Written by Kaki Carl, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Lane Michael Hall knows what he want to do and is busy getting it done. A junior in NC State University’s soil science program, Lane came to NC State as a transfer student from a community college. He’s a member of the NC State Agronomy Club, Young Farmers and Ranchers Club, and the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He also received the Marion and Jane Dilday Scholarship, which is based on academic merit.
Just a few moments in conversation confirms he is a man of the soil.
“Ever since I was little, I wanted to farm,” he said. “I was born and raised in Clinton, in Sampson County. My family has not been in the farm business, but I’ve worked for a couple of family farms in the area. My girlfriend’s family farms, so I’ve been all around it, helping out.”
Why did you choose NC State?
What opportunities have you found?
How are you working toward that?
This summer I have an internship lined up with Helena Chemicals – a sales internship. It’ll get my feet wet with another aspect of my goals. What I understand is I’ll be on the east coast somewhere. I’m looking forward to finding out where I’ll be placed.
What’s it like to be part of the NC State Wolfpack?
I love the home feel. Everybody’s for the same goal. It’s nice to see that unity within the student body.
Your goals after graduation?
What specific issues would you like to address?
Erosion. Nutrient availability for crops. Nutrient retention, and nutrient recycling with cover crops. Big fan of that stuff.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
North Carolina. I’d like to keep it in North Carolina agriculture and be a helping hand, making it better here.