2013 Grant Recipients
2012 Grant Recipients
2011 Grant Recipients
2010 Grant Recipients
2009 Grant Recipients
2008 Grant Recipients
2007 Grant Recipients
2006 Grant Recipients
2005 Grant Recipients
2004 Grant Recipients
2003 Grant Recipients
2002 Grant Recipients
2001 Grant Recipients

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A Six-Year Retrospective

The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is pleased to present this Six-Year Retrospective featuring 33 successful projects funded by the commission from 2001 to 2007.We believe this publication will help North Carolinians - including elected representatives, community leaders and the general public - more fully understand the role the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is playing to secure a better future for those citizens adversely affected by the decline of tobacco-related income and employment.

Grants - 2005 Recipients

Project: Helping NC's Farmers in Transition from Tobacco Production Improve Water Quality While Protecting Natural Resources for the Public

Contact: Cecil Settle
NC Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation, Inc.
2012 Lodestar Drive
Raleigh, NC 27615-2519
(919) 873-2158

Grant Amount: $150,000

Summary: Project will provide cost share assistance (up to 75%) to farmers, transitioning from tobacco production or diversifying to additional income producing agricultural enterprises, for installing BMP's that prevent sediment, nutrients, or other pollutants from entering streams within the boundaries of their farms.

Area Served: Statewide

Project: Sustaining Working Farms Through Conservation

Contact: Reid Wilson
Conservation Trust for NC
PO Box 33333
Raleigh, NC 27636
(919) 828-4199

Grant Amount: $200,000

Summary: Project will build on the ongoing work of North Carolina Land Trusts to contact tobacco farmers and buyout participants to make them more aware of conservation easements as a tool to protect their farms, keep them in farming, and provide tax incentives and other economic benefits. The project will use the results of outreach activities for Phases One and Two and the Farmland Conservation Plan (FCP) developed through May 2005 “Tobacco Buyout Farmland Conservation Planning” grant.

Area Served: Statewide


Project: Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Project

Contact: Jason Roehrig
Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
PO Box 640
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-1396

Grant Amount: $300,000

Summary: Project will generate up to 15 cost-share initiatives in 22 counties in order to enable individual tobacco growers to test farm-based initiatives to supplement or replace tobacco income. In addition, these initiatives will help develop the rural workforce by assisting growers in acquiring skills to redirect scarce resources into viable agricultural businesses.

Area Served: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Craven, Davidson, Duplin, Franklin, Granville, Iredell, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Person, Robeson, Rockingham, Sampson, Stokes, Surry, Vance, Warren


Project: Western North Carolina Agricultural Options Demonstration Program

Contact: Erin Jasin
HandMade in America / NC Cooperative Extension West District
94 Coxe Ave.
Asheville, NC 28802
(828) 255-5522

Grant Amount: $250,000

Summary: Project will assist farm operations to diversify and expand in order to generate new sustainable economic growth in Western NC. Project will provide seed money to aide western NC farmers with crop diversification and/or agri-tourism and help with financial aid, education, training and marketing.

Area Served: Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, Yancey, Graham, Avery, Cherokee, Cherokee Reservation, Clay, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga


Project: Regional Water Supply System

Contact: Wayne Malone
Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority
PO Box 6277
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 522-2567

Grant Amount: $172,543

Summary: Project will design a surface water treatment plant and distribution system to preserve capacity of ground water sources in Lenoir and Pitt counties. Project will protect and create jobs in water-dependent enterprises and help maintain and improve sales in the agricultural sector.

Area Served: Central Coastal Plain

Project: Management of Pierce's Disease of Grapes in the Piedmont of NC

Contact: Turner Sutton
NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
Box 7616, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-6823

Grant Amount: $71,795

Summary: Project will develop a management program for Piece’s disease of grapes, which will allow tobacco farmers and others in the eastern and southern Piedmont of North Carolina to successfully plant winegrapes. Winegrapes are at considerable risk because of Piece’s disease.

Area Served: Piedmont, Southern Mountains


Project: Value Added Projects for Tobacco Farmers in Transition

Contact: Blake Brown
NC Foundation for Value Added Agriculture and Applied Biotechnology
Box 8109, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-4536

Grant Amount: $245,028

Summary: Project is to increase the effectiveness of CALS faculty in developing and implementing profitable value-added enterprises for North Carolina farm families. This project will enhance the effectiveness of CALS extension and research projects by providing 1) farm business management resources to faculty to assist with evaluation of the profitability and implementation of newly developed value-added enterprises, 2) assembling information on potential value-added opportunities and publishing information about the cooperative efforts of NCSU and TTFC, 3) grant writing and planning assistance to faculty developing research or extension proposals for value-added projects for farm families and 4) facilitating assembling resources for faculty projects. This proposal is an initial step by CALS to increase faculty focus and resources on value-added enterprises.

Area Served: Statewide


Project: Development of the North Carolina Tobacco Black Shank Task Force

Contact: Kelly Ivers
NC Tobacco Foundation, Inc.
NCSU Department of Plant Pathology
455 Research Dr.
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 684-3562

Grant Amount: $47,868

Summary: Project will conduct an intensive survey of the tobacco-growing regions for the incidence of black shank in tobacco cultivars, collect isolates of Ppn (fungus causing black shank disease) and determine the race structure of field populations across the state, and correlate Ppn race profiles with supplementary crop and field-site information.

Area Served: Statewide


Project: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Agricultural Leadership Development Program

Contact: Bill Collins / Billy Caldwell
NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc.
Box 7643, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-2717

Grant Amount: $144,440

Summary: Project will develop a leadership seminar where participants will learn of pertinent agricultural issues and develop leadership skills. The project will conduct eight three-day seminars that targets agricultural professionals aged 25-45. The program will enhance the economic impact of participants by increasing their understanding of their businesses, industries, communities, economies and society as they are related to agriculture and rural communities. The program will enhance participants’ capacities in problem solving, interpersonal communications, practical application of leadership abilities, and participatory processes to enable them to more effectively address contemporary issues related to agriculture, rural communities and citizens.

