Release date: 12/18/2017
AgCarolina Farm Credit announces $33,915 in grants have been extended to eleven organizations through their corporate-giving program, the Fund for Rural North Carolina.
Raleigh, NC - AgCarolina Farm Credit announces $33,915 in grants have been extended to eleven organizations through their corporate-giving program, the Fund for Rural North Carolina. The grants will aid recipients in carrying out programs specifically benefiting farmers and rural residents in eastern North Carolina.
Grants up to $5,000 per organization were awarded at a reception held at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, NC in one of the four focus areas of Education, Environment, Technology, or Quality of Rural Life to the following organizations:
· Albemarle Area 4-H Livestock – Funds for 10 swine pens for more space for exhibitors and livestock.
· Area IV Envirothon – Funds to present medals, food, shirts, and supplies to participating middle and high school students.
· Food Bank of the Albemarle – Purchase an electric pallet jack to pick up and distribute produce donated by local farmers.
· Halifax County Cooperative Extension – Create a safe livestock working facility to provide resources and education to livestock farmers and youth.
· Hyde Soil & Water Conservation District – HYDE (Helping Youth Discover Everyday) Enviroscape will enable students to learn about importance of water quality and reducing sediment runoff.
· Lenoir County Cooperative Extension – Purchase ready to use and interactive learning kits focusing on different species of animals for youth education.
· Martin Soil & Water Conservation District – Purchase an enviroscape to demonstrate how water travels through a watershed.
· Northampton County 4-H Youth Livestock Program – Repairs to the facility for livestock show and sale.
· Norwayne Middle School STEM Lab – Purchase a FarmBot Genesis, an open source CNC farming machine capable of being programmed to plant seeds, test soil, water crops, and remove weeds.
· SATELLITE – Fund housing costs during camp at NC State University.
· Southern Nash High School Agriculture Department – Grow fresh produce in a high tunnel greenhouse structure on campus.
Association CEO Dave Corum states, “The Fund for Rural North Carolina has awarded over $379,000 in grant funds to benefit the rural and agricultural communities of the AgCarolina Farm Credit service area since 2005. AgCarolina is committed to partnering with organizations to enhance the quality of life and opportunities for rural residents of eastern North Carolina.”
AgCarolina Farm Credit is a farmer owned financial cooperative with headquarters in Raleigh. They are the leading provider of credit to farmers in central and eastern North Carolina. AgCarolina Farm Credit has over $1.4 billion in loans and commitments outstanding to nearly 3,000 North Carolina farmers. Loans are made to finance land, homes, farm buildings, operating expenses, livestock and equipment, as well as other purposes. Credit life insurance, appraisal services, and leasing are also available through AgCarolina Farm Credit.