserve our natural resources as a legacy for future generations. Contains a listing of North Carolina's 23 landtrusts. A good source for locating a non-profit conservation organization to partner with for a conservation easement.
Land Trust Alliance
Comprehensive list of land trusts in the United States. A good source for locating a non-profit conservation organization to partner with for a conservation easement.
USDA Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands. ACEP is a new program that consolidates three former programs (Wetlands Reserve Program, Grassland Reserve Program, and Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program).