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AgCarolina awards $33,000 in grants

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AgCarolina Farm Credit recently awarded $33,000 in grants to 15 organizations during a reception at Rose Hill Conference Center in Nashville.

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From Contributed Reports

Monday, December 17, 2018

AgCarolina Farm Credit recently awarded $33,000 in grants to 15 organizations through its corporate-giving program, the Fund for Rural North Carolina.

The grants will aid recipients in carrying out programs specifically benefiting farmers and rural residents in eastern North Carolina.

“The Fund for Rural North Carolina has awarded over $412,000 in grant funds to benefit the rural and agricultural communities of the AgCarolina Farm Credit service area since 2005” AgCarolina President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Corum said. “AgCarolina is committed to partnering with organizations to enhance the quality of life and opportunities for rural residents of eastern North Carolina.”

Grants up to $5,000 per organization were awarded during a reception at Rose Hill Conference Center in Nashville in one of the four focus areas of Education, Environment, Technology or Quality of Rural Life to the following organizations:

Athens Drive Magnet High School Ag Science Program — Bed warmers and hydroponics for greenhouse to expand the offerings of the ag science program

Ayden Middle School — Complete vertical garden project for STEM class

Bertie County 4-H — Moveable pens for goats

Charles B. Aycock High School FFA — Air drying system for CNC plasma cutting system and other equipment

Corinth Holders High School FFA — Equipment to continue livestock show team, and benefit the ag students

D.H. Conley High School Agriscience Program / FFA — Storage area for agriscience program supplies and building material to rebuild chicken coops

Dream Hunt & Fish Program — Build a shelter for educational trailers and funds for new Adventure Camp program

Heritage High School FFA — Animal facilities and veterinary program equipment

Johnston County Cooperative Extension — Expand “Fit to Farm” curriculum to improve the health and quality of life for farmers and farm families

Johnston County Public Schools (Selma Middle) — Construction of a greenhouse

Lenoir County Cooperative Extension — Trailer to haul cattle working equipment

Perquimans County Schools Foundation Inc. — Fund field trip for all exceptional children to attend the Annual Livestock Show & Sale in Elizabeth City

Ridgecroft School — Fund for materials to build raised garden beds to expand student learning opportunities

Washington County 4-H — Equipment for 4-H Embryology school enrichment program and new lighting for livestock barn

Wilson County 4-H — 15 incubators and 15 automatic egg turners and related supplies for the local embryology program.

AgCarolina Farm Credit is a farmer owned financial cooperative with headquarters in Raleigh. It is the leading provider of credit to farmers in central and eastern North Carolina. AgCarolina Farm Credit has over $1.4 billion in loans and commitments outstanding to nearly 3,000 North Carolina farmers.

Loans are made to finance land, homes, farm buildings, operating expenses, livestock and equipment as well as other purposes. Credit life insurance, appraisal services and leasing are also available through AgCarolina Farm Credit.

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