Tobacco TrustThe NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) was created by the NC General Assembly in 2000 to assist those who have been affected by the government’s Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the nation’s four largest cigarette manufacturers. That includes North Carolina’s current/former tobacco farmers, former quota holders, tobacco-related business owners, and people displaced from tobacco-related employment. To accomplish that mission, NCTTFC adminis-ters a $2 million annual budget for grant programs and administrative costs.
One of the Commission’s grant programs is the Qualified Agricultural Program (QAP), which provides competitive grants for projects that support and foster the vitality and solvency of the tobacco-related segment of the State’s agricultural economy. Cleveland County Agricultural Fair was fortunate to receive one of these grants in 2017.
NCTTFC funds helped finance new roofs and structural repairs to Dorton Exhibit Hall, Weathers Livestock Arena, Poultry Barn, the Farm Adventures Building, and ten permanent food booths. These facilities are essential to furthering the agricultural mission of the Fair, and keeping them in good repair will enable us to continue to award farmers for the quality exhibits, inform the public through farm-related educational booths and displays, engage youth and adults in competitive livestock shows and judging contests, and connect non-farm families to agriculture and its contributions to our local economy and quality of life.
We thank NCTTFC for their financial support, and salute them for partnering with us to showcase farming and promote agribusiness in Cleveland County, and to sustain farming as our leading industry.