Today’s Topic: Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund awards grants totaling more than $2 million

by | Jul 31, 2012

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Southern Farm Network logoThe Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded more than $2 million to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises.
The trust fund was able to assist 20 projects with funding this year.

These projects include three agricultural plans, seven agricultural development projects and 10 perpetual conservation easements. The estimated total economic impact of the projects is $11.6 million across 40 counties.

The grants awarded by the trust fund this year will help conservation groups protect an additional 900 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.

Click below to listen to the Commissioner and Rhonda discuss these grants. To see a list of the recipients, click here.

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