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Alumni & Testimonials

Brandon Batten, The Flying Farmer, LLC.

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Four Oaks, NC

Brandon BattenThe business model canvas changed the way I think. As a farmer, I am hyper-focused on the production and efficiency of my operation, or the left side of the canvas. Shifting my focus to the right side of the canvas, to the value propositions and thinking about a way to give customers something before they know that they need it inspired me. As a farmer, engineer, and tech enthusiast, I decided to create Flying Farmer LLC to educate farmers about the drone industry and their applications in agriculture. I hope to position myself to provide these services when the industry is ready for them.

Neal Baxley, Owner, Baxley Farms

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Marion, SC

Neal Baxley

Travis Baxter, Manager, Clayton Rawl Farms, Inc.

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Lexington, SC

Travis Baxter

Collin, David, and Denise Blalock, David Blalock Farms, LLC.

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Wilson, NC

David and Collin BlalockThe Executive Farm Management program was key in getting me to think outside the box and how to diversify my produce business. It was through a lot of these meetings, lectures, or guest speakers that got me brainstorming new ideas to implement on my produce operation.

-Collin Blalock, Collin’s Produce

Richard Chancy, Partner, Manager, Millstream Farms

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Dunn, NC

Richard ChanceyThe insurance-based risk management, and a lot of it is defining trends and market places and learning how to understand other people like employees, relationships, and to find new market places. And try to become more of a price maker rather versus price taker as most people in agriculture are, especially in the farming industry.

Justin Corbett, Manager, Ken Corbett Farms, LLC

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Lake Park, GA

Justin Corbett

Ken Corbett, Owner, Ken Corbett Farms, LLC

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Lake Park, GA

Ken Corbett

Kim Corbett, Owner, Ken Corbett Farms, LLC

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Lake Park, GA

Kim Corbett

Witte Cribb, Sales Manager, TriEst Ag Group

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Greenville, NC

Witte Cribb

Blayne Dixon, Manager, BFC

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Wilson, NC

Blayne Dixon

Robert Fann, Partner, Fann Farms

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Salemburg, NC

Robert Fann

Rob Glover, Owner, Rob Glover Farming, LLC

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Bailey, NC

Rob Glover

Archie Griffin, VP Griffin Farms, Inc.

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Washington, NC

Archie GrffinWe have been able to properly take a much deeper look into how our company is performing from a financial standpoint, our financial solvency and how we stand compared to others of a similar scale.

Chris Hall, Owner, Hall Brothers Farms

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Roseboro, NC

Chris Hall

Norman Harrell, Director, Wilson County Cooperative Extension

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Wilson, NC

Norman Harrell

Matthew Hendrix, Owner, Hendrix Farms

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Raeford, NC

Matt Hendrix

Clay Hinnant, Owner, RJ Hinnant & Sons Farms

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Kenly, NC

Clay Hinnant

Ashlee Hutto, Operator, Lee Newman Farms

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Sumter, SC

Ashlee Hutto

Matt Keen, Strickland Farming Group

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Mt. Olive, NC

Matt Keen


Brian Knowles, Manager, Bear Ridge Farms, Inc.

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Maple Hill, NC

Brian Knowles

Kim K. LeQuire, Manager, Kornegay Family Farms and Produce

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Princeton, NC

Kim LeQuire

Billy McDaniel, Partner, Hickory Meadows Organics

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Whitakers, NC

Billy McDaniel


Peyton McDaniel, Partner, Hickory Meadows Organics

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Whitakers, NC

Peyton McDanielI’m thinking in a totally different way than I was when I first got here. It’s a combination of things that are making me look at things differently, I guess you’d say.

Kemp McLeod, Owner, McLeod Farms/Mac’s Pride

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

McBee, SC

Kemp McCleod

Spencer McCleod, Manager, McLeod Farms/Mac’s Pride

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

McBee, SC

Spencer McCleod

Pattie Mills, Co-owner, J.P. Davenport & Son

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Greenville, NC

Pattie MillsWe spend so much time in the weeds every day, planning, or getting payroll done, taking care of the everyday business, that getting an opportunity to step away from that and think on more of a strategic level was a huge part of me wanting to take part of this program.

Reid Petway, Finance and Accounting Assistant, Scott Farms, Inc.

