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Extension offers grant opportunity for family farms

NC AgVentures, an NC State Extension program, provides grants to farmers and community groups for new and innovative agricultural project ideas that will increase farm profits. The program, which is supported by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, will award a minimum of 40 grants to independent family farms. This is a great opportunity for any producer who is thinking of diversifying, improving or expanding their operation.

Applications will be accepted from producers in the following counties: Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Forsyth,, Gaston, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Iredell, Johnson, Lincoln, Martin, Mecklenburg, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Person, Pitt, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Vance, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, Wilkes, Warren and Yadkin.

NC AgVentures will award grants up to $8,000. The application deadline is Dec. 18.

Online information workshops will be offered at 6 p.m. Oct. 21, Nov. 2, Nov. 19 and Dec. 1.

To register for an online workshop visit NC AgVentures at www.ncagventures.org.