AgOptions 2018 Grant Applications
WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant
applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses.
With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC
AgOptions is distributing a total of $229,000 to western North
Carolina farmers in 2018. This amount is the most the WNC AgOptions
has awarded since 2011. The application deadline is Nov. 17.
WNC AgOptions helps offset farmers’ risk of trying new ventures and
expanding their farms with $3,000 and $6,000 grants. “The WNC
AgOptions program is an excellent example of grant funds providing
direct support to those who need it most,” said Ross Young, Madison
County Extension Director and WNC AgOptions steering committee leader.
“Our farmers are arguably the most important people in our society. I
sincerely appreciate the Commission’s interest in supporting western
North Carolina agriculture.”
Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension agents by Oct.
13 to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. Applications
are available at www.wncagoptions.org or at local Cooperative
Extension centers. Extension agents remain a resource for farmers
throughout the year as they complete their projects.
WNC AgOptions offers grants to farmers in the following
counties/units: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay,
Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison,
McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and
Yancey counties as well as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Applicants are encouraged to attend information sessions, which will
be held throughout the region through September. Check the WNC
AgOptions website for dates and locations of other upcoming sessions,
or call Project Coordinator Jennifer Ferre at (828) 252-4783.