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Meetings and Workshops

Annual Meeting of the Tobacco Growers Assocation of North Carolina

Members of the Tobacco Growers Assocation of North Carolina gather in the Holshouser Building on Friday, February 2, 2024 to learn the latest news surrounding tobacco, and hear from industry experts and elected officials. For more details, visit the TGANC Website.

Ag Development Forum

The 19th Annual Ag Development Forum will feature Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler's annual State of Agriculture address, an economic outlook, and other issues facing North Carolina agriculture.

It all starts at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2024 in the Gov. Holshouser Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
For more details, visit Ag Development Forum

Pesticide Continuing Education

On Wednesday January 31 2024 starting at 9:30 am, two free sessions will be held for those seeking continuing education for their NCDA Pesticide License. 

9:30 am
Wednesday, January 31
Holshouser Building

The Latest in Agricultural Spraying
Presented by Clay deGruy, Greenleaf Technologies
This presentation will focus on new methods and technologies in agricultural spraying, and the ideal application uses for these innovations. Topics covered will include Pulse-Width Modulation systems and compatible nozzles, drop systems for in-canopy spraying or fertilizer applications, high-pressure airblast spray systems, drone spraying, and machine assisted spot spraying technologies. (The uses and benefits of conventional spraying will also be discussed.) 
This course has been approved for the following credits by the Pesticide Division of the NC Department of Agriculture:  N,O,D,X

10:45 am
Wednesday, January 31
Holshouser Building

When Turfgrass Management becomes Pests Management
Presented by Grady Miller, NC State University
Seminar attendees will become familiar with the Best Management Practices of NC turfgrasses, both cool- and warm-season species. These concepts can be applied to any turfgrass area. Seminar attendee will be presented with pest management options, primarily focusing on the use of pesticides for managing weeds, insects, and diseases in turfgrasses.  Seminar attendees will learn about the availability of NC State resources related to turfgrass care. (electronic resources).
Lawns are more than attractive recreational spaces for homes and communities; they also serve many useful purposes. And while people enjoy turfgrass areas, so do many pests. This program will provide an overview of some of the BMPs for NC turfgrasses, including turfgrass selection and primary management aspects, before getting into control of some of the common turfgrass pests---insects, diseases, and weeds. This presentation will also introduce to the attendees resources they can use for further investigations.
This course has been approved for the following credits by the Pesticide Division of the NC Department of Agriculture:  L,N,D,X

NC Growers Association Annual Meeting

 The North Carolina Growers Association (NC Growers) will again hold their annual meeting at the Southern Farm Show.  The meeting, which is open to their 750 farmer members, will take place at 1:00pm on Wednesday January 31 in the Holshouser Building.   NC Growers Deputy Director Lee Wicker says the meeting will review the 2023 season and provide members a look ahead to 2024.
Details at NC Growers

Breakfast with the Commissioner

The Breakfast with the Commissioner is held each year to benefit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly.  It’s also held to recognize an outstanding leader in North Carolina agriculture.  The Excellence in Ag Award has honored many prominent ag industry leaders over the years, with this year’s honor going to Danny Kornegay. This year’s breakfast will be held on Friday, February 2 at 7:30 am in the Hoshouser Building.  For details and tickets on the breakfast, contact the Tobacco Farm Life Museum at 919-824-3131, or visit their website at

Wake County Partners in Agriculture Breakfast

Wake County Partners in Agriculture will welcome North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Garey Fox as the speaker for the annual show kickoff breakfast.  It will take place at 7:30am on Wednesday morning, January 31, 2024 in the restaurant of the James B Hunt Horse Complex.  To sign up for the breakfast, please click on this link: Kickoff Breakfast

FSA Workshops

USDA to Present on Farm Service Agency Programs
Specialists from the US Department of Agriculture will be at this year’s show to help farmers understand how to apply for, and benefit from the various programs offered by the Farm Service Agency.  These sessions will take place in the James Martin Building on the opening day of the show, Wednesday, January 31.  There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not required. 
An Overview of USDA Farm Service Agency Price Support and Disaster Assistance Programs
Wednesday at 10 am
Presented by James Davis
Description: In today's world, farmers face various challenges that can impact their livelihoods. From natural disasters to market fluctuations, it can be challenging to maintain a steady income as a farmer. However, the USDA Farm Service Agency's Price Support and Disaster Assistance Programs are designed to help agricultural producers weather these challenges and keep their businesses afloat. In this presentation, James Davis, the Price Support Chief at North Carolina's Farm Service Agency, will provide an overview of these vital programs, including how they work, who is eligible, and what types of assistance they offer. Whether you are a farmer or a stakeholder in the agricultural industry, you won't want to miss this informative and helpful discussion.
Grow Your Farming Business with USDA Farm Service Agency Farm Loans
Wednesday at 11 am
James Martin Building
Presented by Dave Bonnett
Description: Are you a farmer looking to expand your business, increase productivity, or make significant investments in your operations? Join State Farm Loan Specialist Dave Bonnett for an informative session on USDA Farm Service Agency Farm Loans. In this presentation, Dave will provide an in-depth overview of the loan programs available to farmers through the USDA. He will discuss the different types of loans, such as Direct Operating Loans and Farm Ownership Loans, as well as eligibility criteria and application procedures. Dave will also share real-world examples to illustrate how farmers have successfully utilized these loans to improve their businesses.
By the end of this presentation, you'll have a clear understanding of how USDA Farm Service Agency Farm Loans can help you achieve your farming goals and take your business to the next level. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from an expert and get the funding you need to grow your farming enterprise.
Conserving America's Farmland: An Introduction to USDA's Farm Service Agency Conservation Reserve Program
Wednesday at 1 pm
Description: Join us for an educational presentation on the USDA Farm Service Agency's Conservation Reserve Program, led by Starla Harwood, State Agricultural Specialist in Conservation. This program provides financial incentives to farmers and landowners who implement conservation practices on their agricultural land. Learn about the benefits of enrolling in the program, including improving water and air quality, conserving soil, and increasing habitat for wildlife. Discover how the program can help you as a farmer or landowner to maintain and improve the productivity of your land while also supporting conservation efforts. This session will also include information on how to participate in the program, eligibility requirements, and resources available to assist you in the application process. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the CRP and how you can make a positive impact on the environment and your land!
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