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Our North Carolina Team


Our team of agronomy specialist in North Carolina are passionate about helping customers with fertilization needs and improving their crop yields.  Whether you are looking for a crop advisor for grain crops – wheat, sorghum, corn, and soybeans, or  beef cattle-cow/calf operation management recommendations, our North Carolina team has the education and experience to answer your questions and help you make the right decisions to help maximize yields and profits. 

Contact your local Agronomy Sales Manager below.

Belhaven Agronomy Center
Josh Asby

Prior to joining Southern States, Josh worked on row crop farms for more than 10 years. He now owns and operates a row crop and cattle farm. He is a member of the North Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers.

Hertford Agronomy Center
Gerald Christian

Gerald has been with Southern States for over 13 years. He grew up on a tobacco, corn and soybean farm in North Carolina and specializes in fertilizer, seed and chemicals. He is passionate about helping his customers with fertilization needs and improving their crop yields.

Marshville & Millingport Agronomy Centers
Shannon Braswell

Shannon holds a master’s degree in agricultural extension education and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business management from North Carolina State University. He grew up on a beef cattle-cow/calf operation and specializes in fertility and pest management. Prior to joining Southern States in 2011, Shannon was an Agriculture Extension Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Mt. Olive Agronomy Center
Rachel Grantham

Rachel has been in agriculture her whole life, growing up, she was involved in her grandparent’s row crop and hog farm and later went on to North Carolina State University to graduate with a major in agricultural business management and minor in animal science & economics.

Before joining Southern States, Rachel was the agronomist for Smithfield Hog Production division’s farm sustainability project, Smithfield Agronomics, and a territory sales manager for Alltech. She is a Certified Crop Advisor and specializes in grain crops – wheat, sorghum, corn, and soybeans, with a focus on disease and deficiency identification.

Tarboro & Williamston Agronomy Centers
Brian Stalls
Waco & Hendersonville Agronomy Centers
Jim Kiser

Jim has been with Southern States serving farmers in North Carolina for over 22 years.  A two-time recipient of the Top Territory Sales Manager of the Year, Kiser specializes in seed trait technology, crop protection products and specialty crops. He has a degree in Agriculture Business Management from North Carolina State University and is a member of the American Society of Agronomy.

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