Three farmers received grants totaling $15,000 from North Carolina Cooperative Extension for projects designed to diversify their operations in 2013. In total, 28 farmers in Western North Carolina received grants totaling $148,500. The three Avery County recipients were Jack Wiseman Jr. of D & J Trees, Boyd Clyde of Stines Farm and Tyler Buchanan of South Valley Nursery and Landscaping. –Avery Journal Times, March 5, 2013. (Read More.)