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tudent and cattle at farm in Buncombe CountyWith the average age of farmers in NC at 59.6 and an estimated 705,000 acres (9.5% of all NC farmland) that will transition ownership from 2015 and 2019, NC FarmLink needs to work fast.

As of January 1, 2020, we have just over 2,400 clients who are seeking a farming opportunity. Some are ready to purchase land, while others seek lease, mentorship, apprenticeship, business partnership, or employment. On the other hand, we only have 88 farm opportunities in our system. The program has successfully matched 52 farmers with landowners since 2014. See our Success Stories page for more information on our landowner/farmer matches.

NC FarmLink receives core funding from NC State Extension. With your help, we could do so much more, including outreach programs, greater one on one farm transition coaching and guidance, as well as promoting stewardship options that keep farmland productive..

If you value this program, we would appreciate your financial support. Continue below to learn more about options you have to support NC Farmlink.


Make a gift online now and become a Friend of NC FarmLink. If needed, print out this form and mail it in with your check.

Credit Card

You can make a gift today through your Visa, American Express, Discover or MasterCard. Your donation can post immediately or be divided into installment payments. Call 919-515-7827 and a staff member will process your gift, and be sure to indicate NC FarmLink as your chosen project to support.


Cash gifts are the easiest to value for tax purposes and for a donor to transfer by check or credit card to NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. / NC FarmLink. If you would like to make a cash gift, we accept currency, money orders, bank drafts and bank wires. We also welcome your check made payable to the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. and mailed to:

NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc.

NC State University

Campus Box 7645

Raleigh NC  27695-7645

Give Through Payroll Deduction

NC State faculty and staff can make a monthly contribution to NC State to the area of their choice via payroll deduction. Visit the NC State Employee Payroll Deduction Portal to start a new deduction or manage your existing deduction. Payroll deduction can also be managed via paper form

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of securities may allow for tax benefits for the donor by bypassing capital gains taxes and providing an income tax deduction. Gifts of appreciated securities held for more than a year are generally deductible at market value, regardless of the purchase price.

When making a gift of securities to NC State it is important you notify us in advance of making the transfer. This will help us ensure proper crediting and acknowledgment takes place. If you are interested in making a gift of securities, contact Gifts & Records at or 919-515-7827 for further instructions.

Outright Gifts

You can also support NC State in many other ways that have an immediate impact.

  • Real estate including personal residences, farms, undeveloped land and commercial properties.
  • Gifts-in-kind of tangible property such as works of art, equipment, or supplies.
  • Honorary or memorial gifts named after individuals including scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships.

For more information about outright gifts, please visit the Office of Gift Planning or call 919-515-5106.

No matter the size of your gift, it will provide funds to continue NC FarmLink programming into the future.

Thank you for your support!

For questions about NC FarmLink, contact

Noah Ranells   (919) 245-2058