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Ag Forum will offer economic and policy outlook Jan. 31 at State Fairgrounds

The economic and policy outlook for North Carolina agriculture will be on the agenda at the eighth annual Ag Development Forum Thursday, Jan. 31, at the State Fairgrounds.

The forum will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holshouser Building. Dr. Nick Piggott, an agricultural economist at N.C. State University, will be the keynote speaker.

The forum also will feature Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual State of Agriculture address, and representatives of N.C. agribusinesses will share stories of how they succeeded in bringing local foods to market.

“Winter is a time when farmers plan for the year, and we want to load them up with plenty of information they can use to make decisions,” Troxler said. “This forum is designed not just for farmers, but also for agribusinesses and others with an interest in the continued success of North Carolina agriculture.”

Admission to the forum is free, and lunch will be provided. Registration is requested by Jan. 25. To register, go to . Individuals with questions may contact Chrissy Waggett at 919-707-3008.

The forum is sponsored by Matkins Meats, Carolina Packers and Chaudhry Halal Meats. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.