FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2014
Contact: Michelle McGinnis, Ph.D., Field Services Section chief
NCDA&CS Agronomic Division
New NCDA&CS regional agronomist
based at Tidewater Research Station
RALEIGH—The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has hired Jacob Searcy as regional agronomist for Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Martin, Pamlico, Tyrrell and Washington counties.
Regional agronomists are part of the Field Services Section of the department’s Agronomic Services Division. They provide advice on crop fertilization, nutrient management, lime needs, soil testing, plant tissue analysis, use of animal wastes and composts, nematode analysis, and testing of source water and nutrient solutions.
“Jacob has seven years of experience with Cooperative Extension in Beaufort and Bertie counties so he is very familiar with Coastal Plain agriculture,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "He will be a knowledgeable resource for growers seeking to optimize crop nutrients or manage plant-parasitic nematodes.”
Searcy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in agricultural extension education from N.C. State University. He has extensive experience with tobacco, vegetable and livestock production as well as landscaping.
To arrange a consultation with Searcy, contact him at 252-503-8438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.