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.
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.
The Foundation is accepting applications from Conservation Districts for on-farm pasture management demonstrations!
The deadline to submit an application is midnight June 29. Please review the guidance document for the application information. A Q&A session will be scheduled later in May.
Check back later for local workshop details, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a distribution list. Contact your local soil and water conservation district for technical assistance and opportunities with other conservation funds.