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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting Ag Awareness Day. Farmers, agribusiness leaders and agriculture supporters will attend to show their support for North Carolina’s No. 1 industry and to thank legislators for passing the $240 million Hurricane Florence Ag Disaster Relief package. Participants will meet with legislators and attend a program in Bicentennial Plaza.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Bicentennial Plaza, Raleigh (between the Agriculture Building and the N.C. Museum of History)

— 8:30 a.m. – Buses will depart the fairgrounds bringing Ag Awareness Day participants downtown.
— 9 – 11 a.m. – Participants will meet with their legislators.
— 11:30 a.m. – Ag Awareness Day program begins in Bicentennial Plaza, including the following speakers:

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler
Gov. Roy Cooper
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest
President Pro Tempore Phil Berger
Speaker Tim Moore
Senator Brent Jackson
Representative Jimmy Dixon
Senator Dan Blue
Representative John Bell
Senator Don Davis
Representative Brian Turner
NCSU Dean Richard Linton
*All times are approximate.


Agriculture and agribusiness represent the state’s No. 1 industry at $87 billion. It employs 730,000 or 17 percent of the workforce.