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                              Durham County Farm Heritage Hall of Fame Award

Sponsored by the Durham County Farm Bureau and the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District

The Durham County Farm Heritage Hall of Fame Award recognizes those individuals of the past and/or present, who through agriculture have made or continue to make our county and state a better place to live and work. We desire to honor and give public recognition to those who have brought distinction to themselves, have made outstanding contributions to their professions, and whose community involvement has served as stimulus to others. Recipients should be have outstanding character in their community.

Annual awards will honor men or women who have been instrumental to the success and excellence of agriculture, either as a farmer or in an agriculturally related field. Durham County residents who have exemplary records for superior contributions and outstanding leadership in promoting agriculture and natural resource conservation in our community may be nominated by their peers or themselves. Farmers, growers, ranchers, owners/employees of agribusiness firms, agricultural education, government or other individuals who have contributed to the success of agriculture in Durham County are all eligible for nomination as either individuals and/or families. Persons selected for recognition will be honored and formally inducted into the Durham County Farm Heritage Hall of Fame during the Durham SWCD’s Annual Farmer Appreciation Dinner.

Recipients must have made their major contributions in Durham County &/or North Carolina, and should have had long tenure in their field of endeavor, preferably over 25 years and shall have a solid Durham County connection. Applications must have details for the committee to know what the contributions have been. Nominations may be made by any individual or organization in NC by completing a nomination form and returning it to the Farm Heritage Hall of Fame Committee by the first Friday in July of each year.

Selection each year will be made by the Durham Co. Farm Heritage Hall of Fame Committee. The decision of the judges shall be final, and is usually completed in mid-February each year and letters are sent to all applicants. Applicants not selected are retained for review the next year(s) and can be resubmitted with greater detail if desired.




The Durham County Board of County Commissioners has approved an Agricultural Economic Development Grant Program and has allocated $50,000 for this fiscal year. The program purpose is to offer cost share grants to assist farmers along with promoting Agriculture Development and Outdoor Environmental Learning Centers in schools.

 The County has a successful economic development plan that offers cash incentives to businesses that create jobs in the community. This incentive programs mimics the same outcome but is directed to support farms, new and beginning entrepreneurs and to support agriculture education in schools.


This program will provide two types of grants:

  • Small grants for Agriculture Development in schools: Up to $1,000.00
  • Grants for farmers: Up to $10,000.00


Training events will be offered to assist interested applicants with the application process. Extra points will be awarded to anyone that attends one of the training's below:

Training Dates: TBD

  • If awarded you must attend a future training before implementation.





Falls Lake Agriculture Rule, 15A NCAC 2B Rule 0280

Establishes collective nitrogen and Phosphorus reduction goals for agricultural operations in the watershed. This rule will affect anyone who engages in agricultural operations in the Falls Lake Watershed, produces crops or horticulture products (excluding trees) primarily for financial profit, engages in research activities in support of commercial production or has:

  • 5 or more horses
  • 20 or more cattle
  • 20 or more swine not in a feedlot
  • 150 or more swine in a feedlot
  • 120 or more sheep
  • 130 or more goats
  • 650 or more turkeys
  • 3,500 or more chickens
  • any combination that exceeds 20,000 pounds of live weight at anytime
All persons this rule effects must register with their Local Advisory Committee. To register or for more details, please visit the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation's website at