Improve pasture management techniques on private lands so that pastures are more drought resistant and more established on marginal lands. A special emphasis is placed on assisting former tobacco farms shifting to an alternative farming system.
Over $545,000 in grant funds have been 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.
To date, 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.
No applications are being accepted at this time. Contact your local soil and water conservation district for technical assistance and opportunities with other conservation funds.