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returning to my O NCPC member Bill Hawkins shares his background, farm operation, family and history of his fulfilling farming career. a Bit of a BaCkground I grew up on a farm located in Cove City, North Carolina, in Craven County. On this farm tobacco was the primary crop. As did most farms in the area, we also raised corn, soybeans and had a small number of hogs, cattle and chickens. Despite coming up on this type of farm, livestock and poultry operations always interested me. PHOTO bY FLORa bELLa PHOTOgRaPHY, KinSTOn, nC by Bill Hawkins ur Farm iS loCated iN deeP ruN, North Carolina, and operates as Trent Farms Inc. Our operation consists of hogs, turkeys and cattle. We began with the turkeys in 1984, and added the hogs and cattle in 1991. We have six finishing floors where we place 5,400 pigs contracted with J.C. Howard Farms. The Howards are not only our business partner but our neighbors as well. We can look from our home and see the mill that manufactures the feed for our pigs. In addition, we have six turkey houses where we place approximately 27,000 toms contracted with Butterball. We have a cow/ calf cattle operation consisting of 60 brood cows. We do no crop farming except pasture and hay for the cattle. 2 4 | S ummER 2016 | NC PORK RE PORT | NCPORK.ORG http://www.NCPORK.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Summer 2016

Letter From the President
Industry News
The Babe Ruth of BBQ
Ncpc Contributing to Agriculture’s Next Generation of Leaders Through Warren Fellows Program
NCPC Profile: Returning to My Farming Roots
Sharing the Story of NC’s Hard-Working Farmers
Honoring Game-Changers in NC Agriculture
NCPC 2016 Scholarship Recipients
Advertiser Index
Youth Livestock Scholarships Awarded

NC Pork Report - Summer 2016