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"They are searching for someone to buy
it and a lot of times it's word of mouth,"
said Ross, who has degrees from North
Carolina A&T State University and N.C.
State University. "Sometimes you will hit
a lick and get a nice price for your pigs
but you can't count on that every time."

AGENTS ARE TEAM PLAYERS
Knowles had his own early issues starting out as a livestock agent after graduating from N.C. Wesleyan with a degree in
environmental science.

"I was kind of a young person in
regards to farm owners and dealing
with older, well-established people,"
he said. "So my biggest thing was going
in and speaking to people respectfully
and letting them know we are all on the
same team."
James Hartsfield is an extension
agent from N.C. A&T and deals with
more limited resource producers in the
Sampson area.
The small scale producers do very
well in upscale restaurants that seek

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special-raised pork that demand higher
prices. It's tougher, however, because
they do not have contracts with large
producers.
"Small scale, some of those guys grow
(less than 250 hogs)," Hartsfield said.
"They are growing them on the ground."
But Sampson agents take the same
pride in helping farmers.
Paul Gonzalez works with hog owners in Sampson County with the hay
crops but focuses primarily on cattle
and other areas.
"Our producers are pretty good
about doing things the way they need
to be done," he said. "We are mainly a
Bermuda grass system. It will utilize a lot
of nitrogen. Under ideal conditions it will
yield six tons or better in a year, and a
year for Bermuda is basically mid-March
thru about August. So you are talking
about four months (for harvesting)."
Gonzalez's biggest worry is making
sure the grass is right, which can get
tricky with weed and other grass control.
The fields are inspected for content.
"It has all got to work together," he
said. "They can only put out so much
nitrogen per year on an acre. They
can't pump in the rain, so sometimes
it is a challenge." But that challenge is

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Fall 2017

Letter From the President
Industry News
Producer Profile
Legislative Update
Profile: Brandon Hartman
Sustained Excellence in Swine Production
Youth News
Pork Checkoff Announces
Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - Intro
NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - cover1
NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - cover2
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NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - 4
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NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - Letter From the President
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NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - Industry News
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NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - Producer Profile
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NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - Legislative Update
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NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - Profile: Brandon Hartman
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NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - Sustained Excellence in Swine Production
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NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - 31
NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - Youth News
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NC Pork Report - Fall 2017 - Pork Checkoff Announces
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