Agriculture contributes about $150,349,000 to the local economy. To focus on agriculture’s significance to Moore County, its rich heritage and its promising future, the Moore County Cooperative Extension Service and its sponsors is hosting the 2019 Farm-City Week, Nov.18-22. The purpose of the week is to highlight the importance of agriculture to the vitality of Moore County.

The Annual Farm-City Banquet, which honors our local farmers is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Moore County Agricultural Building, 707 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage. The banquet is a way to show appreciation and encouragement to the farmers and their families who contribute selflessly to the affordable food supply we all enjoy.

Two of the highlights of the banquet are recognizing a Young Farmer of the Year, sponsored by Farm Bureau; and the Farm Family of the Year, sponsored by Farm Credit. Other features of the evening include entertainment by local musicians, and inspiring comments by Debbie Hamrick of the NC Farm Bureau Federation.

The banquet is open to the public. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased through Nov. 13 at the Moore County Cooperative Extension office inside the Agricultural Building in Carthage, or by calling (910) 947-3188.

Another feature of the week, the Farm-City photography contest, is designed to showcase the diversity of Moore County’s rich agricultural heritage. Photos selected from the contest will be placed on display throughout the Moore County Agricultural Building. Contestant winners will be notified by Nov. 8 and will be honored at a reception held during Farm-City Week at the Moore County Agricultural Building. Entries for the contest are being accepted through Oct. 31. To find out more about entering the contest, contact Brandi Carter at (910) 947-3188.

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