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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 14th annual Breakfast with the Commissioner on Friday, February 1th 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. Pender Sharp for his years of service to agriculture and the state of North Carolina.
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

NC Agricultural Development Forum

Thursday, January 31st, 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 1st 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.

Kickoff Breakfast to focus on Green Infrastructure

Debbie Hamrick, Director of Specialty Crops for the NC Farm Bureau Federation,
will help get the 2019 show started on Wednesday morning January 30.  She'll be the featured speaker for the Wake County Agribusiness Council's Kickoff Breakfast, which will take place at 7:30 am in the Hunt Horse Complex restaurant at the NC State Fairgrounds. 
Hamrick will speak about Green infrastructure as the new marketing opportunity for horticultural producers. She will provide a deeper understanding of the positive role that plants play in urban landscapes based on scientific research. She’ll also talk about the regulatory and economic drivers of green infrastructure implementation and how some horticultural crops producers are pursuing this vital new sector.
Hamrick joined the NC Farm Bureau Federation in 2004. Through her work as the Director of Specialty Crops, she travels the state to interact with the network of support for farming and agriculture businessmen and women. She’s recognized as a connector and convener within the agricultural and specialty crops community. Debbie’s resume includes business start-ups within the publishing, online retail and meeting fields. Much of her earlier career was spent in trade publishing within the international floriculture industry where she founded FloraCulture International, a magazine serving the commercial industry across five continents for 29 years.
For more details on the breakfast, and to buy and tickets, contact Dale Threatt-Taylor at 919-250-1068.
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