Meet the Board: Benjamin Long

Many producers in North Carolina come from a long line of farmers… not Benjamin Long! Relatively new to the game, Ben is a first-generation farmer who has been raising crops on his land for the past 7 years. Ben’s team of 2 raises soybeans, corn, cotton, and peanuts in Martin County, North Carolina.  Ben went…

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NCSPA Hires a New Executive Director

Dr. Charles Hall of Hillsborough, N.C. has been named Executive Director of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association effective September 19, 2022. Hall previously served as director of animal and aquaculture utilization of the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) where he helped promote the superior qualities of soy meal produced from U.S. soybeans to international…

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Meet the Board: Trey Liverman

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…

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Meet the Board: Reggie Strickland

Deep Roots: A Lineage of Farmers Reggie Strickland comes from a long line of passionate agriculturalists. Though the official start date of the farm is unknown, it may have beginnings dating back to the Civil War. Reggie’s known kin have been operating what is now Strickland Farm since 1861. The farm is located on Hollingsworth…

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Meet the Board: Reggie Baker

The farm started in 1971 and Reggie grew up every day with our entire family on the farm. Reggie got to the farm as fast as possible, actually as soon as he could walk. Currently, the farm raises corn, wheat, soybeans, grain sorghum, hay, and beef cattle. Looking forward to the advancements in the industry,…

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Thank You Teachers!

Teacher Spotlight: Jonathan Riggs The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association would like to congratulate Jonathan Riggs of Farmville Central High School for winning the NCSPA Teacher Appreciation Week Award. Jonathan Riggs received not one, but four nominations from students and peers vouching for the quality of both his work ethic and his character. After meeting…

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Congratulations to the 2021 Yield Contest Winners

After the thoughtful cancellation of the North Carolina joint Commodities Conference last year, 2022 brought with it a deeper appreciation for relationships and the face-to-face connections made at the event this year. In normal fashion, we had the pleasure of announcing the winners of the annual yield contest at Commodity Conference this year. Breaking the…

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Meet the Board: Michael McPherson

Michael McPherson always knew he wanted to be a farmer. His love for agriculture dates all the way back to 1948, which is when his grandfather started the dairy farm that his current operation now sits on. In 1989, the farm transitioned to row crops and hay, with direction from Michael’s father. The farm now…

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America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

For over 10 years, Bayer Fund has been donating grants valuing up to 60 million dollars to various nonprofits, schools, and agricultural youth programs, through a program called “America’s Farmers Grow Communities”. The goal of this program is simply to support rural communities. These grants have been put towards everything from school supplies and educational…

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