Nash farmer named to state board


Staff Writer

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Nash County farmer is one of 28 people recently appointed to state boards and commissions by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Scott A. Tyson of Nashville was appointed to serve on the 12-member N.C. State Board of Agriculture.

“My family and I have been involved in farming all our lives through multiple generations, and we have been big supporters of the governor his whole career,” Tyson said. “I really appreciate his confidence in choosing me.”

In addition to Tyson, Jose Calderon of Wake County also was appointed on the board. Calderon, who brings immense marketing experience, has served as a sales manager for Farm Pak Products in Spring Hope for more than 10 years. He was the N.C. Department of Agriculture exporter of the year in 2009.

Tyson brings a strong farming resume to the board. Tyson is president of the Oakland Grove Farming Corp. that started in 2008. He is also founder and co-owner of Nash Produce, which is a leading supplier of sweet potatoes. Tyson also is co-owner of United Tobacco Co. in Wilson. He serves on the board of directors of the company as well. 

Tyson said his appointment, which will be for a six-year term, will require a major commitment, but he is looking forward to the challenge. The responsibilities and duties on the State Board of Agriculture are having input on rules and giving recommendations to the N.C. Department of Agriculture to help the industry go forward, he added.

Tyson acknowledged the struggles going on for Twin Counties farmers and farmers throughout the state and said he wants to try to help turn that trend around

“It’s getting tougher for farmers because farmers are getting kind of squeezed,” Tyson said. “All our former cash crops like tobacco and sweet potatoes are selling cheaper and all our expenses are going up, so farmers in the community are getting squeezed financially from the top and the bottom. There are a lot of people in our state bureaucracy that never grew up on a farm or have any contact with people that do things like that. It’s great to have a voice in the process of making rules that affect agriculture.”