University of Mount Olive AgPrime Program
MOUNT OLIVE – A program providing cost share grants to North Carolina farmers and agribusiness owners for new and innovative ideas that increase farm profits is being conducted by the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center. AgPrime, which is funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC), is designed to strengthen farms and communities that have been impacted by changes in the tobacco economy. UMO AgPrime grants are available to farmers and agribusiness owners in Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Jones, Lee, Moore, Pender, Onslow, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties.
Funding proposals up to $9,000 will be considered for farmers/agribusinesses that are agriculturally dependent and have viable ideas for new and innovative agricultural projects. Priority will be given to persons who earn at least 50% of their personal income from their farm operation or agribusiness entity, and to current and former tobacco farmers or former quota holders.
Dr. Sandy Maddox, Director of the University of Mount Olive’s Agribusiness Center, encourages those engaged in agriculture in the targeted counties to apply for funding.
“This program is designed to help farmers and agribusiness owners test creative ideas, implement new marketing strategies and keep more profit closer to the farm gate,” Maddox stated. She added, “We are excited to partner with the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to bring this important program to the agricultural communities in Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Jones, Lee, Moore, Pender, Onslow, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland counties.”
The grant application cycle opened on February 1, 2018 and closes on March 1, 2018. For more information, go to, www.umoag.com or contact program coordinators Stan Dixon at 252-526-1587 or Ed Emory at 910-290-1002.
The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College. For more information, visit www.umo.edu.