Amy-Lynn Albertson: Nickels to Know How and much more
Published Saturday 12 November 2022 00:00
By Amy Lynn Albertson
NC cooperative extension
November 13-16 is Farm City Week in Rowan County. Farm City Week is the week we celebrate the farms that bring us food, fiber and fuel. North Carolina Agriculture serves you three times a day. Rowan County is home to 925 farms with an average size of 129 acres. 97% of our farms are family owned and operated. During Farm City Week, organizations across the country will recognize farmers and ranchers with educational forums, social media campaigns and local events. Your contributions supplement the economy with jobs while ensuring bountiful harvests to feed our people. From the crops and livestock we eat to textiles, farmers meet demand in almost every sector of the country. Farmers also benefit from urban centers. Merchants, restaurants, grocers, producers and more ensure expanded uses of the agricultural product. Whether they provide consumers with food, medicine or textiles, they have an economic impact on their cities and rural communities. During Farm City Week, we honor the Rowan County Conservation Farm Family of the Year, the Wallers. Bobby and Sue Waller, Coty and his wife Amanda, and children Klayton, Cole and Knox farm 2,200 acres of wheat, corn, barley and soybeans. Their farm began as a dairy in 1948 and transitioned to row crops in 2006 — the Wallers practice conservation efforts like cover crops, greened waterways, and prescription fertility. Coty is a fourth generation farmer and a West Rowan FFA graduate. The Wallers will be honored at the Rowan County Annual Farm City Conservation Banquet on November 17 at the Rowan County Agricultural Center, sponsored by the Rowan County Soil and Water District and the Rowan County Cooperative Extension.
Also during Farm City Week is the Nickels for Know-How referendum. Nickels for Know-How is a 71-year-old program that provides a voluntary assessment of feed and fertilizers produced and purchased in North Carolina. The money is raised and deposited with the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc., which uses the funds to support research, teaching and extension projects at NC State University. All feed and fertilizer users in North Carolina will receive three nickels per ton in support of the program. Nickels for Know-How funds help rural agriculture students get to and stay in NC State. The CALS Spend a Day in the State program, Student Ambassadors program, agricultural teacher training workshops, on-campus internships and annual scholarships are all funded by Nickels. This program provides operational support to the NC Cooperative Extension Agriculture Programs Foundation, NC 4-H Development Fund, NC FFA Foundation, NC Family and Consumer Sciences & Extension and Community Association Foundation, NC Dairy Foundation, and the Board of JC Raulston Arboretum of Directors. Nickels supports soft commodity, governance and legislative efforts through its support of agricultural awareness campaigns. These are just a few of the ways Nickels for Know-How supports North Carolina farmers and agribusinesses. Help continue these good works by voting on November 17 at the Rowan County Extension Center at 2727-A Old Concord Road, Salisbury. Nickels for Know-How raises approximately $1.4 million annually. That’s about $40 per farm for research. By supporting Nickels for know-how, a good cause grows!
Amy-Lynn Albertson is the director of Rowan County Extension.