Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010
State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Dr. Nick Piggott
Nicholas E. Piggott is Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. He specializes in the areas of demand analysis, agricultural markets, applied econometrics, agricultural biotechnology, and risk management. He has conducted nearly 100 workshops and seminars on grain marketing and risk management strategies in North Carolina, nationally, and internationally. He was recently an invited speaker at the 2012 National Farm Bureau meetings. He has been the recipient of numerous national awards for excellence in research and outreach, including awards from the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Food Distribution Research Society. In addition, he has consulted with private firms and federal agencies on the demand for agricultural commodities and commodity promotion, the impacts of agricultural biotechnology, the U.S. livestock industry, and the evaluation of crop insurance products. He has also be an invited witness to congressional hearings on the U.S. agricultural policy and the general state of the farm economy.
Raised on a tobacco farm in Robeson County, Eddie Moore has been in production agriculture all his life. He and his brother Luther own Moore Brothers Ag, a row crop farming operation, and Moore Brothers Beef, an all-natural beef business. He resides in the Wakulla community with his wife Tyra and their four children.
Sally Eason is the CEO of Sunburst Trout Company in Canton, NC. Her company produces approximately 250,000 lbs of trout per year, with the help of 25 employees. During the last ten years, she and her team have launched over a dozen value-added products into the marketplace. She has received national attention for not only their product line, but their way of farming. Their hard work and dedication was rewarded in 2008 by being given the Sustainable Seafood Award in Barcelona. Under Eason’s leadership, Sunburst has been featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator, Cooking Light, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Forbes. Additionally, she has done TV Shows with Bobby Flay and Jacques Pepin. One of her biggest goals for the next five years is to produce an all natural skin care product using the beneficial extraction of her caviar. Sunburst is also exploring the arena of nutraceuticals using the by-products of harvesting, which are currently composted.
Eason works with her husband, Steve, as well as her sons, Wes and Ben, her daughter-in-law, Anna, and her son-in-law, Clay. Her daughter, Katie, just merged into the family business, opening Sunburst’s first retail store. And, the founder of Sunburst, Eason’s father, still comes out to the farm at 88, driving his Prius, which he says is the right thing to do.
Dick McKellogg is the Director of Produce/floral Merchandising at Lowes Foods in Winston-Salem, NC. He has worked in all facets of the retail grocery industry for over 38 years including as an owner/operator. For the past 19 years he has been with Lowes Foods.
He has served on the retail board of the Produce Marketing Association and also on the board and education committee of the Southeast Produce Council.
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