Category:  Press Release Archive

 

2009 WNC AgOptions Awardees Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2009 Contact: Megan Riley, WNC AgOptions, (828) 333-4151, info@wncagoptions.org or your local Cooperative Extension Center. Media Packet 2009 WNC AgOptions Awardees Announced Farmers diversify farms, try local markets to remain viable MARSHALL — Nearly 50 farmers in the mountain region recently received funding totaling $225,000 from Western North Carolina Agricultural […]

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WNC AgOptions announces 2010 funding cycle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2009 Contact: Megan Riley, WNC AgOptions, (828) 333-4151, info@wncagoptions.org or your local Cooperative Extension Center.     WNC AgOptions Announces 2010 Funding Cycle Mountain farmers eligible for funds to diversify operations Grants totaling $225,000 are available to western North Carolina farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations in 2010. […]

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2009 Media Packet

Media Packet FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2009 Contact: Megan Riley, WNC AgOptions, (828) 333-4151, info@wncagoptions.org or your local Cooperative Extension Center. 2009 WNC AgOptions Awardees Announced Farmers Diversify Farms, Try Local Markets to Remain Viable MARSHALL — Nearly 50 farmers in the mountain region recently received funding totaling $225,000 from Western North Carolina Agricultural […]

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Media: 2008 WNC AgOptions awards announced

Area Farmers Get Grants for New Ventures Release date: March 17, 2008 The Western North Carolina Agricultural Options Program recently awarded $5,000 to 23 area farmers and $2,500 to 14 farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations. The grants offer incentive for farmers to try new ventures — encouraging the sustainability of their operation, […]

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Media: 2008 Western NC Farmers Eligible for Funds

Monday, September 29, 2008 Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Awards totaling $675,000 over a three-year period will be granted to western NC farmers. The grant will be provided by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, which will partner with Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) and the WNC Agricultural Options program to accept applications and monitor the […]

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Media: 2008 Central Mountains

Central Mountains "My husband Isaiah and I want to move from being part-time to full-time farmers," said Annie Perkinson, co-owner of Buncombe County’s Flying Cloud Farm, which has grown steadily since 2000. "That means extending the season so we can have a year-round income." Perkinson will use the shared-use commercial kitchen equipment of Blue Ridge […]

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Media: 2008 High Country

High Country 2008 is the second year that Scott Paquin, owner of Firefly Farm in Yancey County, has received an AgOptions grant. In 2006 he broadly diversified his organic vegetable farm with the grant. This year, he will be adding natural grass-fed beef cattle to his operation, including raising a heritage breed of cattle, Devon, […]

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Media: 2008 Western Counties

Western Counties In Haywood County, John and Lisa Leatherwood will add rhododendrons to their tomato and cattle farm. Rhodos are new to the Leatherwoods and can be an expensive operation to start. But vegetables do not always have as secure of a market as vegetation for landscaping, John Leatherwood said. He hopes rhododendron sales will […]

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2008 Workshops

WNC Whole-Farm Planning Workshop – February 2008 WNC AgOptions/USDA-RMA Community Outreach Program AgVenture Feasibility, Risky Business and Agribusiness Planning 101 What will your farm be like in 5 years? 10 years? 25 years? Attend educational agricultural-business workshop on February 15th, February 18th or February 19th, 2008. Those applying and chosen for the $5,000 grants will […]

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2005 Workshops

2005 Marketing Opportunities for Farmers Workshops The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency, hosted the 2005 Marketing Opportunities for Farmers Conference. Workshops were for current farmers or those interested in farming who wanted to learn a variety of ways to effectively market their products. Workshop sessions included everything […]

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