Three area farmers are paving the way for agriculture, thanks to help from a state grant funding.
Farmers Brian Bean, of Hickory, Jefferson Herr, of Vale, and Susie Devine, of Newton, received grants for expansion and improvement of their agricultural operations from the Rural Advancement Foundation International USA's Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund.
"The single focus is to help farmers be more successful," said Joe Schroeder, Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund director. "We're trying to make an impact that goes beyond individual farmers."
Farmers in North Carolina can receive from $10,000 to $30,000 in grant money from the reinvestment fund, which awards innovative and creative advancements in farming technologies.
Although grant money is issued through the Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund, the grant application opened in 2009 to all farmers, not just those in the tobacco industry.