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2008 Recipient: Marshall Shipp

With the help of his children, Marshall Shipp of Watauga County is increasing his bee hives to sell beekeeping supplies, candles, skin-care products and honey, including creamed varieties. He designed his hives so that he can transport them between locations … View >>

2006 Recipient: Diane Cornett Deal

  Agri-Tourism With the WNC Ag Options Grant, Diane Cornett Deal will be able to expand services offered at her choose and cut operation in Watauga County. Equipment purchased with the grant includes a “tree shaker” to remove excess needles … View >>

2006 Recipient: Scott Combs

  Crop Diversification The WNC Ag Options Grant has helped Scott transition from Burley tobacco to Irish Potatoes. With the Grant, Scott purchased a potato planter which has helped him greatly reduced labor costs for the farm.   Wautauga County … View >>

2005 Farm: Doug Clawson

  Doug Clawson is a full time farmer who grew tobacco for 14 years on his family’s 75 year old farm. Mr. Clawson diversified his farm operation with cattle and Christmas tree production in the past decade. As opportunities in … View >>

2005 Farm: Jerry Ellison

  Jerry Ellison is a part time farmer who has grown tobacco for 25 years and is looking for alternative income after the tobacco buy-out. Mr. Ellison is converting 1 acre of tobacco land into a commercial production for jack-o-lantern … View >>

2004 Farm: Frank Payne

Frank Payne is a member of the Watauga County Nurserymen’s Association and active participants in the county’s Choose-and-Cut industry. He has been working to develop more effective ways to market the “Choose-and-Cut Experience” to prospective clients from North Carolina and … View >>

2004 Farm: Jim Bryan

  J. Bryan will expand an adjacent 2 acres into a parking area to offer better traffic flow to the farm during the peak harvest season. The grant will be used to cover some of the labor and material costs … View >>

2004 Farm: Nathaniel Maram

  Nathaniel and his wife moved to Watauga County in 1998. They are interested in diversifying the production of their farm and exploring agritourism through their contacts in the Choose-N-Cut industry. The Maram’s plan is to propagate seeds of native … View >>