FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014
Contact: Michelle McGinnis, Ph.D., Field Services Section chief
NCDA&CS Agronomic Division
New NCDA&CS regional agronomist for Rocky Mount area
RALEIGH—The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has hired Mike Wilder to help growers in Edgecombe, Franklin, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, Vance and Warren counties manage nutrient-related crop issues. Wilder, a resident of Franklin County, comes to the department from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service.
“We’re pleased to have Mike Wilder join our staff,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “His broad range of experience and familiarity with regional concerns will make him a valuable resource for growers seeking advice on how to optimize crop nutrition and yield.”
Wilder holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education with a minor in agricultural engineering from N.C. State University. He has served many years as an agricultural agent with Nash County Cooperative Extension. He is also a licensed pesticide applicator, a certified plant professional and a former registered landscape contractor.
Regional agronomists provide advice on crop fertilization, nutrient management, lime needs, soil testing, plant tissue analysis, use of animal wastes and composts, nematode assay, and testing of source water and nutrient solutions. Growers interested in arranging a consultation with Wilder can contact him at 919-495-7495 or at email@example.com.