Farmland Preservation Program
The Cleveland County Farmland Preservation Program is a voluntary program that recognizes landowners’ commitment
to keeping land in farming or forestry use. Cleveland County has 150 farms, totaling over 17,000 acres, enrolled in
the program. Farms in the program are allowed to display a “Farmland Preservation Member” sign on their property.
Each farm is placed within an Ag District. These farms and Ag Districts are also recognized on Farmland
Preservation maps at the Conservation Office and Cooperative Extension and on the GIS layer for the county website.
The program is designed to foster pride and awareness of farms in the county.
To qualify for the program, farms must be at least 50 acres in size or within one mile of an already established Ag
District. Farms must also be classified under farm or forestry present-use tax evaluation by Cleveland County.
Applications are approved by the Cleveland County Voluntary Agricultural Advisory Board. The board consists of 7
members who are currently enrolled in the programs. Current members are Myron Edwards, Thomas Covington, Will
Thompson, Marvin Hutchinson, Randy McDaniel, Harry Sain, and Randy Cook.