2A-Sunday, February 26, 1995 THE SAMPSON INDEPENDENT INSIGHT ’95 Farm life Agriculture vital to county Menticxi the wcxd agriculture in San^ son County and the re^xmses ttiat are forthcoming will be varied, varied, fliat is, with a familiar chord — one seated in traditkxis as old as the county its^. There’s tobacco, which is still king here. Technotogy has changed the way farmeis do things — cdd harvesters, prickly sticks, gummy frran reuse, and tiered tobacco bams with burners that had to be hand-lit have beat rqjlaced by bulk bams, ccmv^cT belts and automation that (XU grandfathers and th^ fathers never imagined pxissible. But, the essence of the family fann — where hard woric rules the day — still exists. In fact, in Sampstxi County, family farms still remain a traditicxi; the only difference is now those farms boast ttukey or hog houses, some tobacco, perhaps even a few row crops — like scjuash, cucumbers and pqjper — and always, the hard woric. While Sanpson Ccxinty is growing and spreading its vasatile wings, branch ing (xit from a mainly agriculture com munity to welcome varied industries, agriculture is still the anchor which holds this community close to its roots and its traditions. And, it is agriculture — where Samp son County now ranks first in income — that has kqtt many people in jobs and frxxl on residents’ tabl^ We sh(xtld never forget how important the land and its many uses are to us both individually and collectively, nx should we ever lose sight of what agriculture has done and continues to do for us. Swine and livestx:k operations — now dotting the county frorn ons end to another — are vital to the woric force, important to the ectXKxny and significant in impacL Their very presceix» has assured people wcx-k, helped prcxnote community activities and supported schcxils and children, as have farmers and an assort ment of agribusinesses which are all tied to agriculture and its continued growth hoe. We should be appreciative what agriculture has done fen* this ccxinty and what it ccxitinues to do, always under standing that many of the traditions that make Sampson County the special place that it is are deeply eniiedded m the tand that farmers still tiU texiay. It’s important for us to grow and diversify, but it’s just as important for us to hold onto the very thirigs that have provided the opport^ty for diange. BUTLER'S PHARMACY Serving Clinton and surrounding areas since 1914... Farming — Sampson County style Whether it’s tobacco or swine or cwTi, soy beans, cotton, pepper, cattle, turkeys or wheat, Samp son County has a thriving farm economy that continues to grow, providing more jobs in the agri business areas. Govamment offi cials from across the county will readily admit that the county’s farming community is vital to the economy and provides a great many jobs in a vari^y of areas. For over 75 years you've de pended on us for all your health care needs. We take that responsibility seriously and pledge to offer you the very best in service and qual ity. THANK YOU! BUTLER'S PHARMACY 204 E. Main St., Clinton 592-2111 Joining Hands For Good Health Servlet offered: •Sexually transmitted diseases (treatment & follow-up) •AIDS (testing & counseling •Tuberculosis control •WIC (Women, Infants & Children nutrition service) •Maternal health program •Child health •Diabetic teaching/counseling •Immvonlzations •Family planning •Vital records •Orthopedic services •Environmental health •School health •Home visits SAMPSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 313-H Rowan Rd. • County Complex • Clinton 592-1131 14 hp Briggs Hydrostatic Drive 38” Cutting Width Insurance You Can Put It Off... Or You Can Face Up To It Insurance is a necessary pari of owning a home, a car or raising a famiiy. Don't get caught and end up saying "if only I had taken care of it." MowingTipiYour bagger will hold twice as many leaves when you add the mw blade. Dru Hopson, Frank Boyette - CLU RHU, Wanda Boyette, Jerry Bradshaw - CPSR, Melinda Strickland - CISR CARR ROYEnE Insurance Agency, Inc. 124 Elizabeth St. Clinton 592-3108 592-3165 Life Ins. ANYTHING USSJUST WON'T CUT m Individual v.'Mccl and high tcch linal gear drive, ground speeds (tom 0-7 rnph infinitely variable COMMBRCIAL WARSAW lAWH t AARDEH 711 N. Gum Street, Warsaw N.C. 293-3005 1 -800-547-1264

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