An information session on NC AgVentures, which provides grants to North Carolina farmers and community groups for new and innovative agricultural project ideas that increase profits, is from 4–5 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilkes Cooperative Extension office in Wilkesboro.

People planning to attend are asked to fill out a registration form, available online at wilkes.ces.ncsu.edu or by calling the Wilkes Extension office at 336-651-7333. The office is in the Wilkes Agricultural Center at 416 Executive Drive, Wilkesboro.

This information session is for farmers in Wilkes, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Iredell, Surry, Yadkin and 39 other counties (Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Forsyth,, Gaston, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Johnson, Lincoln, Martin, Mecklenburg, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Person, Pitt, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Wayne, Wilson and Warren). 

NC AgVentures, supported by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, will award a minimum of 40 grants of up to $8,000 each to independent family farms. “This is a great opportunity for producers thinking of diversifying, improving or expanding their operations,” said an extension spokesman. 

The grant application deadline is 7 p.m. Jan. 14. 

For more details, contact Eli Snyder, Wilkes horticulture extension agent, at 336-651-7333 or go to www.ncagventures.org.

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