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The Durham County Board of County Commissioners has approved an Agricultural Economic Development Grant Program and has allocated $50,000 for this fiscal year. The program purpose is to offer cost share grants to assist farmers/Farmers’ Markets and promote Agriculture Development in schools.

The Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Durham County Farmland Protection Advisory Board are now accepting applications.

Applications are accepted for individual Durham farmers/Farmers’ Markets and to support Agriculture  Development in Durham schools.

The program will provide two types of grants:

  • Small grants for Agriculture  Development in schools: Up to $1,000.00
  • Grants for farmers/Farmers’ Markets: Up to $5,000.00

The Cooperative Extension Staff are offering two grant information sessions on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7 pm to 8 pm &  Thursday, July 19, 2018, 8 am to 9 am. Click here for more information.


Please click on the link below to apply for the grant. All applications are due by Midnight July 31, 2018.

 FY19 Application

The complete applications can be emailed, mailed or hand-delivered to:

Durham County Soil & Water Conservation District

721 Foster St. Durham, NC 27701


Grant award notification will be no later than August 7, 2018.


Falls Lake Agriculture Rule, 15A NCAC 2B Rule 0280

Establishes collective nitrogen and Phosphorus reduction goals for agricultural operations in the watershed. This rule will affect anyone who engages in agricultural operations in the Falls Lake Watershed, produces crops or horticulture products (excluding trees) primarily for financial profit, engages in research activities in support of commercial production or has:

  • 5 or more horses
  • 20 or more cattle
  • 20 or more swine not in a feedlot
  • 150 or more swine in a feedlot
  • 120 or more sheep
  • 130 or more goats
  • 650 or more turkeys
  • 3,500 or more chickens
  • any combination that exceeds 20,000 pounds of live weight at anytime
All persons this rule effects must register with their Local Advisory Committee. To register or for more details, please visit the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation's website at