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NASHVILLE — AgCarolina Farm Credit has announced $29,400 in grants have been extended to a dozen organizations — including Nash County 4-H — through its corporate giving program.
The grants will aid recipients in carrying out programs specifically benefiting farmers and rural residents in eastern North Carolina. In Nash County, 4-H leaders will use the funds to purchase 10 portable interlocking hog and small ruminant pens to be housed at the East Carolina Agriculture and Education Center in Rocky Mount.
“The AgCarolina corporate giving fund has awarded over $440,000 in grant funds to benefit the rural and agricultural communities of our eastern North Carolina service area since 2005. AgCarolina is committed to partnering with organizations to enhance the quality of life and opportunities for rural residents of eastern North Carolina,” said association CEO Dave Corum.
Grants up to $5,000 per organization were awarded during a recent reception held at Rose Hill Plantation outside Nashville. The awards were divided into four focus areas: education, environment, technology and quality of rural life.
In addition to the Nash County 4-H award, the Southern Nash High School Future Farmers of America chapter received grant funding to upgrade greenhouse heaters in two greenhouses on campus for horticulture students. Ten other organizations, many of them high school FFA chapters, also received AgCarolina grants.
A farmer-owned financial cooperative with headquarters in Raleigh, AgCarolina Farm Credit bills itself as the leading provider of credit to farmers in central and eastern North Carolina.