Got To Be NC April Newsletter

NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Page 2 Got To Be NC April 2019

News Bites

Bailee Arnold, a new mom from Vanceboro, was named one of three 2019 Pig Farmers of Tomorrow by the National Pork Board. The award recognizes farm leaders, ages 18-29, who intend to make pig farming their life’s work and who are committed to raising pigs using the pork industry’s We Care SM ethical principles .

The winners will speak at Pork Checkoff events and provide content on #RealPigFarming, which is the pork industry’s social media program.

Arnold is a sow farm manager for Goldsboro Milling. She manages nine employees to provide care for sows and piglets on her farm near Goldsboro.

Tastin’ Jamaican Caribbean Style Salsa ’s Lethal SE! salsa took first, second and third place in the 2019 Hot Pepper Awards in the Smoky, Pepper Blend X-Hot, and Sweet & Savory categories respectively. They were also voted the best salsa in the WRAL 2018 Voters’ Choice Awards for Local Artisan Goods. The Fussell family of Rose Hill, who own Duplin Winery , were honored with a Winners Circle award during the Visit North Carolina 365 Conference on Tourism in Wilmington.

Steven Ceccarelli, owner of Farm Fresh Produce, Inc.(Faison), who is a Canadian immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen, has been named the 2019 SBA North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year. Southern Grace Distilleries brought home a gold medal for its Conviction Small Batch Bourbon at the New Orleans Bourbon Festival in the Best Bourbon Under 4 Years category. “Whole Hog BBQ: The Gospel of Carolina Barbecue with Recipes from Skylight Inn and Sam Jones BBQ” is now available for pre-order and will publish May 7 .

Steven Ceccarelli was named 2019 SBA North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year. Photo credit: WCTI 12

BrightFarms , a New York-based sustainable produce company that finances, builds, and operates hydroponic greenhouse farms in partnership with supermarkets, is expanding into the Greensboro market. The company is expected to grow more than 2 million pounds of produce a year. Their website claims their “produce is grown locally, picked at the height of freshness and delivered to supermarkets with 24 hours!” Each of BrightFarms’ existing greenhouses reaches a radius of about 200 miles and services anywhere from 300-400 retail stores. Small-scale poultry producers, who currently or may want to process their birds in the future, are asked to fill out an online survey at https://tinyurl.com/PoultryFarms before April 15 . C onfidential results of the survey will be used to identify how N.C. Cooperative Extension can help small-scale producers be profitable and produce a safe meat product that can continue to be sold in the state. The N.C. Agritourism Networking Association reports membership is up 52 percent this year over last year. The association recently offered two new programs to its members. The first is a T-shirt cooperative buying program where members can order USA-grown cotton and locally made T-shirts in popular colors with low minimums and set-up costs. The association also launched Flat Farmer, a curriculum-based engaging educational program to encourage school visits to member farms.

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