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Agronomic Services — News Release


Contact: Michelle McGinnis, Ph.D., Field Services Section chief
NCDA&CS Agronomic Division
(919) 733-2655

New regional agronomist assignments
for Catawba and McDowell counties

RALEIGH—All North Carolina growers have access to the advisory services of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services through a regionally based network of agronomists. Recently, the department'sAgronomic Division implemented a change in the assignments of two mountain counties. McDowell County is now part of Region 12, which is handled by Dwayne Tate, and Catawba County is now part of Region 14, which is covered by Steve Dillon.

Tate, who will now cover Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Berea College in Kentucky. He has significant experience conducting agricultural field and research studies at N.C. State University and at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station and Extension Center in Mills River.

Dillon, who will now cover Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Henderson, Lincoln, Polk, Rutherford, Transylvania counties, holds a master’s degree in soil science from N.C. State University. He has worked as an agronomist with the department since 1998.

Regional agronomists provide advice on crop fertilization, nutrient management, lime needs, soil testing, plant tissue analysis, use of animal wastes and composts, nematode assay, and testing of source water and nutrient solutions.

Growers can arrange a consultation by contacting the appropriate agronomist directly. Tate can be reached at 828-443-5281 or at Dillon can be reached at 704-276-1989 or at


Last Update February 3, 2014



NCDA&CS Agronomic Services Division, Colleen M. Hudak-Wise, Ph.D., Director
Mailing Address: 1040 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1040
Physical Address: 4300 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh NC 27607-6465
Phone: (919) 733-2655; FAX: (919) 733-2837