The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. is requesting a three-year NC AgVentures Grant on behalf of NC State Extension. The program will expand from 18 eligible counties to 35-40 eligible counties. The program would award cost-share grants to family farms to diversify, expand or enhance their agricultural operations. The overall goal is to increase farm profits. If fully funded the program would benefit at least 133 family farms in 40 counties that were negatively impacted by the downturn in the tobacco economy.