Two Opportunities for Small Farmers in NC

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North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has two opportunities for small farmers across North Carolina.

The first is a solicitation for NC small farmer participation in a virtual Specialty Crop Focus Group, which will be held via Zoom on July 19th at 6:30 p.m. The focus group ­­­– a component of North Carolina A&T State University’s Evans-Allen project entitled “The Economics of Expanding Specialty Crop Production in North Carolina for Small and Socially-Disadvantaged Farmers” –   will address issues that farmers in NC face and specialty crop production. You must be a farmer in North Carolina to participate. Farmers will receive a $25 Target gift card for attendance.

Registration to participate in the focus group should be made no later than July 16 by emailing Mrs. Jarvetta Bynum at

The researchers of the project are Dr. Obed Quaicoe, Dr. Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, and Jarvetta Bynum, MS. They have also received funding for a grant entitled “Small Farmers Value-added Agricultural Opportunities” from the Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. Through the grant, they are able to offer the second opportunity for small farmers.

The second opportunity is a stipend of $480 to assist small farmers with work on the farm or items purchased to promote value-added or agritourism. Preference will be given to former tobacco growers and minority farmers, but it is not limited to only those farmers. Awards are based on a first come first, served basis.

Please contact Mrs. Jarvetta Bynum at (336) 508-1229 or with any questions or for help registering for focus group or applying for grant stipend.

Please click the fliers linked below for more information, or to apply for the grant stipend.

Focus Group

Stipend application

flier with focus group information