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2021 Recipient: S.D. Morgan Farms

Shannon Morgan, S.D. Morgan Farms Hay Accumulator and Hay Grapple Grant Award: $6,000 To meet the enormous challenge of putting up the more than 5,000 square hay bales Shannon produces each season, he plans to buy a hay accumulator and … View >>

2021 Recipient: John Queen Farms

John Queen III, John Queen Farms Hydraulic Squeeze Chute and Digital Scales for Heifer Development Grant Award: $6,000 John runs a stocker operation on his fourth-generation family farm, grazing about 500 head of cattle annually. He plans to purchase a … View >>

2021 Recipient: Smart Farm

Donald Smart, Smart Farm Hay Loader for Beef Cattle Operation Grant Award: $3,000 Don is establishing approximately eight acres of trellised slicer & pickling cucumbers, further diversifying his tobacco and tomato farm. With the purchase of an air blast sprayer, … View >>

2021 Recipient: Jackson Farm

Marc Jackson, Jackson Farm Beef Working and Feeding Facility Grant Award: $6,000 To facilitate the success of a rotational grazing system he is initiating in partnership with a Tennessee grower, Marc intends to build a working and loading facility where … View >>

2020 Recipient: Lee Farms

Larry and Brandon Lee, Lee Farms Bulk Feed Storage Grant Award: $6,000 In order to save money and time, Lee Farms has added a facility to store bulk feed for their calving operation. Previously, they were feeding from 50 pound … View >>

2020 Recipient: Mardet Family Farms

Linda Laine, Mardet Family Farm LLC Infrastructure for Vegetable Production Grant Award: $6,000 Linda added critical irrigation infrastructure to her farm, which consists of two separate parcels of land totaling 23 acres. Previously, a one-acre parcel had a well, but … View >>

2020 Recipient: Seagle Livestock

Todd Seagle, Seagle Livestock Handling Facility for Spent Brewers Grain Grant Award: $6,000 Since the first craft brewery opened in Macon County in 2015, Todd has been taking advantage of the spent brewers grain to feed his cattle. He is … View >>

2020 Recipient: Colfax Creek Farm

Nicole and Aaron Bradley, Colfax Creek Farm Walk-in Freezer Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 With the help of a 2017 AgOptions grant, Colfax Creek Farm has been very successful in the past few years and has expanded to supply eight restaurants, … View >>

2020 Recipient: Ridgetop Farm

Scott Brown, Ridgetop Farm Spent Grain Dump Trailer Grant Award: $6,000 Starting in 2011, Scott began feeding his cattle spent brewers grain which led to finishing out cattle to supply meat to local restaurants in the Asheville area. As demand … View >>

2020 Recipient: Longview Farm

Roy Joseph Bledsoe, Longview Farm Improvements to Cattle Business Grant Award: $6,000 A former tobacco farmer who stopped growing tobacco in 2004, Mr. Bledsoe has been concentrating on selling cattle and is looking to improve practices on the farm. With … View >>

2020 Recipient: Braswell Farms

William Dennis Braswell, Braswell Farms Cattle Handling Facilities Enhancements Grant Award: $3,000 Since he stopped growing tobacco in 2004, Mr. Braswell has been working to increase his cattle business by steadily growing his herd of Black Angus. To increase efficiency … View >>

2019 Recipient: S.D. Morgan Farms

Shannon Morgan, S.D. Morgan Farms Less Sediment and More Seed Grant Award: $6,000 Shannon Morgan purchased a no-till seed drill for his hay and beef operation. The specialized no-till seed drill is an efficient way to improve the nutrients of … View >>

2019 Recipient: Rice Family Farms

Beauford Rice, Rice Family Farms Portable Corral Grant Award: $6,000 With the addition of a Rawhide portable corral system, Rice Family Farms now has the needed equipment to safely and efficiently work their cattle. Since their cattle are located on … View >>