Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
This week, Rhonda and Commissioner Troxler discuss grants totaling $1.8 million that the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises.
The grants will help support 19 projects benefiting 36 North Carolina counties. The grants will help conservation groups protect an additional 740 acres of farm and forest land in North Carolina through conservation easements. Trust fund grants will also help several counties develop farmland protection plans or beef up their Voluntary Agricultural District programs. In addition, the trust fund awarded a grant to help purchase livestock handling equipment for the proposed southeastern regional area livestock handling and marketing facility.
A complete list of the grant recipients is available here.
Click below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss these grants and also learn about the military’s interest in farmland preservation.
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