Cost-share assistance offered to organic growers
Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or recertified through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2013, and Sept. 30, 2014, can apply for the program. The program will pay 75 percent of the cost of certification up to a total of $750.
Operations can be certified and reimbursed in four separate categories: crops, livestock, wild crop and handler/processor.
The program is for the 2013-2014 season and is funded through a $212,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read More>>
September is North Carolina Wine and Grape Month
September is North Carolina Wine and Grape Month, and events are planned across the state. You can also celebrate with fresh muscadine grapes, which are in season now.
“Whether it’s buying a pint of grapes at the farmers market, trying a new North Carolina wine at a restaurant or planning a trip to a North Carolina vineyard, I would encourage everyone to find a way to support the state’s wine and grape industry in September,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.
The state's wine and grape industry employs more than 7,600 people and has an economic impact of almost $1.3 billion. Read More>>