Rhyne Cureton to Speak at "We Are Organic" Dinner

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Rhyne Cureton
Rhyne Cureton, a 2018 CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund recipient, has joined the agenda of speakers for the 2018 “We Are Organic” Dinner at the Organic Grower Summit on December 12 in Monterey, California.
Cureton was born in rural Monroe, North Carolina but has lived most of his life in the metropolitan city of Charlotte. His family is two generations removed from agriculture. At an early age, Cureton realized a great disconnect between modern agricultural practices and nature. Later at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (a land-grant university), Cureton witnessed conservation treated as an afterthought rather than a priority. He took gap year to learn more about organic agriculture, and during that time worked for several pasture-based livestock farms in Texas and North Carolina. It was with the pigs of those farms that Cureton found his passion.
Cureton was recently selected as one of 10 individuals to serve on the USDA’s National Pork Board #RealPigFarming social media campaign to promote transparency within the pig farming community and the pork industry. Cureton uses this opportunity to highlight organic pig farming and to promote pasture-based production practices. He has been featured on sites such as Civil Eats and the Pork Network. 
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During the summer, Cureton serves as an international agricultural educator in East Africa. While there he teaches farmers how to manage swine nutrition, utilize swine for soil fertility, develop farm biosecurity protocols, and assess the health of their swine herd. He tailors his efforts to the needs of the farmers and collaborates with them to formulate sound and efficient farm management solutions.
As a speaker, Cureton travels to different conferences and events to promote sustainable agriculture and local food systems. He has spoken on topics such as pasture-based and modern pig farming, increasing youth and diversity in agriculture, customer/consumer engagement, and effective uses of social media in farm advertising.
CCOF is thrilled to have Cureton join the “We Are Organic” Dinner and share how the CCOF Foundation has supported his organic career goals. 
Space is limited. Register now! 
Contributing authors include Rhyne Cureton, Josaphine Stevenson, and Shawna Rodgers. 


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