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NEW! NC Technical
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NC Choices Tech Assistance Project Training Manual In 2013 and 2014 with funding support from the NC Rural Center, NC Choices provided technical assistance on a range of topics to a group of small-scale meat and poultry processors across North Carolina. The goal of the project, “Supporting Sustainable Rural Economic Development through Advancement of North Carolina’s Niche Meat Industry,” was to improve the quality and quantity of processing services available to the state’s livestock producers, to enhance the economic viability of both producers and processors. This training manual describes information, strategies, and recommendations developed during this project that may be useful to other processors around the country. The manual is intended both for processors and for individuals and organizations that provide similar support to processors in their regions. Participating processors implemented the approaches   described in the manual over the two-year period. NC Choices continues to work with the processors to track outcomes past the project end date, to gauge the long-term effect of changes they made. What is in this manual? This introduction provides background on the project, its purpose and process, and profiles of the participating processors. Subsequent chapters serve as a “toolbox” for the reader, describing each tool or strategy learned from the project and real life challenges the processors faced along the way.  Read the full manual. The NC Choices Technical Assistance Manual along with additional resources for small processing facilities can also be found on the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network database.

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NEW! NC Technical
Assistance Manual

NC Choices Tech Assistance Project Training Manual In 2013 and 2014 with funding support from the NC Rural Center, NC Choices provided technical assistance on a range of topics to a group of small-scale meat and poultry processors across North Carolina. The goal of the project, “Supporting Sustainable Rural Economic Development through Advancement of North Carolina’s Niche Meat Industry,” was to improve the quality and quantity of processing services available to the state’s livestock producers, to enhance the economic viability of both producers and processors. This training manual describes information, strategies, and recommendations developed during this project that may be useful to other processors around the country. The manual is intended both for processors and for individuals and organizations that provide similar support to processors in their regions. Participating processors implemented the approaches   described in the manual over the two-year period. NC Choices continues to work with the processors to track outcomes past the project end date, to gauge the long-term effect of changes they made. What is in this manual? This introduction provides background on the project, its purpose and process, and profiles of the participating processors. Subsequent chapters serve as a “toolbox” for the reader, describing each tool or strategy learned from the project and real life challenges the processors faced along the way.  Read the full manual. The NC Choices Technical Assistance Manual along with additional resources for small processing facilities can also be found on the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network database.

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RESISTANCE Film
Screenings: NC Choices Participates in Panel Discussion: Asheville

Mark Your Calendars!    Resistance, a documentary film about antibiotic resistance, is debuting across North Carolina September 7th - 10th.  Screenings followed by conversations with local experts are scheduled for Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Durham.  The film uses personal stories and expert insights to delve into the history of antibiotic resistance and the recent development of superbugs.  NC Choices will join in a panel discussion following the film screening, Sunday, Sept.7th in Asheville, NC. Screenings will be held across the state and details are noted below. Sunday, Sept.7th: 6:30pm-9pm at Jubilee/Asheville Monday, Sept.8th: 6:30pm- 9:00pm at UNC Charlotte City Center/Charlotte Tuesday, Sept.9th: 6:30pm- 9:00pm at Reynolds Place/Winston-Salem: Wednesday, Sept. 10th: 6:30pm-9:00pm at PSI Theater at the Durham Arts Council/Durham More information about the film at http://www.resistancethefilm.com/

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North Carolina Meat
Handler Survey: NC Choices and NC Growing Together Collaborative Study

This report summarizes the results of a spring 2013 telephone survey of registered meat handlers in North Carolina.  View the full report.

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Choices Listserve

Stay connected to the most current events and updates taking place at NC Choices and in the local and niche meat industry in North Carolina.  NC Choices has 2 moderated listserves.  Both listserves are pertinent to commercial producers/farmers, meat processors, food-service, distributors and buyers directly involved in the local and niche meat supply chain in and around North Carolina. The NC Choices News listserv serves as a forum for educational and marketing opportunities as they pertain to local and niche meats. We encourage you to use this lists to share Events related to local and niche meats. Scholarly and news articles related Technical Questions Job postings and employment opportunities of NATIONAL interest, Educational opportunities and ideas as they pertain to the local and niche meat sector. Sign Up for NC Choices News Address: Name: The NC Choices Classified listserv serves as a forum for meat and livestock commerce. Private individuals and commercial interests may use this service. This is an "industry only" list and is not intended for use by consumers looking to purchase finished, consumable meat products. Please do not use this list as a marketing tool to advertise consumable meat/food products. Commercial meat processors MAY use this list to advertise processing services. We encourage you to use this lists to: Buy, sell, trade, lease equipment and livestock Advertise processing services Seeking specific consulting services Announce job postings and employment opportunities of LOCAL interest Other commerce and business exchange as it pertains to the niche meat sector. Sign Up for NC Choices Classifieds Address: Name: Frequently Asked Listserv Questions: Unsure which listserv to use to post your news?If you are not sure which listserv is best, feel free to note your question at the top of the body of the email.  The moderator will review and direct to your post to the appropriate location.  It may be one or both listserves. How do I know when my news is posted? As the sender, you will not see your post once it's approved unless it's responded to by another person.  If you have a question about a particular post, please refer to Casey McKissick at casey@ncchoices.com. Posts will generally be approved within 12 hours.

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Direct Marketing Meats: September 16th, 12pm EST

Tuesday, September 16 at 11:00 am CDT Link: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag/ Are you new to direct marketing meats? Not sure how to fill out a cut sheet or what questions to ask your butcher?  During this webinar, we'll MORE »

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NC Growing Together

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Beef and Pork Animal Handling and Summer Grazing Workshops at CEFSTue Sep 2, 2014
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
CEFS
— 2 days away
Resistance Asheville Screening with NC Choices PanelistSun Sep 7, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM— 1 week away
Resistance Durham Screening with local Firsthand Foods Panelist and othersWed Sep 10, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM— 2 weeks away
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