Category:  Press Releases

 

Projects show WNC farms’ potential for large volume production

2015 WNC AgOptions recipients include: Sylva vegetable farm expanding to 60 acres, including tracts in Asheville; 50-acre USDA Certified Organic farm in Cherokee County using innovative weed control tool; Boone ginseng grower with large-volume aspirations; and Marshall sheep dairy farmer unique to region. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 13, 2015 Contact: Jennifer Ferre, (828) 252-4783, […]

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2015 WNC AgOptions Grant Application

WNC Agricultural Options 2015 Application for Individual Farm Businesses Download the 2015 application here in WORD and PDF  Instructions for Applying  Thank you for your interest in the WNC Agricultural Options Program. WNC AgOptions builds sustainable farming communities in our mountain region by providing resources directly to farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations. Funded projects […]

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Applications for 2015 farm grants available

Guaranteed funding for farm grants for next two years WNC AgOptions intent to apply deadline Oct. 24, 2014; application deadline Nov. 21, 2014; Farmers can also apply in fall 2015. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday October 3, 2014 Contact: Jennifer Ferre, (828) 252-4783, admin@wncagoptions.org Or the local N.C. Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent  ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Western North Carolina farmers now have the […]

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WNC AgOptions 2014 Awardees Announced

WNC AgOptions 2014 award ceremony marks 10 year anniversary Grants for on-farm store for freezer beef; spader equipment that improves soil conditions; solar hot water system at new dairy Program Contact: Jennifer Ferre, (828) 252-4783, admin@wncagoptions.org; Or the local N.C. Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Media Contact: Megan Riley, (828) 333-4151, info@wncagoptions.org MILLS RIVER, N.C.—A program […]

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Applications for 2014 farm grants available

Grant opportunity for Western North Carolina farmers WNC AgOptions intent to apply deadline Nov. 1; application deadline Dec. 13 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Program Contact: Jennifer Ferre, (828) 252-4783, admin@wncagoptions.org; Or the local N.C. Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Media Contact: Megan Riley, (828) 333-4151, info@wncagoptions.org ASHEVILLE, N.C. — WNC Agricultural Options’ 10th […]

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Announcing 2013 WNC AgOptions Awardees

Grants boost farm profits, sustain businesses for future generations Projects include innovative hydroponic fodder system, micropropagation lab and no-till equipment FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 MILLS RIVER, NC — Western North Carolina farmers received $148,500 in WNC Agricultural Options grants to diversify their farm businesses in the 2013 growing season. The 28 grant […]

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Applications for 2013 grant cycle available

Grants help mountain region’s farms succeed WNC AgOptions intent to apply deadline Oct. 12; application deadline Nov. 16 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Program Contact: Jennifer Ferre, (828) 333-4277, admin@wncagoptions.org; Or the local N.C. Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Media Contact: Megan Riley, (828) 333-4151, info@wncagoptions.org MARSHALL — Mountain farms will soon benefit from […]

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2012 WNC AgOptions grantees build region’s diverse agriculture system

Recipients trying new production techniques, reaching consumers directly, and preserving multi-generational farms. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 26, 2012 MILLS RIVER, N.C. — Three farm groups and 23 farmers throughout Western North Carolina were awarded $150,000 in WNC Agricultural Options grants to increase profitability of their diverse farms. They celebrated yesterday at an event at […]

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WNC farmers featured in 2012 calendars

 Proceeds benefit program that aids mountain region’s diversifying farmers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 7, 2011 PROGRAM CONTACT: Jennifer Ferre, (828) 333-4277, admin@wncagoptions.org; MEDIA CONTACT: Megan Riley, (828) 333-4151, info@wncagoptions.org ASHEVILLE — The photographs and stories of more than fifty Western North Carolina farms are featured in a 2012 wall calendar that can be purchased at […]

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Applications available for 2012 WNC AgOptions farm grants

Intent to apply deadline November 16; Application deadline December 1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2011 Grant applicants should contact: Jennifer Ferre, (828) 333-4277, admin@wncagoptions.org; Or their local Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Media Contact: Megan Riley, (828) 333-4151, info@wncagoptions.org MARSHALL — WNC Agricultural Options will award a total of $150,000 to approximately 35 farm businesses […]

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