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Alice Scott earns Excellence in Agriculture Award

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KENLY — Alice Scott will receive the Tobacco Farm Life Museum’s Excellence in Agriculture Award next year, the museum’s director has announced.

Scott is co-owner and executive secretary of Scott Farms, a sixth-generation family farm in Lucama that grows sweet potatoes, wheat, soybeans and corn. Scott earned the honor for her “comprehensive involvement in the promotion and continued growth of the agriculture community in North Carolina.”

“The board of directors and staff are excited to be honoring a hardworking individual like Alice Scott who is active in her community and dedicated to the advancement of agriculture,” said Melody Worthington, the museum’s director and curator.

From 2018-19, Scott served as chairwoman of the North Carolina Farm Service Agency State Committee. The state panels are organized through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue appointed her to the one-year term.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will present Scott with the award during the Tobacco Farm Life Museum’s annual “Breakfast with the Commissioner” reception at the N.C. State Fairgrounds’ Holshouser Building in Raleigh. The breakfast, planned for 7:30 a.m. Feb. 7, serves as a museum fundraiser and is held in conjunction with the 2020 Southern Farm Show. Along with the Excellence in Agriculture Award, the museum will also recognize the winner of its Innovative Young Farmer of the Year title.

The honor is based on a young farmer’s dedication to technology and accuracy in agricultural educational outreach to the public. Organizers expect to name the award-winner in January.

The ag commissioner’s breakfast draws more than 400 agribusiness leaders from around the state. Worthington said even more attendees are expected this February.

Admission to the breakfast, which includes the awards presentation and speeches from Troxler and guests, is $25 per person. To purchase tickets, call 919-284-3431

Tickets are on sale for $25 and include breakfast, the opportunity to hear firsthand the latest agriculture news, participate in acknowledging the excellence in agriculture and innovative young farmer of the year award winners and visit with North Carolina’s agriculture leaders. Tickets can be purchased by calling 919-284-3431 or by using the shortened link to order online.