Agriculture & Forest District Advisory Committee

AFD Fact Sheet
Application to Join Existing District

Landowners throughout the County have made the commitment to keep their land in farming or forestry by joining the Ag & Forestal District (AFD) program. In this program, a landowner commits to keeping their land in agricultural or forestry production for ten years. There are 18 Agricultural & Forestal Districts in the County with over 39,000 acres enrolled. This is a voluntary program.

Landowners enrolled in the program forego the option to subdivide and develop the tracts during this 10-year period. In exchange, those areas are protected as “right to farm” regions, with protection against government interference in their farming and forestry operations and other benefits.

Currently, the following 3 AFD’s are up for renewal in 2018 by the Board of Supervisors:

  • Bauserman – Clem- Grove
  • Fisher Hill – Sandy Hook
  • Toms Brook

During the renewal period, landowners with parcels currently enrolled in a district can renew, add to, or remove their parcels without special consideration. This is also an excellent opportunity for landowners to enroll their land in a district for the first time.

The State Code provides details about the program, for more information see:

Contact the Community Development Office at 540-459-6185 or 459-6204 to discuss your options as a landowner and learn more about the program.

Upcoming Meetings

Date/Time Event
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Ag & Forestal District Committee Meeting
Shenandoah County Board Conference Room, Woodstock VA
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Agriculture and Forestal District Committee Meeting
Board Conference Room, Woodstock VA


AFD Program Summary Presentation


Our Staff

Jill Jefferson
County Planner
(540) 459-6185