The 2016 Northeast Ag Expo (ncneagexpo.com) on July 28 at the Lynn Hobbs farm in Hobbesville was a great event for learning and for seeing lots of our friends. Thanks to the staff from the five counties for a thoughtful agenda and for finding such a well-tended location.
Just to name a few of the many folks that Laura, Katherine and I saw: Matt Leary (Chowan Co.), Jared Harrell and Katy Shook (area agents), Al Wood (Pasquotank Co.), Austin Brown (Camden Co.) — thanks for all your work! Bob Sutter from the N.C. Peanut Growers Association, Clyde Bogle from the Upper Coastal Plain research station, Mac Gibbs, Mike Barber from Perdue, Dr. Carl Crozier, Rod Gurganus (he looked like he was working.) And there were many more!
The tours hit on four topics: (1) double crop soybean / wheat, with Dr. Jim Dunphy and Dr. David Holshouser from VA Tech., (2) forest land management with the N.C. Forest Service county ranger Scott Sheets, (3) peanut variety demos with Dr. David Jordan, and (4) cotton variety demonstrations with Dr. Guy Collins.
Also good to see soybean board directors Ben Moses Jr. (along with Ben Moses Sr.), Jessica Burgess (with her dad) and Ken Bartlett, who drove all the way from Lenoir County. Yes, it was 100 degrees, but nobody cared. Great lunch, great program, great location, lots of good friends.