WNC AgOptions Grant Period
Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or
expanding their businesses. The program helps offset farmers' risk of starting
ventures or growing new operations with $3,000 and $6,000 grants. The
application deadline is Nov. 14. The program made one
noteworthy change to its application process: the deadline is no longer a
postmark cutoff date. Applications must be at the WNC Communities
office in Asheville by November 14.
The N.C. Tobacco
Trust Fund Commission has notified WNC AgOptions leaders that the program will
be funded for another two years. The Commission expects to increase the amount
of funding so that WNC AgOptions can give more farmers grants in 2017 and 2018
than in recent years.
contact their Cooperative Extension Agents 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.
Since 2004, WNC
AgOptions has awarded more than $2 million to 456 farmers. The program serves a
diverse array of farmers, including many noteworthy agritourism projects. WNC
AgOptions offers grants for farms in the following counties/units: Avery,
Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Eastern Band of Cherokee
Indians, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell,
Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
(This was copied directly from the Buncombe County Extension Center newsletter)
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