The program's purpose is to improve pasture management on private lands so that pastures are more resilient to future environmental challenges. Historic priorities 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.
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.
Current Program - Funds are secure to purchase of equipment such as no-till drills, broadcast seed spreaders, or weed wipers. County level demonstrations are designed to fit the needs of the livestock producers in that area, so consider checking out multiple demonstrations!
Participating Districts - Equipment
Participating Districts - Demonstrations
Grant funds 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.
SAVE THE DATES!
November 2 - Swain Conservation District Field Day Equestrian Pasture Management Workshop to be held at The Settlement at Thomas Divide, 470 McCraken Road, Bryson City from 4PM to 6PM. Click here for a workshop flier.
The event focuses on rotational grazing, forage optimization, pest / weed management, waste management and soil health. Register by calling 828.488.3848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to local soil and water conservation districts, project supporters and partners include NC Agriculture Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, Golden LEAF Foundation, NC Cattlemen's Association, NC Horse Council, NCSU's Amazing Grazing Program, Cooperative Extension, NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts & USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Check back later for local workshop details, or email email@example.com to be added to a distribution list. Contact your local soil and water conservation district for technical assistance and opportunities with other conservation funds.
The Foundation is accepting applications on a case by case basis Conservation Districts for on-farm pasture management demonstrations! Please review the guidance document for the application information.