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Ms. Kelly has been a County Extension Director for nine years following a previous career as an Agriscience Educator and Vocational Administrator. As a County Extension Director she is responsible for leading the programs and activities of a Unit, and works to secure funding, develop staff and county partnerships. As a Community Development field faculty member, she has worked with the establishment of community gardens, farmer’s markets and tourism enterprises. Her work with food and farm entrepreneurs includes teaching farm business and marketing, vegetable gardening, and facilitating Annie’s Project. She currently serving on the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority Steering Committee, and is President of the Rockingham Downtown Corporation. Richmond County Center
Taylor Williams, a native of Richmond Virginia, is a 1979 graduate from Davidson College with a BS in Biology, and a 1984 graduate from Virginia Tech with an MS in Entomology. He conducted an IPM program for gypsy moth management in Virginia for five years, and from 1992 to 1995 was Plant Protection Specialist for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Rockingham, NC. Since 1995, Taylor Williams has worked for North Carolina Cooperative Extension as an Agriculture Extension Agent in Lee County, an Area Specialized Agent in Lee, Moore and Richmond County, County Extension Director in Richmond County, and now serves as Agricultural Extension Agent in Moore County. In 2010, Taylor was recognized as the Outstanding Sustainable Agriculture Agent by the NC SARE (North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) program. Moore County Center
Paige Burns has been the Horticulture Agent with Richmond County Cooperative Extension for 7 years. She has a BS degree in Horticulture and a BA in History, both from NCSU. Prior to joining Extension, she worked in the Landscape industry in Moore County. As horticulture agent, Paige works with county produce farmers on production, marketing, and food safety issues. She also works with homeowners on landscape questions, home vegetable gardening, and pest problems. Paige provides pesticide continuing education classes for both private applicators (farmers) and Green Industry professionals, enabling attendees to maintain their licensing certification. She also supports county clientele in the areas of forestry, row crops, and beekeeping, and works with the Richmond County Agricultural Advisory Board, which oversees the Voluntary Agriculture District program and addresses other county issues related to agriculture. Richmond County Center
S. Gary Bullen is an extension associate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. His work focuses on agribusiness management and marketing. He has developed extension personnel training in finance analysis, marketing, and business development. Gary has conducted applied research on crop rotations, farm systems, and alternative enterprises. He has M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee in Extension Education and Agricultural Economics. He has taught numerous business development and marketing classes in Eastern Europe and throughout Africa. Gary grew up on a vegetable farm in Kentucky where he provided free labor. Ag Resource and Economics Department