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Meet Greg Traywick, County Extension Director

Greg started his career with NC Cooperative Extension as a livestock agent in Robeson County, NC. He moved to Cleveland County in 1992, and has served as County Extension Director for the past 27 years. In this role, Greg leads the local Extension staff in delivering educational programs and technical assistance to local citizens in the areas of commercial agriculture, home horticulture, youth development, and family & consumer sciences.
In addition to his administrative role, Greg has program responsibilities for livestock, local foods, and pesticide education. He also provides landowners with assistance in managing their farm ponds, especially in identifying and controlling problem algae and aquatic weeds.
Greg was instrumental in helping to organize Foothills Farmers' Market more than 10 years ago, and remains a contributing member of the organization's volunteer board of directors. He led fundraising to aid City of Shelby in building beautiful City Pavilion, and has helped leverage additional funding to support farmers' market operations and promotion. Since its inception, Foothills Farmers' Market has become firmly established as the cornerstone of Cleveland County's growing local food movement. It now provides more than 60 local farms and food-based businesses with a direct-to-consumer market outlets for their products, and gives Cleveland County citizens access to some of the freshest, best-tasting local food available anywhere.
Greg is firmly committed to Cleveland County government's mission of "Making Our Community Better". He has positioned NC Cooperative Extension as the lead county department in creating new agricultural economic development opportunities. Greg has secured several state and federal grants to support development of a regional grain-buying station, to promote production malting barley and other high-value specialty grains, and to introduce a value-added blended straw bale to the regional marketplace. Greg makes himself readily available to local farmers seeking small competitive grants to expand or diversify their farming operations.
To contact Greg, please call (704) 482-4365 or email greg_traywick@ncsu.edu

Submitted by Gregory B. Traywick

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