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2016 WNC AgOptions recipients announced

Diversifying farmers in western North Carolina are receiving support to offset the risk of expanding and trying new ventures. WNC Agricultural Options awarded 33 farm businesses a total of $177,000 in $3,000 and $6,000 grants on Thursday at the Mountain … View >>

2015 Farm Grants

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. 2015 WNC AgOptions recipients include: Sylva vegetable farm expanding to 60 acres, including tracts in Asheville; … View >>

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 … View >>

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 … View >>

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. … View >>

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 … View >>

Media Resources

  AgOptions 2006 Economic Impact Study Primary data for this analysis was derived from original grant requests, site visits, telephone and email communication, and a three page survey administered in the late winter and early spring of 2006. Surveys on … View >>

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 … View >>

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 … View >>

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 … View >>