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2013 Recipient: South Valley Nursery

Tyler is building a micropropagation lab so that he can mass produce unique plants such as native orchids, which are challenging to propagate using traditional techniques. “Micropropagation is a new technology in the nursery business,” Tyler said. “This technology will … View >>

2013 Recipient: Stines Farm

Boyd Clyde Stines, Stines Farm Grant Award: $6,000 – Beef Cattle Improvement Program “Having this equipment will enable us to be better positioned in the cattle industry for many more years to come.” ~ Boyd Clyde Stines Boyd is building … View >>

2012 Recipient: BRG Angus

Bobby Gragg BRG Angus Grant Award: $6,000 — Enhanced Cattle Production Bobby is improving his cattle production system with the incorporation of grain storage bins, an auger, feed bunks and creep feeders. Grain bins enables Bobby to purchase feedstuffs at … View >>

2011 Recipient: Grady Bob Johnson, Jr.

Grady Bob Johnson, Jr. Tucker Hollow Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Berries and Honey Tucker Hollow Farm will expand their existing farm with the addition of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and 20 stands of honeybees to pollinate the berries and their … View >>

2011 Recipient: Amos & Kaci Nidiffer

Amos & Kaci Nidiffer Trosly Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Value-Added Poultry Processing Equipment The Nidiffers are building a permanent processing building to expand their poultry operation and double their production. With the addition, they will meet the state requirements … View >>

2010 Recipient: Bobby Gragg

Bobby Gragg Artificial Insemination of Beef Cattle Grant Award: $6,000 Bobby is increasing his ability to artificially inseminate cattle with top quality bulls; improving growth trait records; and enhancing marketability of his beef. He is purchasing a portable head gate … View >>

2010 Recipient: Kyle Kitchin

Kyle Kitchin Sugar Bear Maple Syrup Marketing Grant Award: $3,000 Kyle is purchasing a propane heated finishing cooker for his maple syrup operation. The cooker enhances the beauty and marketability of Grade A light amber maple syrup by allowing for … View >>

2009 Recipient: Ellis & Barbara Aycock

Ellis & Barbara Aycock, Sundance Farm Groundbreaking Organic Farming – Grant Award: $6,000 The Aycocks are semi-retired from off-farm work, and have raised livestock since 1987 and fruits and vegetables since 2006. They are one of very few commercial organic … View >>

2008 Recipient: Rebecca Daniels

Rebecca Daniels lives on her Avery County family farm, a third-generation fraser fir and sheep farm. She is working with her son, Logan Burleson, 16, to establish a greenhouse operation, primarily for rooted wine grape cuttings. They plan to sell … View >>

2006 Recipient: Robert Reece

Robert and Barbara Reece have grown tobacco in Avery County since 1979. The Reece’s are slowing transitioning out of tobacco as they cut back on production and have been developing and implementing an agri-tourism operation on their farm to supplement … View >>

2006 Recipient: Ted Farmer

Agri-Tourism Ted Farmer was born on the same farm where he currently lives and works raising Fraser Fir Christmas Trees. Ted’s father before him moved to their family farm in Avery County over 90 years ago. Ted’s great interest in … View >>

2005 Farm: Boyd Stein

  Boyd Stein’s family has relied on income from tobacco production since the 1940’s. Mr. Stein has worked to diversify his income on the farm by investing in the commercial production of Christmas trees. Through the grant Mr. Stein will … View >>

2005 Farm: Dickie Jarret

  Dickie Jarret has created a radiant heating system for the floor of his greenhouse to utilize the area below the bedding tables. Mr. Jarret will root native shrubs to sell in the winter months. With help from his local … View >>

2005 Farm: Owen Spry

  Owen Spry has raised tobacco twenty-six years in addition to raising cattle, Christmas trees and hay. In order to diversify his farm income Mr. Spry has planted small fruits and vegetables to sell along the major highway that runs … View >>