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Today’s Topic: It’s not too late to join us for Ag Awareness Day March 20. Lend your voice in support of North Carolina farmers and agribusinesses.

By on March 19, 2019

On March 20, the agriculture community will celebrate Ag Awareness Day with visits with legislators and a program to thank legislators for their support in 2018. Attendees can meet and park at the State Fairgrounds to ride buses downtown for the day’s activities.

Today’s Topic for March 19

A summary of the comments are below.

  • It is not too late to
    join us tomorrow for Ag Awareness Day in downtown Raleigh. Buses depart from
    the State Fairgrounds to downtown Raleigh at 8:30 a.m. and the program wraps up
    at 2:30 p.m.
  • From 9 to 11 a.m.,
    attendees are encouraged to visit with their legislators. They will likely want
    to call ahead to make an appointment to ensure senators and representatives are
    available.
  • At 11:30, the program
    will begin on Bicentennial Mall located between the Museum of History and the
    Agriculture Building. We expect to be joined by a number state leaders,
    (Governor Roy Cooper, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, N.C. Farm Bureau President Larry
    Wooten, President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Speaker Tim Moore, Senator Brent
    Jackson, Representative Jimmy Dixon, Senator Dan Blue (pending), Representative
    John Bell, Senator Don Davis (pending), Representative Brian Turner and NCSU
    Dean Richard Linton.)

  • More than anything, we
    want to thank our legislators for their continued support in 2018, particularly
    with the passage of the $240 million Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund
    and the Farm Act, which included legislation involving nuisance lawsuits.

  • Even with the challenges
    of 2018, we have a lot to be proud of when it comes to North Carolina
    agriculture. We want our legislative representatives to know the impact
    agriculture has on the state’s economy. It is an $87 billion industry that
    supports around 730,000 jobs or a fifth of our workforce.

  • We are a leading producer
    nationally of many crops including tobacco, pork, poultry and sweet potatoes,
    and this industry supports jobs across rural North Carolina.

  • In many cases,
    agriculture and agribusiness are the leading industries in some of our rural
    communities.

  • Ag Awareness Day is meant
    to celebrate these contributions and remind legislators that we can grow this
    industry even more by;

    •  strengthening markets for
      North Carolina ag products,
    • increasing research efforts,
    • protecting and maintaining the world’s safest food supply,
    • adding value to our commodities,
    • protecting the right of farmers to practice their profession
    • and preserving farmland for the next generation.

I hope we’ll have a great crowd tomorrow, so
come on out and lend your voice to support North Carolina agriculture and
agribusiness.

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