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Attention Poultry
Producers: Mandatory NC Farm ID Number

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2015 CONTACT: Jen Kendrick, public information officer NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division 919-707-3005 N.C. continues to prepare for possible avian influenza outbreak RALEIGH – State Veterinarian Doug Meckes announced additional precautions that are being put in place to help North Carolina prepare for a possible introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requiring all poultry owners, regardless of the number of birds, to register for an NCFarmID number, Meckes said. This will facilitate the department in alerting poultry owners about an outbreak, especially owners in close proximity to a positive farm. Poultry owners can also sign up for a national premises ID number, but it is not required. Anyone already part of the National Poultry Improvement Plan is exempt from this requirement. An online sign-up form will be available after Aug. 1. “In planning our response for highly pathogenic avian influenza, one problem we’ve come across is that we can’t protect birds that we don’t know exist,” Meckes said. “We need to know where poultry are located so we can properly protect commercial and backyard flocks." Information gathered through NCFarmID registration is used solely for animal health purposes. This critical data will provide animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of an animal health concern, and help identify animals and premises that may have been affected. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is also requiring any commercial poultry grower with 200 or more birds to submit a HPAI outbreak plan. A commercial grower would be any grower under contract with an integrated company. “It’s very important that growers think through the worst-case scenario, because a confirmation of high-path avian flu would certainly be a worst-case scenario,” Meckes said. “We want each grower to consider their resources and location to determine how they can best handle an outbreak in a way that is environmentally sensitive and gets them back online as soon as is feasible.” An HPAI Outbreak Plan template will be available on the department’s website after Aug. 1. Growers will need to submit the plan to the Veterinary Division no later than Sept. 15. While only commercial growers will be required to submit the plan, all flock owners are encouraged to plan ahead and consider how they would respond to a confirmed positive. Last month, Meckes and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that bird shows and sales would be halted fromAug. 15 to January 15, 2016. The intent is to prevent birds from commingling and spreading the HPAI virus. Individual sales are still allowed to take place. For more information about avian influenza and the department’s response plans, go to www.ncagr.gov/avianflu.

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Attention Poultry
Producers: Mandatory NC Farm ID Number

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2015 CONTACT: Jen Kendrick, public information officer NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division 919-707-3005 N.C. continues to prepare for possible avian influenza outbreak RALEIGH – State Veterinarian Doug Meckes announced additional precautions that are being put in place to help North Carolina prepare for a possible introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requiring all poultry owners, regardless of the number of birds, to register for an NCFarmID number, Meckes said. This will facilitate the department in alerting poultry owners about an outbreak, especially owners in close proximity to a positive farm. Poultry owners can also sign up for a national premises ID number, but it is not required. Anyone already part of the National Poultry Improvement Plan is exempt from this requirement. An online sign-up form will be available after Aug. 1. “In planning our response for highly pathogenic avian influenza, one problem we’ve come across is that we can’t protect birds that we don’t know exist,” Meckes said. “We need to know where poultry are located so we can properly protect commercial and backyard flocks." Information gathered through NCFarmID registration is used solely for animal health purposes. This critical data will provide animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of an animal health concern, and help identify animals and premises that may have been affected. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is also requiring any commercial poultry grower with 200 or more birds to submit a HPAI outbreak plan. A commercial grower would be any grower under contract with an integrated company. “It’s very important that growers think through the worst-case scenario, because a confirmation of high-path avian flu would certainly be a worst-case scenario,” Meckes said. “We want each grower to consider their resources and location to determine how they can best handle an outbreak in a way that is environmentally sensitive and gets them back online as soon as is feasible.” An HPAI Outbreak Plan template will be available on the department’s website after Aug. 1. Growers will need to submit the plan to the Veterinary Division no later than Sept. 15. While only commercial growers will be required to submit the plan, all flock owners are encouraged to plan ahead and consider how they would respond to a confirmed positive. Last month, Meckes and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that bird shows and sales would be halted fromAug. 15 to January 15, 2016. The intent is to prevent birds from commingling and spreading the HPAI virus. Individual sales are still allowed to take place. For more information about avian influenza and the department’s response plans, go to www.ncagr.gov/avianflu.

