§ 45-43. Benefits
The benefits set forth in this Part shall be available to the farmland that is the subject
of the conservation agreement for the duration of the easement and conservation
agreement and for so long as the benefits of such agreement have not been
withdrawn under the provisions of this Part due to non-compliance with the terms of
such easement and conservation agreement.
remains in effect may receive up to 25 percent of its gross sales from the sale of
nonfarm products and still qualify as a bona fide farm that is exempt from zoning
the production of any nonfarm product that the Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services recognizes as a "Goodness Grows in North Carolina"
product that is produced on a farm that is subject to a conservation agreement under
this subsection shall have the burden of establishing that the property's sale of
nonfarm products did not exceed 25 percent of its gross sales. A county may
adopt an ordinance pursuant to this section that sets forth the standards necessary for
proof of compliance. Nothing in this section shall affect the county's authority to
eligible under N.CG.S. Chapter 160, Article 72 to receive the higher percentage of
cost-share funds for the benefit of that farmland under the Agriculture Cost Share
Program established pursuant to N.C.G.S Chapter 143, Article 21, Part 9, for funds
to benefit that farmland.
All assessments for utilities provided by Henderson County are held in abeyance,
without interest, for farmland subject to a conservation agreement under N.C.G.S.
are connected to the utility for which the assessment was made. When the period of
abeyance ends, such assessment is payable in accordance with the terms of the
limitations are suspended during the time that any assessment is held in abeyance
under this section without interest.