NCSU to Gather Growers Group in Kannapolis
Representatives of North Carolina farmers and growers will gather Thursday, March 25, at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis to discuss a state-supported network of "local food systems" in which local farmers would partner to supply local markets and restaurants.
That's among the topics to be considered when the Kannapolis-based North Carolina State University Program for Value-Added Alternative Agriculture hosts the Agricultural Advancement Consortium.
The consortium is operated under the auspices of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center and its 23-member board, which includes large and small farmers, representatives of other agribusinesses and leaders of state and local government and almost every major agricultural group in the state.
The General Assembly created the consortium in 2000 to develop a shared vision for farming in North Carolina and to coordinate prudent actions to improve farming's long-term vitality.
Billy Guillet, the consortium's director, said members are looking forward to hearing about research and initiatives supported by the Valued-Added Program which, along with the university's Plants for Human Health Institute, are part of the larger research venture involving Dole Foods owner David Murdock, the University of North Carolina System, Duke University and a growing number of private companies.
Blake Brown, Ph.D., director of the Value-Added Program in Kannapolis, also serves on the Agricultural Advancement Consortium and invited the group to visit the Research Campus.