STATESVILLE, NC – Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (Watauga County) was recently awarded a grant through Carolina Farm Credit’s Corporate Mission Fund. Grant funds will help the group buy a large glass front refrigerator, two stainless steel tables, and organizing bins, which will allow farmers to store and sell their products through the Food Hub’s online market.
Last year marked the fourth year Carolina Farm Credit awarded Corporate Mission Fund grants. Nearly 100 grant applications were received for the 2018 program, and awards were granted in the last quarter. $152,100 was awarded to 28 local organizations and 12 college students.
“Our Corporate Mission Fund is another way that Carolina Farm Credit strives to enhance agriculture and the rural communities in North Carolina.” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit, “These grants help provide funding for many great organizations across our territory.”
The Corporate Mission Fund operates on an application-based grant system. Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per year to help in their endeavors to promote agriculture, as well as stimulate the local agricultural economy in the western half of North Carolina. Grant applications will be accepted from January 1 to July 31, 2019. Project proposals will be reviewed and grants will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2019. To qualify for a grant, organizations must be located within the 54 counties and geographic area where Carolina Farm Credit conducts business. For more information and to apply, please visit the Carolina Farm Credit Corporate Mission Fund page.
To read about all of last year’s grant recipients visit carolinafarmcredit.com.
Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 32 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs, and financial planning.
For more than 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.
Carolina Farm Credit serves over 10,000 members with loans outstanding totaling more than $1.5 billion. The association’s territory covers the western half of North Carolina, with branch offices located in Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Browns Summit, Burnsville, Carthage, Concord, Conover, Ellerbe, Graham, Hendersonville, Jefferson, Lenoir, Lexington, Lincolnton, Monroe, Murphy, Pilot Mountain, Roxboro, Rural Hall, Salisbury, Shelby, Siler City, Sparta, Spindale, Statesville, Taylorsville, Waynesville, Wilkesboro, Yadkinville, and Yanceyville.
Directors for Carolina Farm Credit are W. Rex Bell, Chairman, Statesville, David M. Coltrane, Vice-Chairman, Pleasant Garden; John M. Barnard, Statesville; E. Bernard Beck, Seagrove; Mark A. Bray, Lawsonville; Susie J. Gambill, Sparta; Joseph A. Lail, Shelby; Clark M. Newlin, Haw River; Thomas E. Porter, Jr., Concord; Eric McPherson, Snow Camp; D. Kaleb Rathbone, Waynesville; Lewis E. Smith, Lincolnton; Vickie N. Smitherman, East Bend; L. Kim Starnes, Salisbury; Dr. Alton Thompson, Summerfield.
****Pictured from left to right: Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Representative (unsure of her name), Jocelyn Roten – Carolina Farm Credit, Marketing Coordinator, Courtney Baines – Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Executive Director, Daniel Brown – Carolina Farm Credit Ag Consumer Loan Officer