Tobacco growers trying to move into growing alternative crops will have the chance to learn about applying for a grant with the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, otherwise known as RAFI, according to Carl Cantaluppi, horticulture agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in Granville and Person counties.

The Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund will make grants to farmers in Granville County in 2005 for demonstration of new alternatives to replace lost income.

High priority will be given to innovative projects which show farmers a new direction or opportunity. They are particularly interested in projects which make new or additional uses of tobacco facilities or equipment and those which demonstrate value-added marketing.

Cost-share support will be up to $10,000.

The Granville County Extension Office hosted a meeting of interested growers for RAFI in late November.

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 14, 2005.

For more information, contact Carl Cantaluppi at 1-919-603-1350 or e-mail him at carl_cantaluppi@ncsu.edu.