Area Served: Statewide


Project: Tobacco Grower Communication Assistance

Contact: Kathy Kennel
NC Tobacco Foundation & Tobacco Growers Association of NC
Box 7645, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-9259

Grant Amount: $140,413

Summary: Project will sustain and deliver critical and valuable information to tobacco growers statewide by producing the Tobacco Grower Newsletter, The Tobacco Grower Resource Guide and a new edition of the Tobacco Growers Field Manual.

Area Served: Statewide


Project: Reducing Losses to Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus in Tobacco

Contact: Bill Collins
NC Tobacco Foundation, Inc.
Box 7643, NCSU
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-2717

Grant Amount: $75,025

Summary: Project will develop the knowledge and management tools necessary to reduce losses to the tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) in tobacco. The project’s goal is to develop a system to predict the likelihood that damaging levels of TSWV will occur each year over locations in order to provide growers information on which to base their management practices and reduce losses. This information will be distributed to all NC tobacco farmers.

Area Served: Statewide


Project: Project New Start: Phase II

Contact: Anne Bacon
NC Rural Economic Development Center
4021 Carya Drive
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 250-4314

Grant Amount: $300,000

Summary: Project will refine the Project "New Start" model of helping dislocated workers through community-based strategies, explore new ways to engage nonprofit organizations in helping dislocated workers, and support research to identify to what extent tobacco farm workers need the kind of help that Project New Start has targeted to tobacco processing workers. The project’s goal is to provide job re-training assistance to former tobacco workers.

Area Served: Wilson, Statewide


Project: Project "Skill-UP"

Contact: Barbara Boyce
NC Community College System
5001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-5001
(919) 807-7100

Grant Amount: $184,000

Summary: Project will develop customized fast-track (3-8 month) programs that focus on the development of basic workplace skills to minorities (especially males), Hispanics, welfare recipients, and the working poor--who are over-represented in tobacco-related employment. Program participants will receive skill assessment, training, and career development counseling in order to obtain marketable skills.

Area Served: Statewide


Project: Increasing the Utilization of Biodiesel Fuels in the NC Agricultural Community

Contact: Sandra Maddox
NCDA&CS Research Stations Division
1001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1001
(919) 733-3236

Grant Amount: $61,000

Summary: Project will establish the use of biodiesel fuel on all agricultural research stations, provide biodiesel information at each research station Field Day, which are open to the public, and conduct additional Field Days to highlight and increase the use of biodiesel. The project’s goal is to provide farmers information regarding the benefits of using biodiesel on their farms.

Area Served: Statewide


Project: Agricultural Heritage Outreach & Agritourism Program

Contact: Lynn Wagner
Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Inc.
PO Box 88
Kenly, NC 27542
(919) 284-3431

Grant Amount: $100,000

Summary: Project will procure resources such as supplies, equipment, technology updates, and Board of Director's and staff development necessary for the operation of the tobacco museum and the expansion of the education and agritourism programs. The Museum will also employ farmers who will conduct farm tours for participating tour groups.

Area Served: Eastern NC


Project: Capital Access: Creating a Continuum of Financial Services for Alternative Agriculture in NC

Contact: Brian Schniederman
Center for Community Self Help
PO Box 3619
Durham, NC 27702
(919) 956-4400

Grant Amount: $45,750

Summary: The Capital Access project is a continuation and enhancement of the previous financial needs survey of farmers. This project will provide further outreach to farmers and lenders and advocate for reforms in lending policies and programs to better serve farm enterprises. The project’s goal is to survey tobacco farmers to determine their banking needs and then educate bankers on the benefits of providing loans to assist tobacco farmers with their diversification initiatives.

Area Served: Statewide


Project: Expanding Homegrown/Handmade in Ashe County

Contact: Ken McFayden
Town of West Jefferson
PO Box 490
West Jefferson, NC 28694
(336) 246-3551

Grant Amount: $100,138

Summary: Project will assist Ashe County growers in developing and maintaining profitable farm operations by offering a viable market for their crops, and increasing pedestrian traffic. A Farmers Market shelter addition with restrooms and electricity will be constructed. The project’s goal is to provide amenities to the farmers market in order to attract additional customers and farmers to the site.

Area Served: Ashe


Project: Iseley Farm

Contact: Bethany Olmstead
Piedmont Land Conservancy
PO Box 4025
Greensboro, NC 27404
(336) 691-0088

Grant Amount: $300,000

Summary: Project will assist with protecting a 370-acre organic tobacco producing farm in Alamance County through an agricultural easement. The Iseley Farm currently grows certified organic tobacco, maintains certified organic greenhouses, has a cow-calf beef cattle operation, has an on-site farm market selling strawberries, fresh vegetables, mums, etc… and offers educational programs for schoolchildren. The project will also protect the water quality of the Haw River by establishing a no-touch riparian areas along several tributaries to the Haw River and to the Haw River itself.

Area Served: Alamance


Project: Growing Local Profits

Contact: Keith Baldwin
NC Agriculture and Technical State University
PO Box 21928
Greensboro, NC 27420
(336) 334-7995

Grant Amount: $112,000

Summary: Project will demonstrate the economic viability of horticultural crops by providing farmers opportunities to diversify using plasticulture, assisting with fertigation systems, and assisting with direct marketing through local food projects. The project’s goal is to place approximately 100-400 acres of farm land under efficient irrigation and weed-management systems.

Area Served: Statewide