I was raised in the city and am now married to the farm. By day I am a Marketing Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. In the evening I am a farm wife and mother.

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Women in Ag: When the Barn Burns

Smoke.  The shrill alarm of a fire truck.  These are sights and sounds no tobacco farmer wants to see or hear during harvest season.  
Two weeks ago friends heard and saw just that when they lost three bulk barns to a fire.  Fire claimed one of My Farmer’s barns years ago.  Several years ago we got the call that a neighbor’s barns were on fire.  I still remember the sight of firefighters scrambling to put out the blaze, pulling the metal boxes full of cured crop out of the barn to extinguish any flames.  
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Women in Ag: Halt! Who Goes There?

One Sunday while driving to scout our fields, I noticed that the power poles in one field had purple paint on them. “Why are those poles painted?” I asked. Turns out I was getting ready for a lesson on trespassing.

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Women in Ag: The Crack of the Bat

Baseball season is in full swing and I think most people recognize the sound of a bat as it connects with the ball.  You can thank agriculture (and the player at bat) for this signature sound.

Usually when I hear conversations about agriculture the discussion involves food (fruits, vegetables, grains, livestock) and occasionally fiber (cotton).  Rarely do I hear agriculture and forestry mentioned in the same breath but the truth is that forestry is a huge part of our industry.

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Women in Ag: When the Rain Doesn't Come

When the rain doesn’t come, they work twice as hard on the farm, which I didn’t think was possible.

When the rain doesn’t come, the crops can’t take advantage of the nutrients and fertilizer in the soil.

When the rain doesn’t come, we worry if the seedlings will emerge, if the transplants will survive, and if the crop will produce.

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Women in Ag: Dear Little Tikes

Dear Little Tikes,

My son received one of your turtle sandboxes for Christmas two years ago. He loves his sandbox and is happy spending hours moving sand around in it.

I would like to make one suggestion that I think many of your customers would benefit from. See, we are farmers and live in the country. I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo, but one of our fields is less than 20 feet from the sandbox.

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Women in Ag: The Flowers Must Go

I love flowers.  I love working in my yard and adding flowers to my landscape.  In my yard, flowers are acceptable.  But not so much on our farm.

If left alone, tobacco will produce flowers.  I think the flowers are beautiful, but they have to be removed.  The earlier they are removed, the better.  If the plant is allowed to reach full flower, the plant will start losing yield quickly. 

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