WNC Communities has a long history of working with leaders throughout the mountains to create permanent pieces of infrastructure and programs to benefit family farms. Below are two of our region’s most current successes.
The WNC RLC opened on March 21, 2011 and the first year of operation has been a great success with 2,000 buyers and sellers using this state-of-the-art facility. In the past year over 17,000 head of cattle have been sold through sales arena, in addition to 1,300 sheep & goats this means approximately $12,000,000 in sales with more than $650,000 annual savings for area producers.
The success of this project is testament to the support and generosity of our leadership donors:
- NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission
- Golden LEAF Foundation
- NC Rural Center
- Appalachian Regional Commission
- NC Agricultural Development Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
- International Paper
Sales are conducted on Mondays at 12 noon. Cattle can be received at the facility on Sundays from 1:00 to 7:00 pm and Mondays beginning at 7:00 am.
Click here to see the 2011 final report on this regional project.
WNC Communities is honored to serve as the fiscal agent of the WNC AgOptions Program. WNC AgOptions is funded by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission and is designed to supplement the loss of tobacco income by redistributing funds in the form of grants to individual farms with innovative ideas. Since 2004, 1.5 million has been distributed throughout 18 counties of western North Carolina.