RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Counties and nonprofit groups interested in grants to foster farmland preservation projects have until December 17 to apply for funding from the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.
"The General Assembly appropriated $1.7 million annually to the trust fund in the 2011-13 state budget, and we are hopeful these appropriations will continue,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in a news release touting the funding. “Many communities across the state have developed voluntary agricultural districts because they recognize the importance of protecting farmland. We want to encourage more preservation efforts through the trust fund.”
The trust fund supports projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands to foster the growth, development and sustainability of family farms.
Grants can be awarded to:
- secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production
- support public and private enterprise programs that promote profitable and sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestland activities
- develop agricultural plans
Information is available at www.ncadfp.org or 919-707-3071.