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2010 Impact Report

2010 Northeast Ag Expo Summary


The 2010 Northeast Ag Expo, sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension Agricultural Agents from Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans Counties, is a group effort to bring farmers, agribusiness, and the general public the most up-to-date information on crops, technology, and weather.

Hosted in Gates County, the 2010 Northeast Ag Expo partnered with the NC State Precision Ag Field Day and Local Agribusinesses to provide educational programs on precision agriculture and cotton production in a daylong field day. Five topics, which included Precision Land Preparation, Variable Depth Tillage, Natural Resource and Conservation Service Cost-Share Programs, Economic Benefits of Precision Farming and Precision Cotton Management, were covered as morning classroom presentations. Cotton Tests, Planting with GPS Row Unit Shutoff, Sprayer-Mounted Crop Sensors, GPS Systems and Accuracy, and Variable Rate Seeding were demonstrated in the field on the Umphlett Brothers Farm after the morning sessions.

Monetary support and in-kind donations totaled over $17,530 for the Northeast Ag Expo. Eighteen Agri-vendors estimated a total of $2.5 million of equipment and products were sold as a result of the Expo. Two hundred eighty-seven participants attended the Expo and a total of 46,394 acres of cropland was represented. Twenty-one certified crop advisors received 3.5 credit hours each, as well as, 87 certified pesticide applicators renewed a total of 174 re-certification hours. Twenty-eight and a half percent (28.5%) of those evaluated said they would adopt Extension recommended practices on their farm, as a result of the field day. An economic impact of $817,950 is possible once this group completes the adoption of these Extension recommended practices. The 2011 Northeast Ag Expo represents a total economic impact of $3,317,950.

Thank you for your support of the 2010 Northeast Ag Expo. We hope you can continue to support this event in 2011. The Northeast Ag Expo continues to be a great educational tool for northeast North Carolina.