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2019 Recipient: Jenkins Angus Farm

James Jenkins, Jenkins Angus Farm AI Cattle Working System Grant Award: $6,000 To double profits and significantly increase his herd’s value, James added a sweep system and squeeze chute to artificially inseminate 90% of his cattle annually. Previously, he could … View >>

2018 Recipient: Ruby Brown Farm

Rick Rhinehart, Ruby Brown Farm Pasture Raised Beef Grant Award: $6,000 Ruby Brown Farm has expanded their freezer beef operation by building a dedicated 12′ x 16′ storage building to house 2 commercial freezers for beef and improving their feeding … View >>

2018 Recipient: Lambert Farms

Danny and Krista Lambert, Lambert Farms Wood Chips and Manure Composting Grant Award: $6,000 The Lamberts are employing a wood chip/manure composting system on their farm to support the production of sustainably raised grass-fed beef, pastured chickens, pastured pork and … View >>

2018 Recipient: Goforth Livestock

Charles Edward “Trip” Goforth, Goforth Livestock Improving Beef Profits with TMR Feeding Grant Award: $6,000 Trip Goforth purchased a specialized piece of feeding equipment—a vertical mixer or TMR (Total Mixes Ration) mixer for his 40-head cow/calf beef operation. Trip currently … View >>

2018 Recipient: Leatherwood Family Farms

Stephen John Leatherwood, Leatherwood Family Farms Walk-In Freezer Grant Award: $6,000 Stephen has successfully diversified his successful vegetable operation with the addition of freezer beef. In response to customer demand for beef and to add a commodity to increase profit … View >>

2018 Recipient: David Noland

David Noland, Noland Farm Place Creep Feeder Grant Award: $3,000 Building on a successful 2011 WNC AgOptions grant to enhance the genetics of his herd, David has begun to expand and diversify his farm through the introduction of creep feeding … View >>

2018 Recipient: Belflower Farm

Jeff and Katie Belflower, Belflower Farm Pasture Irrigation Grant Award: $6,000 In order to mitigate drought risk on his 40-acre farm, Jeff and Katie have added an innovative irrigation system to assist in maintaining consistent grass production. The K-Line system … View >>

2017 Recipient: Green Mountain Farm

Chris and Amy Deyton, Green Mountain Farms Mechanization for Reducing Labor and Increasing Safety Grant Award: $6,000 Chris and Amy purchased a front end loader for their tractor to aid in the expansion of their cattle, goat and vegetable farm. … View >>

2017 Recipient: Dry Ridge Farm

Graham and Wendy Brugh, Dry Ridge Farm Beef Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Graham and Wendy have added 10 beef cattle to their current eight-cow herd. They also currently farm 100 hogs, 2,000 meat chickens, 90 lambs and a 700 laying … View >>

2017 Recipient: LeatherNeck Farms

Samantha and Kevin Webb, LeatherNeck Farms Irrigation Expansion Grant Award: $6,000 Samantha and Kevin have installed a self-propelled irrigation system to boost their vegetable and grass-fed livestock operation. The reel irrigation helps them maintain greener pastures and increase vegetable production. … View >>

2017 Recipient: S.D. Morgan Farms

Shannon Morgan, S.D. Morgan Farms Brewer’s Grain: It’s More Than Just Beer Grant Award: $6,000 Shannon purchased a large dump trailer to haul wet spent grain from Greenman Brewing of Asheville to feed to his cattle. He has used Greenman’s … View >>

2016 Recipient: Edwards Farm

James Moore Edwards, Edwards Farm Grass-Fed Cattle Grant Award: $6,000 James is diversifying his vegetable operation with grass-fed cattle. He purchased seven calves to pasture on 16 acres. He feeds them on grass until autumn before slaughtering them for sale … View >>