Debbie Hamrick is director of Specialty Crops with the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation in the Raleigh-Durham area. She joined the North Carolina Sea Grant Advisory Board in early 2018.

Through her work, she travels the state to interact with the network of farming and agriculture businessmen and women and to advocate on their behalf to policy makers. She is recognized as a connector and convener within the agricultural specialty crops and local foods community. Her issues portfolio includes topics such as produce safety, pollinators, local foods, invasive plants, the sustainable/conventional agriculture interface, and others.

Hamrick is a member of the N.C. Rural Center Board. She also has served the North Carolina Catch board, the N.C. Local Sustainable Foods Advisory Council, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems Advisory Board.

Her resume includes business start-ups within the publishing, online and meeting fields, which serve business-to-business audiences as well as consumers. Much of her earlier career was spent with Ball Horticultural Company’s publishing division, developing the business community within the international floriculture industry across five continents. That work included FloraCulture International, a trade magazine she founded.

In her free time, Hamrick publishes NewTerrain, an e-newsletter about green infrastructure and functional managed landscapes. It receives about 18,000 readers nationally.

Hamrick is a North Carolina native from Robeson County and holds a bachelor’s of science in horticultural science from North Carolina State University. She currently resides in Raleigh with her husband, Ed Gaines.