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Farm innovation grant applications due Friday

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The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University is currently accepting applications to strengthen agriculturally dependent families and communities by providing support and funding directly to North Carolina farm operators who have innovative plans to diversify, expand or implement new entrepreneurial plans in their operations or communities.

N.C. AgVentures is a grant program that encourages agricultural innovation through using resources in a new way, experimenting with an unusual solution to resolve an old problem, repurposing old tools and equipment, adapting new technology to reduce labor or expand production to enhance farming operation.

The grant opportunity is available in Nash, Duplin, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Pitt, Rockingham, Sampson, Stokes, Surry, Wayne, Wilson and Yadkin counties.

Funding for N.C. AgVentures is supported exclusively by a grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, which was created to assist current and former tobacco farmers, former quota holders, people engaged in tobacco-related businesses, individuals displaced from tobacco-related employment and tobacco product component businesses in North Carolina that have been affected by the adverse effects of the Master Settlement Agreement, a 1998 multibillion-dollar settlement between 46 states, including North Carolina, and four of the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturers.

Applications will be accepted through Friday. To request an application form, email your name, farm address, county and the name of your local North Carolina extension agent to program coordinator Jackie Miller at jackie_miller@ncsu.edu.