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North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Raleigh, NC

Meetings and Workshops

Breakfast with the Commissioner

The Tobacco Farm Life Museum will hold its 13th annual Breakfast with the Commissioner on Friday, February 2th at 7:30am in the Holshouser Building at the show.  The highlight of the event will  North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler presentation of the “Excellence in Agriculture” award.  This year's award will go to Mr. Bobby Wellons for his years of service to the US Department of Agriculture and the tobacco industry.
Proceeds from the breakfast assist the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in “preserving and presenting the history and heritage of the rural North Carolina farming community.”   For more information, visit

Kickoff Breakfast Speaker to Discuss Agricultural Advocacy

Barden Culbreth will help get the 2018 Southern Farm Show started as the speaker for the Wake County Agribusiness Council's Kickoff Breakfast.  This annual event will take place at  7:15 am Wednesday morning, January 31 in the Hunt Horse Complex restaurant at the NC State Fairgrounds.  His presentation will be Finding the Farm Again - Agriculture Advocacy
For more details on the breakfast, and to buy and tickets, contact Dale Threatt-Taylor at 919-250-1068.

Continuing Education Opportunities Expand

Effort led by NC Agribusiness Council
            The 2018 Southern Farm Show will include a major effort by the North Carolina Agribusiness Council to expand and enhance their AgLeadership & Grower Summit, now in its second year.  Much of that enhancement is the inclusion of opportunities for both pesticide license holders and Certified Crop Advisors to receive continuing education credits at the show.
            Five session, each providing continuing education credits, will be held on Wednesday, January 31 in the Holshouser Building.  Topics include pesticide violations, worker protection, agricultural advocacy, managing drift, and bee preservation. 

There is no charge for any of the classes.  Registration is on-site.  Bring your pesticide card or number.

Click here for More information 

NC Agricultural Development Forum

Thursday, February 1st, at 9:30 am
Holshouser Building
Now a tradition for many of those closely involved in the state's largest industry, the forum is designed to provide information that farmers and agribusiness professionals can use to plan for the coming year. Presentations and predictions from the state's leading economists are always part of the program.

The forum also features the commissioner's annual "State of Agriculture" address, where attendees can learn about ongoing and future plans to boost the state's agricultural impact. The forum will take place from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Holshouser Building at the show.

Breakfast will be served starting at 9:00 and Lunch starting at 12:30 (No charge/FREE for all attendees)

Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina Annual Meeting

Friday, February 2nd at 10:00 am
Holshouser Building
Join fellow Tobacco Grower Association of North Carolina members for the most important tobacco meeting of the year. Hear the latest information from the field, as well as from Washington. For more information, call 919-781-2307.

Tailgate Talks presented by AgSafe, sponsored by NC Agribusiness Council

​Join AgSafe and the North Carolina AgriBusiness Council for “Tailgate Talks”.  Tailgate talks are short 15-minute workshops on variety of topics that can be replicated in the field to train works. Participants will receive a checklist for each topic presented. Workshops will be held daily in the Auction Arena at the front of the Jim Graham Building. Topics and Schedule are below:

Wednesday, January 31
9:00 am           Farm First Aid
9:30 am           General Safety Orientation
10:00 am         Sexual Harassment Prevention
10:30 am         Lock Out/ Tag Out Awareness
12:00 pm         Heat Illness Prevention
12:30 pm         Tractor Safety for Ground Workers
2:00 pm           Worker Protection Standard Compliance
2:30 pm           Fork Lift Safety for Ground Works
Thursday, February 1
9:00 am           Food Safety
9:30 am           Tractor Safety for Ground Workers
10:00 am         Sexual Harassment Prevention
10:30 am         Worker Protection Standard Compliance
12:00 pm         Hazard Communication
12:30 pm         Lock Out/ Tag Out Awareness
2:00 pm           General Safety Orientation
2:30 pm           Food Safety     
Friday, February 2
9:00 am           Farm First Aid
9:30 am           Food Safety
10:00 am         General Safety Orientation
10:30 am         Hazard Communication
12:00 pm         Heat Illness Prevention
12:30 pm         Worker Protection Standard Compliance
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