Pride shown in Sampson agriculture


By Eileen Coite - Contributing columnist



Carriage rides were among the many fun events for the young and young at heart during the April 16 Cooperative Extension sponsored Ag Day.


Deborah Johnson, executive director of the N.C. Pork Council talks all things pork with visitors to the booth set up for Ag Day Saturday, April 16.


Eileen Coite


What a fabulous day we had to celebrate agriculture in Sampson County. Of course, every day is an Ag Day when you live here! With a 1.3 billion dollar industry, we certainly have something to be proud of.

During Ag Day, we were able to learn about our top commodities: pork, poultry, tobacco, sweet potatoes, soybeans, wheat, and cattle. We learned how to make nutritious, healthy fruit smoothies and meals. Children learned how to plow a garden, candle an egg, ride a pony, and even touch a non-poisonous snake! They learned what it takes to be as “tough as a farmer” by competing in the contest, coordinated by Hubbs Corn Maze. Speaking of corn, I watched one toddler who was so excited to dig through a bucket of corn, wheat, and soybeans! So many folks from near and far came together to make Sampson Ag Day a success.

From our Cooperative Extension team, we want to extend a heart felt thank you to all who gave their time, their animals, their equipment, their crops, and most of all their knowledge, to share their love for agriculture with our community. We want to thank our local sponsors for their financial contributions, so that we could provide such a fabulous, free event to our citizens. There is no doubt that folks who attended Ag Day 2016 left with a smile on their face, a greater appreciation for agriculture, and for many, a bit more knowledge of what makes Sampson County the #1 Ag county of North Carolina.

We hope you enjoyed the day, and if you missed it this year….plan to join us next time! Enjoy a few of the favorite memories captured throughout the day, and as it’s often said at NC A&T State, please help us share the “Aggie Pride”.

Eileen Coite is the director of the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Center.

By Eileen Coite

Contributing columnist

Carriage rides were among the many fun events for the young and young at heart during the April 16 Cooperative Extension sponsored Ag Day.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_thumbnail_carriage-rides.jpgCarriage rides were among the many fun events for the young and young at heart during the April 16 Cooperative Extension sponsored Ag Day.

Deborah Johnson, executive director of the N.C. Pork Council talks all things pork with visitors to the booth set up for Ag Day Saturday, April 16.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_thumbnail_pork.jpgDeborah Johnson, executive director of the N.C. Pork Council talks all things pork with visitors to the booth set up for Ag Day Saturday, April 16.

Eileen Coite
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Eileen-Coite-1.jpgEileen Coite

Eileen Coite is the director of the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Center.

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