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SMITHFIELD — Community leaders gathered Nov. 19 at the Johnston County Agricultural Center to celebrate local farmers and agribusiness at the annual Johnston County Farm-City Week banquet.
Lynda Loveland, North Carolina Farm Bureau public policy director and former news anchor at WRAL-TV Channel 5, was the banquet speaker.
The Farm-City Week committee recognized Russell and Elaine Wood of the McGee’s Crossroads community and Johnston County Commissioner Cookie Pope of the Cleveland community for their significant contributions to the local agricultural economy through either agribusiness or farming.
Winners in the Hungry To Help food drive benefiting Backpack Buddies sponsored by Johnston County 4-H and Johnston County Future Farmers of America chapters were the Animal Adventurers 4-H Club and South Johnston High School FFA.
Food was also collected the night of the banquet, with all donated items going to the Backpack Buddies programs at West Smithfield Elementary and Selma Middle School.
Food drive participants collected a total of 1,932 pounds.
Banquet sponsors included AgCarolina Farm Credit, Agri Supply, B&S Enterprises, BB&T, Carolina Eastern, Central Marketing, Coastal AgroBusiness, C.W. Flowers Store, Farm Bureau Insurance First Citizens Bank & Trust, Hilltop Farm Supply, Johnston County Farm Bureau Federation, Johnston County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, KS Bank, Medlin & Dorman, Inc., Nutrien Ag Solutions, Quality Equipment, Regions Bank, Southern Bank, Swift Creek Nursery, United Community Bank and WTSB Radio.