Senate run shouldn’t affect Jackson’s day job

A North Carolina grower-shipper and former president of the National Watermelon Association running for a seat in the North Carolina State Senate said his campaign shouldn’t have too much, if any, of an effect on his business.

“I’ve actually backed away from day-to-day sales in the past couple of years,” said Brent Jackson, president of Autryville-based Jackson’s Farming Co., citing recent staff additions.

Jackson won the May 4 Republican primary for a District 10 spot in the senate. He will face Democrat Dewey Hudson in the November general election.

If he’s elected, Jackson said he’ll work to ease the regulatory burden on North Carolina growers, push for fair food safety regulations and help ensure that agriculture is not slighted in expected state legislation on water rights.

“We’ve had some fun with it, and are looking forward to the race in the fall,” he said.

North Carolina ag highlighted in TV spot

A television program about North Carolina agriculture and co-sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture aired on the state’s Public Broadcasting System affiliates May 5, said Nick Augostini, department marketing specialist.

That’s one of many things the department has planned in the spring and summer of 2010 to boost sales of Carolina-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

In addition to its usual program of retail point-of-purchase materials and radio, TV and print advertising under the Goodness Grows in North Carolina and Got to Be NC banners, the department also recently received $1.1 million in federal specialty crop grants to be used for marketing and research, Augostini said.

The department also is providing local growers with financial assistance for GAP- , organic- and food-safety-related certification, he said.