FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008
Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242
Ag Commissioner, Soil and Water Foundation to announce arrival
of pasture-renovation drills Wednesday in Reidsville
|| Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and officials with the N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation will announce the arrival of a load of no-till grass drills that will be distributed to five soil and water districts in the Piedmont. Farmers in those districts will be able to rent the drills to re-seed pastures damaged by drought.
|| Wednesday, June 18, 11 a.m.
|| Upper Piedmont Research Station, 1944 Wentworth St., Reidsville
In May, 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 are each receiving a drill. The five drills delivered to the Upper Piedmont Research Station are for the soil and water districts in Davidson, Guilford, Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties. The foundation selected districts based on need and pasture acreage.
The 2007 drought cut hay production by nearly 40 percent and devastated pastures across the state. The no-till drills should help speed up pasture renovation and recovery.