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North Carolina Chapter Farm Tour Field Day!

North Carolina Chapter Farm Tour Field Day!

Author: Ashlyn Britt/Tuesday, March 20, 2018/Categories: Chapter Activity Report Blog, New Member Development, Promotion of Agriculture, Chapter Development, Fellowship, North Carolina

On March 17, Alpha Zeta and the Animal Science Club paired up to take an all-day Farm Tour through one of the most agriculturally diverse counties in our wonderful state: Sampson County. Four farms were visited in total:

Salemburg Gin & Cotton Co.: Salemburg, NC
Although Clay Strickland's operation is no longer involved in the cotton business, they actively grow some of the highest quality organic and conventional tobacco.

Barnhill Blueberry Farms: Ivanhoe, NC 
Chester Barnhill's 800 acres of North Carolina grown blueberries can be found all up and down the I-95 corridor in the eastern United States.

Crooked Run Vineyards: Clinton, NC
Gavin Thompson's 16 acre muscadine vineyard provides high quality food grapes instead of wine grapes; a much more labor intensive process.

PorkPlus Swine Farm: Turkey, NC
Henry Faison's swine finishing farm is an excellent example of proactive waste management and how this level of the pork industry works.

Our brothers had such a great time meeting some North Carolina farmers and seeing successful agricultural operations. A huge thank you to NC State's Department of Crop & Soil Sciences for paying for the vans on the trip!

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