Western North Carolina farmers are gaining much-needed support in diversifying or expanding their operations this year, helping some grow to a whole new level. WNC Agricultural Options presented 31 farm businesses a total of $168,000 in grants recently at an event at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. Six of the farm businesses received $3,000, and 25 received $6,000.
The N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is the exclusive financial supporter of WNC AgOptions, which helps farmers offset the risk of trying new ventures.
"Western North Carolina farmers are very resourceful and have proven time and time again that these grants can make a significant impact on their farming operations," said Bill Teague, Chairman of the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.