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Ag Development Forum
Thursday, February 2, 2017
9:30 am – 12:30 pm


9:30 a.m.

Steven W. Troxler

Pledge of Allegiance
State 4-H Council and NC FFA
2017 Economic Outlook

Dr. Michael L. Walden
Williams Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor
North Carolina State University

Dr. Blake Brown
Hugh C. Kiger Professor and Extension Economist
Agriculture and Resource Economics
North Carolina State University

The View from D.C.: A Few Things to Watch

Ray Starling
Chief of Staff
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis

The Importance of Agriculture in Emergency Response

Ms. Sharron Stewart
Director, Emergency Programs, NCDA&CS

Mr. Craig Levy
Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer, FEMA

Mr. Michael Sprayberry
Director, North Carolina Emergency Management

Mr. Kevin Harvell
Region 2 Regional Forester, North Carolina Forest Service, NCDA&CS

Mr. Travis Ruff
Camp Director, Youth Offenders Forest Conservation Program, North Carolina Forest Service, NCDA&CS

Mr. Allen Nicholas
Forest Supervisor, National Forests in North Carolina
United States Forest Service

Contributions of Faith Communities after Disaster
Mr. Richard Brunson
Director, North Carolina Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission
Preview of Afternoon Session
Mr. Gus Simmons
Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh & Associates, P.A.

Exporter of the Year Award

Commissioner Troxler

State of Agriculture Address
Commissioner Troxler
12:30 p.m.
*This is a draft agenda and is subject to change.

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