The program's purpose is to improve pasture management techniques on private lands so that pastures are more drought resistant. Historic focuses included strengthening pastures on marginal lands and serving farmers phasing out tobacco production. Phase I was delivered during the 2008 drought. Phase II is underway and is in response to the 2016 drought.
Phase I - Over $545,000 in funds was provided by the Altria Group, the Golden Leaf Foundation, the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, and the Council of State / NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Phase II - Funds are secure to purchase 10 to 15 pieces of equipment such as no-till drills, broadcast seed spreaders, or weed wipers.
Participating Districts - Equipment
Phase I - grant funds have purchased 35 no-till drills for local soil and water conservation districts and over 50 acres of native warm season grass demonstration plots were established. The Foundation also sponsored statewide pasture management workshops.
The Foundation will release a request for applications for the demonstration projects soon! Check back later or watch the District Listserve for an announcement.
Contact your local soil and water conservation district for technical assistance and opportunities with other conservation funds.