2018 Leadership Montgomery Agriculture Day

— Written By Jamie Warner
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This year’s Leadership Montgomery class enjoyed a day focused on Agriculture, Thursday, March 1. The day began with a tour of the Sandhills Research Station in Jackson Springs. Station Manager, Jeremy Martin gave a brief history of the station and the research that is conducted there. The Sandhills Research Station has been and continues to be instrumental in the development of several crop varieties most commonly used in North Carolina Agriculture. Following the Research Station, the group traveled to Candor and met Edward Greene of Perdue Farms for tours of the Hatchery and Feed Mill. A locally sourced lunch was prepared for the group by the Staff of Cooperative Extension and generously sponsored by Carolina Farm Credit and Montgomery County Farm Bureau. Melanie McLeod spoke about Farm Credit and the services that they offer for area farmers. Todd King, the President of Farm Bureau gave a brief report on the state of Agriculture in Montgomery County and spoke about what Farm Bureau does in our county as well as on the State and National levels.

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Jeremy Martin leads a tour of the Sandhills Research Station.

After lunch, the crowd gathered at White Oak Farm, owned and operated by the Dunn Family of Biscoe. Here, they walked around the century-old, family farm while Gary Dunn spoke to the group about the business of farming, season extension and heirloom varieties of crops. White Oak Farm markets their produce at various Farmers Markets in the region and through their own, successful CSA basket program. From there, the class boarded the bus bound for C-Cross Cattle Company where some the nation’s most recognized Gelbvieh cattle are raised. Owners Duane and Wendy Strider greeted the group and provided a discussion on the Beef Cattle industry and the local beef market. A little rain couldn’t upset the good vibe for the day. For participating in Agriculture Day, the Leadership Montgomery class members were each given one pound of C-Cross hamburger, a pound of sausage from the West Montgomery FFA and a $5 gift certificate to the Troy Farmer’s Market, set to re-open for the 2018 season in May. The message of the day was to “support LOCAL as often as possible”.

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Gary Dunn talks about growing lettuce in the greenhouse at White Oak Farm.

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Duane Strider talks to the group about the state of the Beef Industry.

After a long day of learning about Montgomery County Agriculture, the group headed home. A great time was had by all that participated.