On the Local Level Winter 2019-20
Take a look at what’s happening with the North Carolina Farm Bureau across the state this winter:
Excellence in Ag Award
As one of four agriculture teachers at Iredell High School, Bill Walker teaches more than 150 students a year. “Some of these students come from an agriculture background,” he says, “but many of them do not fully understand what all the agriculture industry involves in regard to careers, technology and production.” He’s made it his mission to educate these students, their parents and the local community about the real story of agriculture, to help them understand that food doesn’t come from a grocery store and to put a face with the farmers. Walker’s involvement with a number of programs, from the high school’s FFA chapter to the Young Farmers & Ranchers dairy days event, led to him winning the N.C. Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award. This honor recognizes those who are involved in agriculture but do not currently farm full time. Participants are judged on their involvement in agribusiness, leadership roles, civic organizations and Farm Bureau.
“Educating the general public about agriculture is a passion of mine,” he says. “I am blessed to be able to teach students that have an interest in agriculture and want to be involved in some facet of the agriculture industry. I teach students how to be positive representatives of agriculture in all aspects of their life. As we continue to see the farming community age, the younger folks will play a huge role in our continued success.”