These funds are another aspect of the commitment to the areas AgCarolina Farm Credit serves.
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Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) December 17, 2015
AgCarolina Farm Credit announces over $31,000 in grants have been extended to sixteen organizations through the 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.
Grants up to $3,000 per organization were awarded at a reception held at Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville, NC in one of the four focus areas of Education, Environment, Technology, or Quality of Rural Life to the following organizations:
- Bakertown Volunteer Fire Department - Funds for pagers and turnout gear.
- Camden Middle School FFA - Funds for students to become involved in FFA program by paying state and national dues for all students.
- Corinth Holders High School FFA - Funds to continue livestock show team by purchasing materials for use at the on-campus barn facility for students to have hands-on learning for the growing animal science enrollment.
- Dream Hunt and Fish Program - Funds to upgrade mobile Wildlife Education trailer
- ECU – NC Agromedicine Institute – Funds for educational opportunity for 200 FFA students in AgCarolina area to learn about safety on farms.
- Food Bank of the Albemarle - Assistance to pay for transportation, handling, and processing costs associated with Hunter for the Hungry program.
- Kinston High School Agriculture - Funds to purchase and install a hydroponic system to grow leaf lettuce, providing hands-on experience for students to apply concepts that will help them better understand agriculture.
- Lenoir County Cooperative Extension - Funds to purchase equipment available for producers to borrow, including a livestock trailer, portable head gate, portable scales, and a portable corral system.
- Martin County 4-H - Aid for the livestock program to provide updates to the show with better and safer facilities to house animals.
- Martin County 4-H – Funds to purchase 4-H classroom curriculum to teach youth about the importance of agriculture in their lives.
- Millbrook FFA Alumni - Expanding the production of edible plants and the growing facilities by adding a hydroponics growing system to allow hands-on experience for students.
- Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program - Funding of scholarships to support lesson fees for financially needy prospective riding students. Organization supports children and adults with physical, cognitive, and psychological disabilities.
- South Granville High School FFA - Funds for a small barn facility to enhance the livestock component of the curriculum and for career development training and practice.
- Southern Nash FFA - Funds to attend the NC FFA MEGA Conference
- Tobacco Farm Life Museum - Funds to purchase a tour guide audio system to improve the educational experience for visitors taking part in the guided group tours.
- Trenton Volunteer Fire Department - Funds to purchase two mobile radios.
Association CEO Dave Corum states, “The Fund for Rural North Carolina has been in place since 2005. Through this Fund, AgCarolina Farm Credit has impacted a broad spectrum of organizations by awarding over $300,000 to benefit the local rural and agricultural communities of Eastern North Carolina. These funds are another aspect of the commitment to the areas AgCarolina Farm Credit serves.”
AgCarolina Farm Credit is a farmer owned financial cooperative with headquarters in Raleigh. AgCarolina 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, crop insurance, appraisal services, and leasing are also available through AgCarolina Farm Credit.