NC A&T State University Recognizes Small Farmers

North Carolina A&T State University carries National Ag Week one step further with Small Farms Week, getting underway on Monday, March 25. Dr. M. Ray McKinnie, Associate Dean and Administrator for Cooperative Extension Program for NC A&T State University:

“For the Small Farms Week we will have the kick off on Monday, which is hosted by the county of the previous years ‘Small Farmer of the Year’. So this year it will be in Bladen County.

The theme this year is Tools for the Next Generation. We want to look at how we can attract young people to come into agriculture.

Wednesday will be Small Farmer Appreciation Day, where we will have a key note speaker and then the naming of the 2013 Farmer of the Year. There is a committee that is put together to select that person, they are looking for what types of business they are involved in, their involvement with extension and the community activities. We look at the opportunity for profitability for the farm. They will also make a site visit and walk through their farming system.

We would like to encourage people to come out and be a part of the activities.”

Dr. M Ray McKinnie, Associate Dean and Administrator for Cooperative Extension at NC A&T State University 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.