I know a lot of you on this list-serve are already in shock over the proposed budget that the N.C. House Appropriations Committee released last week as it had multiple ramifications to important agricultural, non-profit and public programs. I want to make sure everyone is aware of an unexpected hit: the complete elimination of N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, which has been instrumental in transitioning our region's tobacco-dependent agricultural economy to a diverse system reliant on local markets. This decision does not just affect farmers in 2012. It is a decision that affects all of us in the ag community forever. Since TTFC has been a loyal supporter of farm diversification grants administered through WNC AgOptions in partnership with RAFI-USA, we are helping to raise awareness on this issue. Please see the press release from RAFI and its farm group supporters below.
Time is of the essence!