From its greenhouses and farm in Rougemont, Hoffman Nursery sells ornamental and native grass liners — or starter plants — wholesale to customers all across the United States and Canada. But when the company’s owners need solutions to production problems, they frequently look much closer to home — to the agricultural research and Extension experts at N.C. State University.
Bryan Cash is justifiably proud of his cattle herd in Anson County. When he bought his first cows more than a decade ago, he knew very little about what it took to raise them. But now, the award-winning farmer has a herd of close to 70 healthy cows, plus 42 calves that are thriving. “Everything that you see out there today, I wanted it, and I did it, but without my Extension agent Richard Melton, (the farm) wouldn’t be where it is today,” Cash says.
Wanda Clay, a long-time North Carolina Cooperative Extension agent in Duplin County, has been named to direct to Cooperative Extension program in the county.
About 25 volunteers from North Carolina Cooperative Extension and N.C. State University celebrated longstanding collaboration with UNC-TV during Festival, the public television station’s annual fund-raising event, on Saturday March 6.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has named Moore County Agriculture Agent Taylor Williams its 2010 North Carolina Extension Agent of the Year.