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NC Choices: Meat for
Market Workshop (for Women in the Meat Industry)

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm (Lunch served at noon) Location: NCSU Beef Education Unit at Lake Wheeler Field Laboratories Registration Fee: $25 – (includes lunch and materials) Registration Requirements: APPLICATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS. Download (Word) or (PDF) here. Other: Applications are due NO LATER THAN May 10 and return via email or mail to the address on the application. Decisions will be made by May 13 and the $25 registration fee is due NO LATER than May 18. Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and butcher Matt Helms of The Chop Shop Butchery in Asheville, NC will team up for this exciting workshop focusing on beef production and butchery. This half-day workshop will focus on Meat for Market, with emphasis placed on marketing pasture-raised beef – from the primals to skillet – for an all-female audience! Topics to be covered in the workshop will include: an overview of the “state of meat” in NC, marketing strategies and how they impact your bottom line, carcass breakdown paired with different cooking techniques for different cuts. The workshop will conclude with some information on pricing your products, risk management as well as a Question & Answer session. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Forehand at lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu or (919-513-0954). *** NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND BOTH WORKSHOPS YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SEND IN BOTH APPLICATIONS! *** The Southern Risk Management Education Center funded project, “Integrated Risk Management for Women Producers, Processors, and Retailers in the Local Meat Product Value Chain,” combines small classroom intensives from production to processing for women under the guidance of NCSU and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems' NC Choices and Amazing Grazing.

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NC Choices: Meat for
Market Workshop (for Women in the Meat Industry)

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm (Lunch served at noon) Location: NCSU Beef Education Unit at Lake Wheeler Field Laboratories Registration Fee: $25 – (includes lunch and materials) Registration Requirements: APPLICATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS. Download (Word) or (PDF) here. Other: Applications are due NO LATER THAN May 10 and return via email or mail to the address on the application. Decisions will be made by May 13 and the $25 registration fee is due NO LATER than May 18. Meredith Leigh, author of The Ethical Meat Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Butchery, Charcuterie, and Cooking for the Conscious Omnivore and butcher Matt Helms of The Chop Shop Butchery in Asheville, NC will team up for this exciting workshop focusing on beef production and butchery. This half-day workshop will focus on Meat for Market, with emphasis placed on marketing pasture-raised beef – from the primals to skillet – for an all-female audience! Topics to be covered in the workshop will include: an overview of the “state of meat” in NC, marketing strategies and how they impact your bottom line, carcass breakdown paired with different cooking techniques for different cuts. The workshop will conclude with some information on pricing your products, risk management as well as a Question & Answer session. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Forehand at lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu or (919-513-0954). *** NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND BOTH WORKSHOPS YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SEND IN BOTH APPLICATIONS! *** The Southern Risk Management Education Center funded project, “Integrated Risk Management for Women Producers, Processors, and Retailers in the Local Meat Product Value Chain,” combines small classroom intensives from production to processing for women under the guidance of NCSU and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems' NC Choices and Amazing Grazing.

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Amazing Grazing:
Pasture Management for Women Cattle Producers

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: NCSU Beef Education Unit at Lake Wheeler Field Laboratories Registration Fee: FREE Registration Requirements: APPLICATION REQUIRED DUE TO LIMITED NUMBER OF SPOTS. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION (Word) or (PDF) HERE. This half-day workshop will focus on pasture management with an emphasis on cattle nutrition. Topics to be covered in the workshop will include: Cattle nutrition, grazing management and pasture management. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact April Shaeffer at April_Shaeffer@ncsu.edu or (919-515-4005). Space is limited to 20 participants. Please fill out the following application by May 10, and return via email or mail to the address on the application. Final decisions and notification will be made by May 13. *** NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND BOTH WORKSHOPS YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SEND IN BOTH APPLICATIONS! *** The Southern Risk Management Education Center funded project, “Integrated Risk Management for Women Producers, Processors, and Retailers in the Local Meat Product Value Chain,” combines small classroom intensives from production to processing for women under the guidance of NCSU and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems' NC Choices and Amazing Grazing.

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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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