Co-ops Engage Students at Ag Expo

Electric Cooperatives of Eastern NC participated in the annual Northeast Regional Ag Expo on November 2 at the Senator Bob Martin Center in Williamston. More than 1,000 students from Eastern North Carolina counties attended the event and were exposed to different types of agriculture-related jobs, including electrical line work.

“We want students to see there are opportunities for them to work in agriculture-related fields, be successful, and do all of that right here at home or at least nearby,” planning team member Sarah Stalls told the Washington Daily News.

Linemen from Edgecombe-Martin County EMC, Halifax EMC and Tideland EMC conducted a bucket truck rescue demonstration outdoors. Tideland EMC also brought its always-popular selfie station to the event.

Beaufort County Schools and Beaufort County Farm Bureau partnered to host the inaugural Ag Expo in 2013, which expanded into a regional event in 2015. A video with photos from this year’s event is available on Tideland EMC’s Vimeo channel.

Tideland EMC’s Wayne Brackett explains the importance of bucket rescue training.