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Applications available for Innovative Young Farmer Award

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RALEIGH — The Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina has announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Innovative Young Farmer of the Year Award given by the Tobacco Farm Life Museum and sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina.

Eligible nominees must be between the ages of 18 and 40 as of Jan. 1, 2020. Nominees are to either be in school for agriculture/agribusiness or have worked in the agriculture industry for less than 10 years. The application process, open until Friday, Dec. 6, enables nominees to discuss means by which they are positively impacting their operation, as well as the greater agricultural community in North Carolina.

The Innovative Young Farmer of the Year Award is presented annually at the Breakfast with the Commissioner held in conjunction with the Southern Farm Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

“Agriculture continues to be the number one industry in North Carolina,” says Dave Corum, CEO of AgCarolina Farm Credit. “We are proud to support young farmers for their innovation and leadership. Recognizing these farmers for their commitment to the industry is important, and we are proud to partner with the NC Tobacco Farm Life Museum.”

To apply for this award, visit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum website at Applications must be submitted electronically through this website.

For more than 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. The Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina are AgCarolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit and Carolina Farm Credit. They are farmer-owned financial cooperatives with headquarters in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Statesville respectively.

The associations have over $3.5 billion in loans and commitments outstanding to over 14,500 North Carolina farmers. Loans are made to finance land, homes, farm buildings, operating expenses, livestock and equipment, as well as other purposes. Credit life insurance, crop insurance, appraisal services and leasing are also available through the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina.