NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission awards over $4 million in grants

From NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services:

The N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (N.C. TTFC) awarded over $4 million through 23 grants for agricultural and economic initiatives across the state. These grants place a high priority on projects that stimulate the agricultural economy, train current and future farmers and help farmers execute innovative ideas.

“Through these grants, our Commission has been able to fund a diverse group of projects that will benefit farmers in every corner of the state, whether they produce livestock, row crops or any number of other commodities in North Carolina.” said Bill Teague, Chairman of the N.C. TTFC.

The $4 million supports projects that assist counties with facility enhancements, universities with research and educational opportunities, commodity groups with marketing and farmers with operations improvements and diversification.

Six of the awarded projects are to improve agricultural programs and facilities at high school, community colleges and universities. Another project partners with the city of Sanford to build kitchen space and equipment at the new farmer’s market.

In addition to these grants, the N.C. TTFC has renewed its partnership with the WNC Communities – AgOptions program. This program’s purpose is to provide small grants directly to on-farm projects that support increasing farm profitability.

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