Ag Summit  2016




ORANGE COUNTY, NC (February 22, 2016)–The Orange County Economic Development Commission and local agricultural leaders invite the public to the 2016 Agricultural Summit. Farmers, homesteaders, and residents interested in advancing their knowledge of local food systems, specialty crops, upcoming trends and regulation updates are encouraged to attend the event.


The summit is FREE and will take place on Monday, February 29, at the Whitted Human Services Building located at 300 W. Tryon Street in Hillsborough. Refreshments and lunch will be provided and raffle drawings will be held throughout the day. Advanced registration is requested however, registration at the door will begin at 9:00 am. Opening remarks will begin at 9:30 am.


“This year’s summit will focus on the tools needed for growing family farms - addressing new trends, updates, and initiatives for channeling products from farm-to-table, which has been on the rise for more than 30 years in Orange County and doesn’t appear to be slowing down,” said Commissioner Earl McKee.


Since 1992, food sales from farms directly to consumers in Orange County increased from $40,000 to $1,422,000 according to an Orange County, NC Census of Agriculture Data, 1992-2012. Farms selling food directly to consumers increased from 29 in 1992 to 120 farms in 2012.


Dr. Richard C. Reich, Assistant Commissioner of Agricultural Services for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will speak in the morning session, followed by County updates & initiatives. Attendees will have the option to choose two of the four educational sessions planned for the afternoon. Breakout sessions include discussions by area experts in Food Systems, Production Tools & Trends, Specialty Crops, and Rules & Trends with plenty of time for questions.


New this year, is an early evening social with light refreshments, where attendees can network and discuss the presentations.


To review the Agriculture Summit Agenda or to register for the event, please visit  or contact Kay Evans at or 919.245.2059.  


About the Agricultural Summit
The Orange County Ag Summit has become an example of strong partnerships within the agriculture industry. The success of the summit has always been a by-product of side-by-side collaboration among Orange County elected officials, agriculture industry leaders, university research, teaching and extension.