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
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 Improving Pastures Demonstration Application is live! Click here to access a guidance document.
Check back later for local workshop details. Contact your local soil and water conservation district for technical assistance and opportunities with other conservation funds.