There is a cost share program for agricultural producers funded through the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. The cost share program will cost share up to 50% of the cost of equipment for value-added agricultural products. The program is open to agricultural producers in North Carolina and to processors of NC agricultural products. Processors must use at least 50% NC agricultural inputs in their product. Agricultural products includes forestry products. For example a producer wanting to purchase a small sawmill to add value to timber production could apply.
There is an application period open now with applications due Aug 31. There will also likely be an application period early in 2012.
Information and application materials for the cost share program can be found at http://bit.ly/nBj6Ag
Click here for cost share guidelines and applications: http://bit.ly/qa225E
A good article describing the program can be found at http://bit.ly/nQNf8K
If you have questions regarding the Equipment Cost Share Program, please contact Blake Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.