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Lucama, SC

Reid Petway

Joseph Reynolds, Owner, Love is Love Farm

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Decatur, GA

Joe Reynolds

Jason Rodgers, VP, Titan Farms

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Ridge Spring, SC

Jason Rodgers

The Executive Farm Management Program was such a great learning experience. They offered a remarkable learning environment that allowed team interactions and decision making, as well as provided one-on-one coaching. This program provided me with the tools and resources to help refine my farming skills as well as help grow our farm with my team. Focusing on the “big picture” is key!! 

Bryan Salmons, Farm Pak Products

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Wendell, NC

Bryan SalmonsThe people who are teaching the workshops don’t necessarily have farming backgrounds – they were mostly in public companies – and that puts a twist on it and makes you think outside the box. I also appreciate getting to meet people who are also working on tobacco and sweet potatoes but have a wide range of other crops.

Dewey Scott, VP, Scott Farms

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Lucama, NC

Dewey Scott

Linwood Scott, VP, Scott Farms, Inc.

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Lucama, NC

Linwood Scott



Thad Sharp IV, Farm Manager, Sharp Farms

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Sims, NC

Thad SharpWe have learned a lot of new avenues to investigate and to change the way we think about things before we make a decision. To prepare ourselves better by stretching out and learning more about what we’re actually doing and the things that we are providing for our customer. I’ve been farming for over twenty years and you get, not necessarily stuck in a rut, but you become firm in the way you handle things and make decisions.

Scott Strickland, Strickland Farming Group

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Mt. Olive, NC

Scott Strickland

Brandon and Clint Strickland, VP, Salemburg Gin & Cotton Company, Inc.

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Salemburg, NC

Clint and Brandon Strickland

Beth Fisher Taylor, Partner, Fisher Farms Partnership

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Whitakers, NC

Beth Fisher TaylorThe Executive Farm Management Program is an amazing program with benefits that continue well after the program ends. My first thought was I did not have the time to commit to this program, but I am so very thankful to the little voice inside my head that said “Just Do It.”   The program is based around a fictional case study called the Brown Family Farm. Weeks after the program ended the Brown Family Farm was still in my head and it still is today. The skills, resources, and learning environment that EFM exposes you to throughout the program provide you with knowledge and insight to see the big picture. This big picture is key to being a successful, sustainable farm in today’s world. So very thankful for EFM, my A Team, Brown Family Farm and the knowledge and growth I received as a participant. I am a better farmer today due to this program. If given the opportunity to participant listen to that little voice inside your head and “Just Do It.”


Jeff Thomas, Director, Scott Farms, Inc.

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Lucama, NC

Jeff Thomas

Jeffery Tyson, President, Tyson Family Farms, Inc.

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Nashville, NC

Jeff Tyson

Linwood Vick, Owner, Vick Family Farms

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Wilson, NC

Lynwood Vick

Tyler Wainwright, Manager, Southern Orchard Management

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Reynolds, GA

Tyler Wainwright

Brandon Warren, President for the NC Pork Council Board of Directors, WF Partnership

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Newton Grove, NC

Brandon WarrenThe Executive Farm Management Program was a great experience for me. It was great to meet new friends and see how they approach the problems and situations that arose in the case studies presented to us. I felt like the partnership between NC State and ECU strengthened the financial analysis part. They made it very clear and easy to follow. My favorite part was the video conferences we had with people from companies like Amazon and Phillip Morris. It allowed us to peek behind the curtain and find out their strategies for success and also think about possible market opportunities we hadn’t thought of yet.

Brian Warren, WF Partnership

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Newton Grove, NC

Brian Warren

Joseph Watson III, Manager, Jerrold A. Watson and Sons

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Monetta, SC

Joseph Watson

Reid Watson, Manager, Watsonia

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Monetta, SC

Reid Watson

Walt Webb, Manager, Lewis Nursery and Farms, Inc.

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Rocky Point, NC

Walt Webb

Wyatt Whitford, Partner, Whitford Farms, Inc.

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Grantsboro, NC

Wyatt Whitford

Donna Worthington Williams, President, Worthington Farms, Inc.

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Greenville, NC

Donna Worthington Williams

Worth Williams, Manager, Worthington Farms, Inc.

Inaugural Southeastern Region, 2019

Greenville, NC

Worth Williams

Trey Wilson, Assistant Farm Manager, Ham Farms

NC Tobacco and Sweet Potato, 2017

Snow Hill, NC

Trey Wilson