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Update!! An information session about WNC AgOptions will be held on October 3, 6 p.m., Extension Conference Room, 2nd Floor, County Admininstration Building, 60 East Court St, Marion. Please come learn about this grant opportunity from Jennifer Ferre, Program Coordinator.

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $229,000 to western North Carolina farmers in 2018. The application deadline is Nov. 17. WNC AgOptions helps offset farmers’ risk of trying new ventures and expanding their farms with $3,000 and $6,000 grants.

Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension agents by Oct. 13 to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. Applications are available at or at local Cooperative Extension centers.

WNC AgOptionsoffers grants to farmers in the following counties/units: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey counties as well as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Applicants are encouraged to attend information sessions, which will be held throughout the region through September & October. Check the WNC AgOptions website for dates and locations of other upcoming sessions,or call the Extension office at 828-652-8104.