Bayer CropScience Joins Wolfpack Football to Celebrate Agriculture
Thursday, September 11, 2014
By: Alan Ayers, Director of Stakeholder Relations & Stewardship, Bayer CropScience
This weekend North Carolina State University celebrated its 2nd Annual Ag Day– a day dedicated to celebrating North Carolina agriculture and those who work hard to improve the state’s health and economy. Many people don’t recognize how important agriculture and agribusiness are to North Carolina. Agriculture contributes $78 billion to the state's economy, accounts for more than 17 percent of the state's income, and employs 16 percent of the work force!
There were a number of activities all weekend long focusing on the importance of agriculture to the state. I was honored to attend many of them representing Bayer CropScience.
On Friday evening the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) invited former alums like me, current students and family members to attend a reception and awards banquet. My wife and I had a great time. It was great to see some old friends, make new ones and meet some of the young people who will be our industry’s future leaders. As a former award recipient, I am proud of the entire CALS community.
Of course you can’t celebrate a weekend in September without a great football game, and Saturday the Wolfpack hosted Old Dominion University. Coming off a thrilling victory against Georgia Southern last week , the tailgate was buzzing--both with Bayer’s Bee Health station in the Fan Zone and Wolfpack energy. The Fan Zone is a great family-friendly atmosphere where many Wolfpack fans gather. Bayer was joined there by numerous supporters of North Carolina Agriculture. Our fuzzy bees and honey sticks were a crowd favorite!
And what football game doesn’t have a great tailgate. The CALS community hosted theirs at the PNC Arena, just a short walk from Carter-Finley Stadium where the Wolfpack play. I was again excited to reconnect with some old acquaintances over some good old-fashioned North Carolina barbecue.
After the tailgate, we all packed into the stadium to watch the Pack take on the Monarchs. At the conclusion of the first quarter, I was honored to join Dean Richard Linton from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Commissioner Steve Troxler from the N.C. State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, on the field with other Ag Day sponsors where we were recognized in front of tens of thousands of fans. A couple of hours later I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the day as the Wolfpack once again brought home a victory!
I am so thankful and proud to be a part of such great organizations and institutions like Bayer CropScience and N.C State University, and a member of North Carolina’s agriculture industry. What a great weekend--Go Pack!
Alan Ayers, Director of Stakeholder Relations & Stewardship, Bayer CropScience