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NC State and NC A&T Heirs’ Property Collaboration Wins NCACES Award

On Friday, May 10, 2024, the North Carolina Association of Cooperative Extension Specialists (NCACES) honored the heirs’ property collaboration between NC A&T and NC State with the Outstanding Subject Matter Program By A Team Award. The collaboration, “Understanding Heirs’ Property at the Community Effort,” is a USDA/RMA-funded program developed by the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) and Alcorn State University.

ARE Associate Extension Professor Andrew Branan was a key collaborator on the project, led by Biswanath Dari, Assistant Professor for Natural Resource Development at NC A&T University. NC State Forestry Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist Kurt Smith and NC FarmLink Director Noah Rannells were also collaborators on the project.

The program has successfully conducted workshops in Guilford, Stokes, Halifax, Caswell and Robeson Counties, with a final in-person workshop scheduled for Union County on July 17, followed by a series of webinars the following week. Throughout this initiative, the team has gained valuable insights from participants about the complexities and challenges of fractionalized real property ownership.

This recognition highlights the significant impact of the program and places NC State and NC A&T at the forefront of addressing heirs’ property issues in North Carolina. The team’s efforts have led to a deeper understanding of the challenges in heirs’ property resolution and identified the need for further education and resources in this area.

For more information and to access the general team presentation slides, visit this link.