Billy Bryant, Bryant Farms
Grant Award: $8,000
In order to increase efficiency and meet GAP certification requirements, Billy will be adding a packing facility to his current vegetable production operation. GAP certification will allow Bryant Farms to maintain current market relationships and will allow the farm to expand sales to TRACTOR, schools, hospitals and prisons.
The grant will pay for the construction of a packing shed, including the concrete pad, construction block, electrical, framing, multiple metal doors and a floor drain.
A 2011 AgOptions grant enabled Billy to expand vegetable production, reducing his dependence on tobacco, and helping him establish a relationship with Ingles. To maintain the wholesale relationship with 12 Ingles stores, this project will ensure that Bryant Farms has the necessary food safety certification to continue current market relations and provide opportunities to expand.
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