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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 will be adding a facility to store bulk feed for their calving operation. Currently, they are feeding from 50 … View >>

2020 Recipient: Gerald Rathbone

Gerald Rathbone Feed Bin for Lamb Operation Grant Award: $3,000 Having grown up on a tobacco and dairy farm, Gerald has been farming his entire life. His successful sheep operation brings in an average of $16,000 a year and has … 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: 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 >>

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 >>

2018 Recipient: Goforth Livestock

Charles Edward “Trip” Goforth, Goforth Livestock Improving Beef Profits with TMR Feeding Grant Award: $6,000 Trip Goforth purchased a specialized piece of feeding equipment—a vertical mixer or TMR (Total Mixes Ration) mixer for his 40-head cow/calf beef operation. Trip currently … View >>

2018 Recipient: Postell Hollow Farm

Josh and Brooke Postell, Postell Hollow Farm Economical Sheep Feeding Area Grant Award: $3,000 Building on a successful 2017 WNC AgOptions grant to build a sheep working/handling facility, the Postells have turned an existing slant shed into a cost saving … View >>

2017 Recipient: Bradley Farms

Aaron and Nicole Bradley, Bradley Farms Pastured Pig Feeding System Grant Award: $6,000 Aaron and Nicole purchased a Feed Train mobile grain bin with a gasoline powered hydraulic auger to feed their 70 pastured pigs. Mechanizing the feeding of their … View >>

2017 Recipient: S.D. Morgan Farms

Shannon Morgan, S.D. Morgan Farms Brewer’s Grain: It’s More Than Just Beer Grant Award: $6,000 Shannon purchased a large dump trailer to haul wet spent grain from Greenman Brewing of Asheville to feed to his cattle. He has used Greenman’s … View >>

2015 Recipient: Bumgarner Farms

Bryan Bumgarner, Bumgarner Farms Feed Facility Grant Award: $6,000 Bryan has built a facility to process cattle and hog feed, which he produces for his own livestock as well as sells to other farms and livestock feed stores. The fully … View >>

2013 Recipient: Tester Dairy Farm

Thomas and Margaret Tester and Jessica Lawrence, Tester Dairy Farm Hydroponic Fodder System Grant Award: $6,000 Tester Dairy Farm in Watauga County is creating a hydroponic fodder system, which grows barley, rye and wheat from seed to sprouts in eight … View >>

2013 Recipient: Ward Farm

Joe Ward, Ward Farm Customized Kinze Row Planting System Grant Award: $6,000 Joe is purchasing customized no-till row planting equipment that enables him to plant and grow no-till corn so he can expand into local food and livestock feed markets. … View >>