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Corn Growers Encouraged To Test For Alfatoxin

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to have their corn tested for aflatoxin to prevent contamination of feeds and food.  Jared Brumbaugh has more.

Aflatoxin is a byproduct of a mold, and can be harmful to both humans and livestock.  Feed Compliance Officer George Ferguson says the Cunningham Research Station in Kinston is one of six drop-off locations across the state where farmers can submit their 5 pound sample of shelled corn. 

“If a farm has multiple fields or multiple locations, or multiple bins, you’ll want to sample each of those because each may return different results.”

Ferguson says samples can also be sent directly to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Raleigh.  I’m Jared Brumbaugh.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.
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