November 27, 2013
The economy of Duplin County is dependent upon several sectors of businesses and industries, and employs our workforce in a varied array of careers. One of the major drivers of the county’s and regional economy is agriculture and James Sprunt Community College offers many related curriculum courses to train and educate the local workforce. JSCC offers workforce relevant programs such as Agribusiness Technology and Applied Animal Science Technology with a concentration in Swine Management, which prepare students for real jobs in their hometowns.
In collaboration with Duplin County Schools, our high school students have the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture as well as taking college level courses through the Agribusiness Career Academy. The Academy is a pathway to available agribusiness careers within our local workforce for students.
Murphy Brown and Smithfield Foods have demonstrated their support for James Sprunt Community College and its students through educational endowments, scholarships and major grants to help develop new educational training programs such as our new diesel mechanics training program. Moreover, our local pork producing companies provide career opportunities for our graduates.
Recently, local pork producers have come under attack by out-of-state attorneys, seeking to enrich themselves at the expense of our local farmers and economy. It is my opinion that it is unethical for these attorneys to prey upon local law abiding farmers who have done nothing wrong.
Our local pork companies and their pork producers are dedicated to protecting the environment. They are leaders in the industry and set the standard for preserving the environment and implementing sustainable agricultural practices.
Murphy Brown and Smithfield Foods have demonstrated their commitment to sound environmental management by going beyond compliance with current legal requirements. They have developed and implemented a number of technological innovations in animal genetics, feed formulation, facility design, husbandry practices, and enhanced practices for land and nutrient management.
James Sprunt Community College values the relationship we have developed with Murphy-Brown. This relationship is mutually beneficial to our institution, to our students at JSCC and to the overall economic well being of our community, our region, and our state
Lawrence L. Rouse, Ed. D