Conservation easement workshops scheduled for December and January

Over the past two years, Governor McDonnell has made the preservation of working lands a priority for his administration. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has recently posted the online registration for the next two “Conservation Easement Workshop for Working Lands” sessions. These workshops, led by Secretary Todd Haymore and Commissioner Matthew Lohr, are a great opportunity for farm and forest landowners in Virginia to learn more about conservation easements and see if it is a good idea for their farm and get questions answered. This past spring the first one was held in Rockbridge County, and we had good attendance from actual farmers in that section of the Valley. The next two sessions are as follows:

December 13, 2011: Pittsylvania County at Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham

January 5, 2012: Dinwiddie County at Eastside Community Enhancement Center in Petersburg

For more information, visit www.vdacs.virginia.gov/preservation/workshop.shtml

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