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New agronomists hired for northeastern, central regions

Carla Pugh and Josh Mays have recently been named regional agronomists.

Pugh works with growers in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

Mays works with growers in Anson, Guilford, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph and Richmond counties.

“We’re pleased to have Carla join our staff,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Her broad range of experience and familiarity with regional agricultural issues will make her a valuable resource for growers seeking advice on how to increase crop nutrition and yield.”

Pugh served as an agricultural extension agent for Tyrrell and surrounding counties from 2004 through 2008, where she covered field and horticultural crops. She joins the department after eight years with the N.C. Department of Transportation, where she worked with erosion and sediment control projects.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from N.C. State University in agricultural business, with a minor in horticultural science. Pugh also earned an engineering degree and has completed a number of master’s-level courses in crop science.

Mays holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and professional service from N.C. A&T State University and a turf management degree from N.C. State University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in agricultural education and professional service from N.C. A&T.

“Josh’s previous work experience at the Sandhills Research Station, as well as working as a consultant in the eastern part of the state, has given him a great deal of experience with the diverse horticultural and field crops and soil types in this region,” Troxler said. “He will be a knowledgeable resource for growers seeking advice on improving crop nutrition or managing plant-parasitic nematodes.”

Regional agronomists are part of the Field Services Section of the department’s Agronomic Services Division. They provide advice on crop fertilization, nutrient management, lime needs, soil testing, plant tissue analysis, use of animal wastes and composts, nematode analysis, and testing of source water and nutrient solutions.

Growers interested in arranging consultations can contact Pugh at 252-944-5929 or at; or Mays at 910-973-0421 or at

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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