FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012
||Gene Cross, director
NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division
Turner promoted to NCDA&CS Seed
and Fertilizer Section administrator
RALEIGH – Danny Turner has been selected as the Seed and Fertilizer Section administrator with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Turner succeeds Eddie Martin, who retired in 2011.
“Ensuring the quality and quantity of seed, fertilizer, lime and other soil additives is critical for our producers, especially as they look to improve crop profitability and sustainability,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Turner understands the business side of farming and has those key technical and leadership skills needed to assist our state’s producers as they make critical decisions regarding crop inputs.”
The NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division is a service and regulatory agency responsible for regulating seed, fertilizer, lime and soil additives to ensure these products meet label guarantees. The division also supports agriculture, horticulture and related industries by providing inspection and export services necessary to facilitate the movement of North Carolina commodities, biological control elements and honey bees. It is also responsible for protecting the state’s rare native plant species.
Turner has served in several field and supervisory roles with the Seed and Fertilizer Section, including most recently as the fertilizer administrator. In addition, he produced tobacco, corn, soybeans and turkeys in Jones County. Turner earned an associate’s degree in field crops and soils from N.C. State University in 1970.
Turner and his wife, Ann, live in Pink Hill and have a grown daughter, Katie, and son-in-law, John.