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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2008

CONTACT: Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242

Bill Yarborough, regional agronomist
NCDA&CS Agronomic Division
(828) 507-2273 (cell)

Ag Commissioner, Soil and Water Foundation to announce arrival
of pasture-renovation drills Thursday in Waynesville

WHO/WHAT: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and officials with the N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation will announce the arrival of the first load of no-till grass drills that will be distributed to 25 soil and water districts across the state. Farmers in those districts will be able to rent the drills to re-seed pastures damaged by drought.
WHEN: Thursday, May 29, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Mountain Research Station, 265 Test Farm Road, Waynesville

Earlier this month, the Council of State approved a request from Commissioner Troxler to allocate $370,800 to the Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation to purchase 25 no-till grass drills.

Twenty-five soil and water districts across the state will each receive a drill. The foundation selected districts based on need and pasture acreage.

The first five drills will be delivered to the Mountain Research Station for distribution to the soil and water districts in Buncombe, Caldwell, Lincoln, Madison and Rutherford counties. Twenty additional drills will be distributed to soil and water districts across the state in June.

The 2007 drought cut hay production by nearly 40 percent and devastated pastures across the state.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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