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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. 


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.


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.


Animal Handling &
Forage/ Portable Fencing Demo, Sept. 2 at CEFS in Goldsboro

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Goldsboro Farm September 2, 2014 2pm-dark-thirty Beef and Pork producers , join Amazing Grazing and NC Choices for a unique educational experience at the farm in Goldsboro. The workshop will begin with a pork handling discussion in the classroom followed by a low-stress handling demonstration of live beef with NCSU’s Dr. Matt Poore and CEFS’ herdsman Mark Clements in the “Bud Box”. These sessions will introduce producers to the basics of flight zones and other controlled movement fundamentals. At 5pm we will have a local burger cookout with beef from Ray Family Farms with simple side dishes and as well as some informal networking time. After supper we'll join Sharon Freeman for a pasture walk and discussion of summer annual forage plots that are under experimentation for grazing cattle. This session will also include a demonstration and hands-on opportunities with portable, electric fencing that enables producers to easily control grazing patterns for most livestock. To register online, click here or contact Lisa Forehand at CEFS at lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0954. Need directions? Click here for a link to the CEFS farm in Goldsboro

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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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