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Producers in sixteen Southside Virginia Counties will be eligible for matching grants this year under a program funded by the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. During its January 8, 2019 meeting in Richmond, the Tobacco Commission approved $426,000.00 in Agribusiness funding for the Central Virginia Pasture, Crops & Livestock Phase II Grant. The Central Virginia Pasture, Crops & Livestock Phase II Grant offers producers in a 16-county region an opportunity to apply for a cost share incentives of up to $3,300 per producer. This project includes the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Bedford, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Franklin, Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward. The grant focuses on pasture conversion/production, by providing pasture watering systems; crop/feed storage, by providing for grain bins, grain dryers, & hay barns; and livestock management structures such as head gates, squeeze chutes, scales & Calf Catchers, Cold Storage and Produce Handling Equipment. These programs are aimed at enhancing farm profitability with corresponding benefits to the region’s overall economy. Cost share funds will be available to agricultural producers who meet all eligibility requirements.
Robert Spiers, Chairman of the Tobacco Commission's Agribusiness Committee said, "I am pleased that the Commission chose to provide more funding for this worthwhile program. Farming has always been a vital part of the economy here in Central Virginia and, since day one, supporting our local farming community has been a priority for the Tobacco Commission."
Producers interested in applying for funding must attend a minimum of one informational/educational session out of Ten (10) opportunities offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension agents prior to applying for funds. These sessions have been scheduled at the following locations on the dates and times listed below:
•Extension Office, Halifax: May 2 starting at 7:00 pm
•Franklin Center, Rocky Mount: May 9 starting at 6:00 pm
•Extension Office, Boydton: May 14 starting at 10:00 am
•County Annex Building, Lawrenceville: May 14 starting at 6:00 pm
•Olde Dominion Agriculture Complex, Chatham: May 16 starting at 3:00 pm
•Lynchburg Livestock Market, Lynchburg: May 16 starting at 6:30 pm
•Prince Edward Extension Office, Farmville: May 20 starting at 2:00 pm
•Southside Community College, Keysville: May 20 starting at 6:00 pm
•Southern Piedmont AREC, Blackstone: May 23 starting at 3:00 pm
•Henry County Administration Building, Martinsville: May 23 starting at 6:00 pm
Cost share applications will be accepted beginning 8:00 am on Monday, June 10, 2019, at the Virginia Cooperative Extension offices in the participating counties. Funding is limited and will be provided to producers on a first-come-first-serve basis with special consideration given to producers who have never received a Tobacco Grant. Incentives will only be awarded on a one-time basis per producer, per family, and/or per farm. For more information on this program, please contact your local extension agent or this office.
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded over 2,000 grants totaling more than $1.1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders. If you would like more information about the Commission, please contact Jordan Butler at 804-786-7692 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: https://www.revitalizeva.org/