Membership in the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association is composed of three classes:

  • Small Grain Producers in North Carolina.
  • Associate members who represent the small grain agribusiness industry as individuals and professional agricultural workers.
  • Supporting member companies who represent the small grain agribusiness industry.

Financial Support

Business and activities of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association are supported primarily by growers through a self-assessment or self-help program. The assessment approved by North Carolina Farmers is $.005 of total money collected on Wheat, Oats, Rye, Barley, Canola and Grain Sorghum.  These funds are collected by the first market grain elevator and sent to North Carolina Department of Agriculture where they deposit in our association bank account. Copies of our financial statement are distributed each year at our annual meeting during the Joint Conference and are available at our office.

Assessment Referendum

The Assessment Referendum is voted on every 6 years by North Carolina farmers that grow small grains (wheat, oats, rye, barley, grain sorghum and canola/rape seed). The farmer must be 18 years or older on or before the assessment voting date in order to vote.  It is important for the small grain growers of North Carolina to support the assessment referendum in order to continue the work of the association in Grower Education, Research, Marketing, Administration and enhancing ways to make small grains more profitable for farmers in North Carolina.

Wheat Yield Contest

The NC wheat yield contest is conducted each year to give recognition to those growers who do an outstanding production job. It is administered through NC State Cooperative Extension and awards are sponsored by the NC Small Grain Growers Association. Anyone who produces wheat in NC is eligible to enter. Recognition categories include 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place growers in each of three Production Regions and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Producers Statewide. All growers who achieve 100 bushels/acre are inducted into the 100 Bushel Wheat Club.

For more information and to enter the contest visit:

2020 Wheat Yield Contest Winners

2020 Wheat Yield Contest Entries

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year the NC Small Grain Growers Association awards $25,000 in scholarship money divided between 10 students at NC State University who are pursuing a career in Agriculture. Any students interested in being considered should apply online at

The application for continuing students opens December 1 each year and newly admitted students should apply as soon as they are admitted with a completion deadline of February 15th. To see the list of 2020-2021 NCSGGA Scholarship Recipients click here: