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Media Advisory

TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2022

CONTACT: Andrea Ashby, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs, 919-218-7048

Ag Forum on Thursday will focus on ag economy;
Commissioner Troxler will deliver State of Agriculture address

WHO/WHAT:  The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting its 16th annual Agricultural Development Forum in conjunction with theSouthern Farm Show.The forum will include a 2022 economic outlook, a panel discussion on increasing the meat and seafood processing capacity of smaller, local processors in the state, and a presentation on the fertilizer market – which has seen steep increases in prices this season. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will also present the Exporter of the Year award and deliver his annual State of Agriculture address.

Thursday,Feb. 3,9:30 a.m.
Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh




  • 9:30 a.m. –Welcome by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler
  • 9:40 -2022 Economic Outlook – Dr. Blake Brown, Hugh C. Kiger Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University
  • 10:30 -IMPEC and its Impact – Seth Church - Wilkes Abattoir, Kristi Mitchell - M.L. Mitchell, Doug Cross -Pamlico Packing, Rob Mayo - Carolina Classic Seafood; Moderator – Joe Hampton – Retired, NCDA&CS
  • 10:40 -Making Sense Out of Today’s Fertilizer Market - Harry Vroomen, Vice President of Economic Services - The Fertilizer Institute
  • 11:25 -Exporter of the Year Award
  • 11:40 -Homes in the Hometowns –Musical performance byPaige King Johnson – Got to be NC Partnership, introduced by Commissioner Steve Troxler
  • Noon - State of Agriculture Address

*All times are approximate.




NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Andrea Ashby, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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