NC AgVentures Offering Grant Opportunity


NC AgVentures, a NC Cooperative Extension program provides grants up to $10,000 to NC farmers for new and innovative agricultural project ideas that will increase farm profits.

NC AgVentures program, which is supported by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, will award a minimum of 20 grants to agriculturally dependent farm families. Applications will be accepted from farmers in: Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Rockingham, Yadkin, Guilford, Martin, Wilson, Pitt, Edgecombe, Nash, Sampson, Lenoir, Duplin, Wayne, Harnett, Greene, Johnston counties.

The application deadline is January 5, 2018.

For additional information contact your Extension agent or visit SFNToday dot com for a link

US Tobacco Cooperative Offering Settlement Funds

U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, Inc. (“U.S. Tobacco”), formerly known as Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation, has reached a $24 million Settlement to resolve claims made by current and former U.S. Tobacco members over reserve funds.  Tobacco growers across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama who were or are members of U.S. Tobacco, as well as their heirs or representatives, are eligible for a payment from the Settlement.

Individuals or businesses may be included if they are or were a shareholder or member of U.S. Tobacco from June 1, 1946, through the date the Settlement goes into effect, or an heir or legal representative. The Settlement stems from a lawsuit.

For information on how to make a claim, visit SFNToday dot com.

Claim forms are available at the website,, or by calling 1-866-458-3207.

USDA Offering $5 Million in Farm to School Grants

The Department of Agriculture is offering $5 million in grants to schools through the USDA Farm to School Program. The program has been awarding grants to schools and communities since 2013. Farm to School refers to efforts that bring locally or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias. Schools, Native American tribes, farmers and other organizations may be eligible to apply for up to $100,000 for planning, implementing or training on farm to school programs. Applications are due by December 8th, 2017. Visit SFN Today dot com for a link to the application.

Application information is available online at

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.