01/28/08 — Wayne and Duplin farmers honored by soybean group

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Wayne and Duplin farmers honored by soybean group

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on January 28, 2008 1:45 PM

Randy McCullen and Reginald Strickland of Mount Olive were elected to serve as directors of the North Carolina Soybean Producers Association.

Current directors Jeff Parks of Goldsboro and Craig West of Fremont were re-elected to terms on the 30-member board.

Jacob Parker of Columbia was elected president of the organization.

The Sutton brothers of Wayne County, Wayne and Jerry of Seven Springs, won top honors as producers for the Northern Coast Plain division, it was announced at the organization's annual meeting earlier this month. They produced 64.2 bushels per acre. They also posted the most efficient yield at $2.25 per bushel -- tops in the entire state.

The Dail brothers of Duplin County, Henry and Edward of Kenansville, won top honors as producers for the Southern Coastal Plain division. They produced 57 bushels per acre. They had the most efficient yield at $2.95 per bushel.

Winners in the various regions across the state received a plaque and a $50 cash prize.

Philip Davis of Old Fort in McDowell County finished first in the state in production, at 85 bushels per acre.

Also, Kenneth Bartlett of LaGrange received the annual Meritorious Service Award from the organization. He was recognized for his volunteer service to the soybean association, including a directorship on the board of the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health and a 2007 appointment as a director on the United Soybean Board.

The N.C. Soybean Producers Association is a Raleigh-based soybean trade association responsible for research, education and promotional programs to benefit the state's soybean farmers. The association is the qualified state soybean board to administer the federal Soybean Checkoff Program in the state.