After running a 75-year-old farming operation, a person gains a wealth of knowledge of “how to grow their operation and what not to do.” Trey Liverman is a third-generation farmer in Columbia, North Carolina. His operation produces cucumbers, potatoes, cotton, corn, wheat, sorghum, and soybeans.
Trey graduated from N.C. State University with degrees in Ag Business Management and General Agricultural. In addition to running a family farm, he also works as a seed dealer for Coastal AgroBusiness. Not one to shy away from an opportunity to serve, Trey has volunteered with many groups in his community, including the NCSPA. Trey feels honored to be on the NCSPA board. He enjoys sharing ideas with the farming community and engaging with our representatives to relay how a local NC farm operates. He also appreciates the knowledge and experience that is gleaned from in-depth conversations with other growers.
Trey recognizes the challenges that face North Carolina agriculture. One challenge that he sees continuing to grow is urban sprawl and the loss of farmland in our state. He makes the point, however, that “Farmers tend to be the eternal optimist and it is a necessary mindset for our industry. I’m eager to see what the future of agriculture will hold for us on a local, regional, national, and global level.”
In the limited spare time that he enjoys, Trey can be found duck hunting with Percy, his four-legged sidekick, or boating and golfing when the weather permits. A man of many talents, Trey also leads the worship band at his church.