No Farmer Left Behind!
July 20th, 2017 by Jason Salter
What a busy couple of weeks! I spend most days touring farms and working with local agriculturalists. From local farms, to NCSU Poultry Science and Bayer Crop, and now back to more local farms, I am making sure that I do not leave anyone out. There has been, and remains to be, a huge disconnect between agriculture and consumers. In my county one reason is geography. When most people think of Carteret County they are probably planning a vacation at the beach, not discussing agriculture. Even the locals, the ones that were born and raised here, have no idea the types of production operations that exist right here in our back yards. Our land is a long spread out 500 square miles, from Stella to Cedar Island, with lots of agriculture happening everyday. This summer I have had the opportunity to visit many of these sites and begin to develop a network of partners that are more than willing to help close the gap. Communication is the key and most people involved in agriculture are ready to show off their hard work. For example, on Monday, July 17 I had the opportunity to tour several facilities although with the agricultural education teachers and students from West Carteret and Croatan. From research facilities at NOAA, to a CSA operation, to NCSU Marine Aquaculture Facility, to Marshallberg Farms, to Precision Agriculture at Open Grounds Farm, we saw a little bit of it all.