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MONDAY, JULY 7, 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 Tuesday

Equipment will go to Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin counties
WHO/WHAT: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and officials with the N.C. Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation will announce the arrival of five no-till grass drills that will be distributed to the soil and water districts in Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Farmers in those districts will be able to rent the drills to re-seed pastures damaged by drought.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 8, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Claude Shew Jr.’s farm, 955 Dellaplane Road, Roaring River

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 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.

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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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