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Congresswoman Adams Visits Conrad Farm In Thomasville; Hosts District Coffee & Tours Novant Health Of Thomasville

Aug 19, 2015
Press Release

­Thomasville, NC – Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (NC-12) held several events in Thomasville on Tuesday, August 18th. Congresswoman Adams’ first visit was to Conrad farm, a family farm owned and operated by Marillyn and Arthur Lee Conrad who also run the Thomasville Farmers Market. During Congresswoman Adams’ visit, the critical role local farms play in improving food access and combating hunger in the District were discussed as part of Congresswoman Adams’ hunger initiative. The Conrad’s also discussed issues small farmers face.

“Visiting the Conrad farm helped me to better understand the issues that small farms face,” said Congresswoman Adams, a member of the House Agriculture Committee and Subcommittee on Nutrition. “Our small farmers struggle to compete with their larger counterparts. I plan to do what I can in Congress to ensure our small farmers have a level playing field so they can continue to provide nutritious food in our communities.”

Congresswoman Adams was joined by representatives from the Rural Advancement Foundation International, the Farm Credit Council, the North Carolina Farm Bureau, and the Davidson County Cooperative Extension Service. The Conrad farm is situated in a food desert in Thomasville. Food deserts are in areas with a poverty rate of 20 percent or greater, and in rural areas, at least one third of the population lives more than 10 miles from a grocery store.

After visiting the Conrad farm, the Congresswoman hosted a District coffee in her Thomasville satellite office to meet and hear from constituents. There, she met with the mayor and city manager of Thomasville as well as other members of the Thomasville community.

Congresswoman Adams toured Novant Health Center in Thomasville after hosting her District coffee. She met with Novant’s President, Kathie Johnson, as well as staff and board members of the facility. Thomasville’s city manager joined the Congresswoman during the tour and meeting, which was centered on Medicaid expansion in North Carolina.