3A-Sunday, February 26, 1995 THE SAMPSON INDEPENDENT INSIGHT ’95 Agriculture integral part of county Agriculture has always been an integ ral pan of the history rf Sanqjson County. Mity of its most protninent citizens from flie colonial jjeriod woe invcdved in agriculture. A notable smi of Sanpson, Gabriel Herman, who served as Gover nor (rf the state of North Cardina from 1821-1824, was instrumental in setting the first Board of Agriculture in the state. The principle means of making a living in Sanpson County during the cdmial period was the raising ctf wheat, com, flax, indigo, rice, peas and veget ables for the family. Dt^g this period, the gadiering of tar, pitdi and nnpauine were the main cash crops. Cows, hogs and sheep were kept mainly to meet a family’s needs. Sanpson’s farmers have always had a keen interest in agriculture and any new techndogies that would help them pso- duce nx)re as well as bettw commodities. This is quite evident by the fact that in 1911, two part-time county agents, J.A. Turlington and J.M. Powell, woe ap pointed to woik in Sampson County. In 1912, these county agoits along with Gewge W. Herring, the first black county agent, organized a pure bred dairy bull On the cover Agriculture. Travel. On the one hand, they seem to have little to do with one another, yet OT the other, one without the other seems nearly absurd. In this section, the first of five highlighting aspects of life in Samp son County, the focus is on both agriculture and travel and how tradi- titms of the past have been the foundation for growth now and in the not-to-distance future. In this special five-section tab, readers will get a firsthand look at how traditions have help>ed every thing from business and industry, education, health, communities and government evolve, growing, changing, yet keeping the unique ness that makes county’s like Samp son special. Traditions — the theme for In sight ’95 — are a lot of what this county’s about, and agriculture, most especially, has and continues to be a tradition that gets right to the heart of what has moved this county fOTward. We have, individually and collec tively, built upon the traditions that Sampsonians from years ago first began, and while the county con tinues to grow and diversify, it is those traditions that have made edu- catirai, government, health, industry, businesses, travel, and yes, agricul ture the thriving components of a county on the cutting edge. On the cover a celebration of FarmCT’s Day in the 1940s saw a huge turnout at the courthouse in downtown Clinton, where young and old mixed and mingled, while today, Prestage Farms continues a similar tradition, holding an aimual family day that brings over 2,000 employees and their families togetha- for a day of fun and fellowship. As for travel, it, too, has changed. Here, the New Ywk Caitral — one of tte most famous 20th Century Limited locomotives — as it looked in the early 19()0’s as compared to today’s modern-day train, seen on the cover pulling into Carroll’s Foods, Today, companies like Car- roll’s and Prestage take advantage of the rail to haul feed. >ecial to The Independent association. This organization’s purpose was to buy bulls (rf si^)ericr breeding and loan them to farmers to improve the quality of their milk cows. In 1947, undo- the leadwship of Mayor Pete Winfrey, the City of ClinUMi, for its size, undertone a monumental task in providing local fanners with an auction market for their produce. During that year, the market qrened under manage- mait of Tom Ccunwell who had previ ously served as a County 4-H agent At that time, it was the largest produce market in the eastern part of the state of North Carolina. Around that same period of time, poultry production had spread into Sampson County with a lot of small fkxks (rf laj^ hens. In 1953, the City of Clinton deckled to open an egg grading station in conjunction with the poduce market. Cuylw Heath was hired as manager (rf this station This was the only egg grading station east of the Raleigh area. After sevoal bad cre^ years, many of the county’s agricultural leaders saw the need for ^versification with the produc tion of somefliing in addition to cotton and tobacco to pay the bills. In the early 1950s, Burrows T. Lundy along with s«ne local investors opaied the Lundy Packing Company providing a ready m^et for hogs. hr 1958, a groip oi Sarrpsom farmers formed the Sampsm Livestoxik Associa tion for the purpose of prcMnoting lives tock in this county as well as surrounding counties. The group spOTSwed many livestock evaits such as shows and sales. In 1959, they set out to raise money to build the Sampsom County Livestock Arraia which was completed in 1962. Also in 1958, the Extension Savice added a position for an agent to work solely with livestock. George Upton was moved into diis position with the anpha- sis of his work directed a swine productiem. in Are early 1970s, the Sartpson Livestock Ass^ation pushed to have arrother agent’s position created to work with livestock producas. Nelsoi Waters was hired in 1972. Sampson is the only county in the state to have two positions devoted to livestock production. By 1958, livestock sales exceeded all crop rncane for the first time in the history of Sanpson County’s agriculture. By having leadas who had the fore sight to realize what the county’s agricul ture could become, and with progressive people whose roots wae in agriculnire, Sairpson has become a showplace for agriculture in the Southeastern United States. Sanpson now ranks numba one in the state of Nath Caredina in agriculture income. In 1993, the county had a gross farm income exceeding $388 million with $275 nrillion coming from livestock productioa This Little Piggy LUent To Market... Rnd So Did His Friends. 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