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Young tobacco farmers attend SUCCEED! short course


Gathered at the Tobacco Short Course are Dr. Bill Collins (left), Paul Harp, Dr. Billy Caldwell, Teresa Johnson and tobacco grower Billy Carter, chairman of the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.

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Eighteen young tobacco farmers from throughout the state recently took part in a week-long SUCCEED! Tobacco Short Course coordinated by the N.C. State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and funded with a grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. Another 10 Extension, agribusiness, government and university personnel also attended the Tobacco Short Course.

Among the young tobacco farmers attending were Steve Batts, Mark Bissette and Kevin Gardner, Wilson County; Billy McDaniel, Nash County; Matthew Grissom and Jonathan Renn, Vance County; Harold Apple and Scott Morgan, Guilford County; Mel Anderson, Duplin County; Dennis Johnson, Yadkin County; Christopher Blanchard and George Perry, Bertie County; George Massengill Jr., Johnston County; Jeff Whitehurst and Jordan Tyson, Pitt County; Garrett Whitfield, Person County; Billy Tankard, Beaufort County; John Tripp, Brunswick County; and William Ward, Hertford County.

Dr. Bill Collins, co-director of the N.C. SUCCEED! Program, said that the 18 young farmers will grow 4,000 acres of tobacco in 2010.

Others attending included Jacob Morgan and Clif Sutton, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service; Brad Taylor, Cunningham Research Station; Adrian Boyd, Southern States Cooperative; Paul Harp and Teresa Johnson, RJR Tobacco; Randal Ball, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co.; and Bob Beach, Dennis Chapman and Gilbert Todd, USDA-Risk Management Agency.

During the week, attendees took part in workshops and other events aimed at helping participants understand all facets of tobacco production in the face of continuous change in the industry and entire agricultural sector. One day included a tour with stops at PCS Phosphate at Aurora, Hendrix & Dail of Greenville, Alliance One of Farmville and J.S. Davenport & Sons of Pactolus.

The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina cooperated in organizing the N.C. SUCCEED! Tobacco Short Course program.

Agribusiness Communications Group