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Schedule, Speakers, and Details Posted for the Carolina Meat Conference!

Farmers, chefs, and industry leaders convene on Oct. 12-13, 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC at the 4th Carolina Meat Conference to celebrate, network, and advance the niche meat resurgence. The Carolina Meat Conference, hosted by NC Choices, is a nationally-recognized event focused on bringing together independent meat producers, processors, James Beard award-winning chefs, scientists and field experts, industry buyers, and allied professionals for cutting edge exchange to promote success in niche meat markets. Hands-on workshops, whole animal butchery demos, and expert sessions combine for unmatched learning and networking opportunities. The 4th Carolina Meat Conference will take place at the historic Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. Conference attendees can expect more than twenty innovative class sessions on diverse topics, pop-up butchery demos, special technical tracks for professionals, cutting-edge culinary and regulatory education, and many opportunities for social networking. Meals at the event will feature North Carolina, pasture-raised meats and other local products highlighting thoughtful, sustainable approaches to cuisine. Conference registration also includes attendance at the keynote Beast Feast dinner and thought-provoking lecture, as NC Choices welcomes Allan Savory, internationally-acclaimed founder of holistic management, and the Savory Institute. Savory is perhaps best known for his message, “only livestock can save us,” addressing holistic management of sheep, cattle, and other animals as a method of improving pasture land and reversing climate change. Savory has been awarded the Banksia International Award highlighting environmental excellence and the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award, proposing solutions to complex global problems. Savory was featured on TED’s “Ideas Worth Spreading” in 2010, and addressed the United Nations Framework on Climate Change in Germany 2011.

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Scholarships
Available for the 2015 Carolina Meat Conference

Farmers, chefs, and industry leaders convene on Oct. 12-13, 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC at the 4th Carolina Meat Conference to celebrate, network, and advance the niche meat resurgence. The Carolina Meat Conference, hosted by NC Choices, is a nationally-recognized event focused on bringing together independent meat producers, processors, James Beard award-winning chefs, scientists and field experts, industry buyers, and allied professionals for cutting edge exchange to promote success in niche meat markets. Hands-on workshops, whole animal butchery demos, and expert sessions combine for unmatched learning and networking opportunities. The 4th Carolina Meat Conference will take place at the historic Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. Conference attendees can expect more than twenty innovative class sessions on diverse topics, pop-up butchery demos, special technical tracks for professionals, cutting-edge culinary and regulatory education, and many opportunities for social networking. Meals at the event will feature North Carolina, pasture-raised meats and other local products highlighting thoughtful, sustainable approaches to cuisine. Conference registration also includes attendance at the keynote Beast Feast dinner and thought-provoking lecture, as NC Choices welcomes Allan Savory, internationally-acclaimed founder of holistic management, and the Savory Institute. Savory is perhaps best known for his message, “only livestock can save us,” addressing holistic management of sheep, cattle, and other animals as a method of improving pasture land and reversing climate change. Savory has been awarded the Banksia International Award highlighting environmental excellence and the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award, proposing solutions to complex global problems. Savory was featured on TED’s “Ideas Worth Spreading” in 2010, and addressed the United Nations Framework on Climate Change in Germany 2011.

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NEW 6 Part Video
Series On Processing in NC

This video series will provide a snapshot of some of the processing capacities at NCDA and USDA slaughter plants who process for farmers and help you better explore what products and services they can provide to help market your products. Your facility may be able to do more for you than you know, without a lot of added

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NEW Extension
Publication: Special Claims and the Approval Process for Niche Meats

With increasing demand for product transparency, a growing number of producers, processing plant operators, and packinghouse operators are interested in adding claims to the labels of their meat and poultry products to further characterize or add value to those products. Label claims become increasingly important for producers and plant operators selling to secondary markets, such as retail grocers, rather than direct to consumer. This guide provides information to producers about special claims and the requirements and documentation needed to support those claims.

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