STATESVILLE — NC Cooperative Extension-Union County has been awarded a grant through Carolina Farm Credit’s Corporate Mission Fund, according to a report from Farm Credit Carolina.

The mission of this organization is to deliver research-based information from NC State and NCA&T University to communities in the areas of agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H youth development. Grant funds will be used to purchase a mobile poultry processing unit. This unit will be available to rent for local poultry producers.

For small scale poultry producers there are limited options for processing in the county and the southern piedmont region. Having the ability to process poultry on the farm can increase production capacity and allow small farmers to expand their operations and increase revenue.

Last year marked the sixth year Carolina Farm Credit awarded Corporate Mission Fund grants. Nearly 125 grant applications were received for the program, and grants were awarded in the last quarter of 2020. Scholarships were also awarded from the fund. In total, $141,500 were awarded to 25 local organizations and 12 college students.

“Our Corporate Mission Fund is another way that Carolina Farm Credit strives to enhance agriculture and the rural communities in North Carolina.” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit, in a statement. “These grants help provide funding for many great organizations across our territory.”

The Corporate Mission Fund operates on an application-based grant system. Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per year to help in their endeavors to promote agriculture, as well as stimulate the local agricultural economy in the western half of North Carolina. Grant applications will be accepted from January 1 to June 30, 2021. Project proposals will be reviewed and grants will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2021.

To qualify for a grant, organizations must be located within the 54 counties and geographic area where Carolina Farm Credit conducts business. For more information and to apply, please visit the Carolina Farm Credit Corporate Mission Fund page.

To read about last year’s grant recipients, go to carolinafarm credit.com.

Carolina Farm Credit is a stockholder-owned cooperative providing financing to full and part-time farmers and agricultural-related businesses and also provides financing for the construction and purchase of homes in 54 counties through 30 branch offices. Other financial services available are credit life insurance, appraisal services, leasing programs, and financial planning.