The N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund recently awarded more than $2 million to help communities across the state protect farmland and promote agricultural enterprises, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced on Friday.
The trust fund awards will support three agricultural plans, seven agricultural development projects and 10 perpetual conservation easements. More than 900 acres of farmland will be protected by these grants, and the total economic impact of all grants is estimated at more than $11.6 million across 40 counties.
Wayne County received the following awards.
- The N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation received a grant of $100,000 to assist with creating a 30-year landowner agreement program for the preservation of working farms and forests under military training routes in the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Onslow, Pamlico, Sampson and Wake.
- North Carolina’s Eastern Region received $12,000 to assist with an agricultural mapping and analysis project for the upcoming PlanIT East Envision-2050 Conference in Trenton, N.C., in October. The project will focus on Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender and Wayne counties.
- Operation Spring Plant was awarded a grant of $36,000 for equipment to increase capacity for processing bio-fuels. The project will involve farmers from Granville, Halifax, Johnston, Orange and Wayne counties.
The trust fund’s purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands while fostering the growth, development and sustainability of family farms. For more information, go to www.ncadfp.org.
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