EFM Program Awarded $119,981 Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Grant
The Executive Farm Management (EFM) program was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $119,981 from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC). The funds, managed by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, will be used to support Southeastern farmers participating in the 2025 EFM program.
The program takes place over three weeks in three different states and costs roughly $350,000 to run annually or approximately $12,000 per participant. However, this grant will bring the cost per participant for farmers to just under $5,000. Grant funds will cover speaker fees, participant lodging, event space rental fees and food.
The goal of the EFM Program is to impact as many farmers in the Southeast as possible through the management-based curriculum. Although the program typically attracts larger-scale farmers, EFM’s training is adaptable for operations of any size, scale and commodity focus.
“By lowering its cost, we can increase the accessibility to farmers and ensure the program benefits them in terms of their goals for their farming operations,” EFM Director Michael Best said. “This grant will allow us to spend more time recruiting and getting the word out about the program, which will strengthen the program.”
Course topics of the program include strategic planning, human resource management, labor management, financial management, risk management, family business issues, assessing markets, supply chain management, brand management and marketing, assessing and building key partnerships and strengthening an operation’s value proposition, among others.