2019 AgOptions Grant Cycle Now Open – Watauga Information Meeting Thursday, October 18, 2018

Posted On October 11, 2018— Written By and last updated by

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Agricultural producers in the region hoping to expand or diversify operations on their farms are encouraged to consider applying for a WNC AgOptions Grant, speak with their local N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents about proposal ideas, and attend the Grant Information Meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This meeting will take place at the Watauga Agricultural Conference Center, located at 252 Poplar Grove Rd. in Boone.

Thanks to support from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund, WNC AgOptions will be offering $3000 and $6000 cost-share grants to individual farm businesses, with $216,000 available to spread across 22 counties during 2019. The 2019 application is available for download on the WNC AgOptions website.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Agents have found that applicants who attend these sessions have an easier time completing the application and submit higher quality applications. Any farmer who is interested in applying for a WNC AgOptions grant should attend this October 18 meeting.

The official “Intent to Apply” deadline for this year’s AgOptions grants is Friday, October 19, 2018. Interested applicants should contact their County Ag Agent by phone, email, or in-person by this date to set up an appointment to discuss their project ideas.

Applications are due at the WNC Communities office by Monday, November 19, 2018, at 5 p.m. For more information about the grant or meeting, call the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Watauga County at 828-264-3061.