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Thursday, 02 December 2021 18:04

Mountaire Farms hosts Top Grower banquet

CANDOR, NC – December 2, 2021 -- Mountaire Farms, the nation’s fourth largest poultry  producer, recently held its annual Top Grower Banquet in West End, N.C., to honor those family farmers who are the superstars of animal production.  

With more than 500 contract growers spread across 17 counties in North Carolina, this event  was held to honor all the hard-working men and women who are helping Mountaire feed the world.  

The company presented the “Top Grower” awards to farmers who consistently outperform  everyone else. Six are selected from the growers who raise chicken for the company’s Lumber Bridge processing plant, and six are selected from the growers who raise chicken for the  company’s Siler City processing plant.  

Top Growers for Mountaire in 2021 include:  

  • Clucka Berry Farm, owned by Richard Barry, located in Dillon County, SC has been a contract  grower for Mountaire Farms since September of 2019. 
  • Jerusalem Farm, owned by Colon Roberts, located in Bladen County, NC has been a contract  grower for Mountaire Farms since August of 2006. 
  • Terry & Sally Farm, owned by Terry Locklear, located in Robeson County, NC has been a  contract grower for Mountaire Farms since August of 2005. 
  • Foghorn Farm, owned by Kendrick Eason, located in Bladen County, NC has been a contract  grower for Mountaire Farms since August of 2015. 
  • Smyrna Farm, owned by Wang Xiong, located in Scotland County, NC has been a contract  grower of Mountaire Farms since October of 2007. 
  • Bethlehem Farm, owned by Colon Roberts, located in Bladen County, NC has been a contract  grower for Mountaire Farms since November of 2018.
  • Valley View Farm, owned by Richard Craig Macon, located in Randolph County, NC has been a contract grower for Mountaire Farms since March of 2012. 
  • Pat Street Farm, owned by Pat Street, located in Chatham County, NC has been a contract grower for Mountaire Farms since July of 1989. 
  • Tony Harris Farm, owned by Tony Harris, located in Moore County, NC has been a contract grower for Mountaire Farms since March of 2022. 
  • Hillside Roost Farm, owned by Justin Brooks, located in Chatham County, NC has been a contract grower for Mountaire Farms since July of 2013. 
  • Asbill Farm, owned by Darren Asbill, located in Randolph County, NC has been a contract grower for Mountaire Farms since June of 2016.  
  • Jay Simpson Farm, owned by Jay Simpson, located in Randolph County, NC has been a contract grower for Mountaire Farms since June 1996. 

The company also presented an “Environmental Stewardship Award” to a Robeson County grower for promoting sustainable practices and conserving natural resources. This year’s winner was Shu Zhen Zheng of Song Farm, who has been a grower with Mountaire since September of 2019. Jackie Lou received the award on behalf of Zheng. Zheng invested $4.5 million in 8,000 solar panels on 4 acres of land, which is scheduled to cover the total electrical costs of the farm by summer of 2022.  

“Some growers just get it, and Mr. Zheng is one of those growers,” said Jim Shepard, Vice  President of Live Operations for Mountaire Farms. “He’s proving that renewable energy is a  viable option for poultry farmers, and his attention to detail on his farm is exemplary. He works  hard to maintain the roads on his property, so his land not only looks good, but it’s also safer  for our feed delivery drivers too.”  

The Mountaire “Ambassador Award” goes to the contract grower who has done an outstanding  job representing the culture of Mountaire Farms within the community. This year’s award went to Russell and Charles Caudill, co-owners of C&R Caudill Farm. A Mountaire grower for 34 years, Mr. Caudill is a great representative for the company and the industry. He’s a mentor to many other farmers in the area and works closely with the U.S. military at Fort Bragg.  

“There is no better cheerleader for Mountaire in the community, and we’re blessed to have him on our team,” Mirande said. “His years of knowledge and experience are an invaluable resource for other growers in his community.” 

The company also honors those growers who made the most improvements and shown dedication to becoming a better poultry farmer. 

This year’s Most Improved growers include:  

  • Bonnie’s Poultry, Lacy Cummings, Robeson County, NC has been a contract grower for  Mountaire Farms since September of 2005. 
  • SK Farm, Steve Nguyen, Scotland County, NC has been a contract grower for Mountaire Farms  since July of 2018. 
  • Triple C Farm, Travis Cox, Randolph County, NC has been a contract grower for Mountaire  Farms since May of 2012. 
  • Southern Pride, Sheila McInnis, Richmond County, NC has been a contract grower since  February of 2011. 
  • Cherokee 1, Charles Smith, Hoke County, NC has been a contract grower since September of  2003. 
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Friday, 19 November 2021 18:05

Annual Ellerbe parade kicks off Farm-City Week

ELLERBE — The kick-off for Thanksgiving starts with tractors rolling down Main Street for the annual Farmers Day Parade.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun issuing approximately $270 million in payments to contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry who applied for Pandemic Assistance. Earlier this year, USDA’s Farm Service Agency identified gaps in assistance including in the initial proposal to assist contract growers. In August, USDA released the improved program for contract producers to fill these gaps, providing support as part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.  

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RALEIGH — More mental health support will be available to farmers and ranchers thanks to a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to expand the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network-NC.

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RALEIGH – County governments and nonprofit groups may now apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund for farmland preservation projects. Applicants have until Friday, Dec. 17, to apply.

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STATESVILLE —The Farm Credit Associations of NC are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Innovative Young Farmer of the Year Award given by the Tobacco Farm Life Museum and sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina.

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RALEIGH — Agricultural producers in North Carolina can now signup to receive free email and text messages directly from their local U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center for information related to loans, farm disaster assistance, conservation programs, crop insurance and other USDA programs.

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Friday, 17 September 2021 12:30

Troxler names Foote as new Plant Industry director

RALEIGH — Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today named William “Bill” Foote of Cary as the new director of the Plant Industry Division in the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Foote replaces Phil Wilson, who is retiring at the end of September after 37 years with the department.

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RALEIGH – Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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WASHINGTON  —The U.S. Department of Agriculture is updating the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for contract producers of eligible livestock and poultry and producers of specialty crops and other sales-based commodities. CFAP 2, which assists producers who faced market disruptions in 2020 due to COVID-19, is part of USDA’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency has set an Oct. 12 deadline for all eligible producers to apply for or modify applications for CFAP 2. 

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