2016 WNC Agricultural Options Grant Application

— Written By Norma Chrisawn

Grants for diversifying farmers now available. WNC AgOptions intent to apply deadline Oct. 16; Application deadline Nov. 13.

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 $178,000 to western North Carolina farmers in 2016. The application deadline is November 13.

WNC AgOptions helps offset farmers’ risk of trying new ventures 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.

The Commission has supported the mountain region throughout major changes in agriculture, ensuring farmers continue farming. “Farmers in western North Carolina have proven time and time again that they are very innovative, resourceful and creative in how they produce and market their products,” said Bill Teague, Chairman of the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. “Our board is committed to the success of farmers in the targeted counties and we know these grants will encourage many successful projects.”

Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension Agent by Oct. 16 to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. Applications are available at www.wncagoptions.org or at the Yancey County Cooperative Extension Center, 10 Orchard Drive, Burnsville, NC. Extension Agents remain a resource for farmers throughout the year as they complete their projects. The Application can also be downloaded by clicking the following links:  Application (Word doc) or Application (PDF).

Contact: Jennifer Ferre, (828) 252-4783, admin@wncagoptions.org; Or Stanley Holloway, N.C. Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent.