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He founded Nash Produce in 1977 as a cucumber- grading station, and developed it into one of the largest cucumber and sweet potato processing facili- ties in the United States. After Bone’s retirement in 2005, Nash Produce producers formed a production and marketing co-operative. Today it remains a cor- nucopia of vegetables, providing cantaloupe, pickling cucumbers, sweet potatoes, watermelons and other produce to wholesalers across the United States.

Contact Person: Lisa A. Guion, Ed.D. Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity & Professor of Agricultural and Extension Ed. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The Bones have also distinguished themselves as civic leaders. The Boys and Girls Club of Wilson, Sandy Cross Methodist Church, Wilson Salvation Army, Barton College and Nash Community College are among the organizations that benefit from the Bone’s generous support and board leadership. Dale Bone is known for generous support of employees and individuals in the local community. In every aspect of his farming operation, he stressed the importance of education. He encouraged his employees to speak English, and paid tuition and wages for those who attended English classes. He continues to assist others pursue higher education, purchase homes, and achieve citizenship. The Bone Scholars Program is yet another example of exceptional leadership and service.

Phone: 919-513-0489 Fax: 919-515-1965 E-mail: lisa_guion@ncsu.edu

Genia Tyson Bone was born and raised in Nash County, where she graduated from Coopers High School. She went on to receive a degree from the Raleigh School of Data Processing. Genia served in numerous roles in her twenty-nine and a half years with Hardees Food Systems, Inc., including those of Data Processing, Corporate Personnel, Training and Regional Human Resources. In retirement, she is a valued volunteer with several local civic organiza- tions.

DALE AND GENIA BONE SCHOLARS

Dale C. Bone has been known as one of North Carolina’s most savvy and successful agricultural businessmen. One of the leading producers of cucumber, melons, sweet potatoes, other produce and tobacco, he farmed over 14,000 acres through- out much of his career under the banners of Dale Bone Farms and Nash Produce. Bone was born in Nash County, son of Hubert and Lucille Joyner Bone. He left Nash County to attend NC State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree with a double major in crop science and agricultural economics.

CALS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AFFAIRS AND THE DIVERSITY COUNCIL

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarship Program for Immigrant Farm Workers and their Dependants

Dale and Genia Bone

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