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On the farm

Tobacco Fund opens new grant cycle

The N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is accepting applications for the 2021 grant cycle. 

Grants will be awarded for projects that support the agricultural industry, impact rural communities and stimulate economic development. The N.C. General Assembly established the fund in 2000. 

Applications are available at www.tobaccotrustfund.org and due by Friday, March 5. 

 

N.C. Extension offers scholarship

A $750 scholarship for North Carolina residents pursuing a college degree in business or a business-related field is taking applications through Friday, March 19. 

The Herter O’Neal Scholarship is awarded annually by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Administrative Professionals Association in honor of Herter and Frances O’Neal, co-leaders in forming the NCCEAPA in 1973. 

Applicants must be enrolled to attend classes at a college during the 2021-2022 school year. Application packets are available at high school financial aid offices. Learn more by contacting Macon County Cooperative Extension at 828.349.2050.

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