WNC Agricultural Options’ 10th annual grant cycle is underway. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions will award a total of $153,000 to diversifying farmers in Western North Carolina in 2014. Farmers have until Dec. 13 to submit an application for a Grant Award: $3,000 or Grant Award: $6,000 grant. —Asheville Citizen-Times, Sept. 27, 2013. (Read more).