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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.  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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Sign Up for the NC
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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HANDS-ON POULTRY
PROCESSING WORKSHOP AT PERRY-WINKLE FARM

HANDS-ON POULTRY PROCESSING WORKSHOP AT PERRY-WINKLE FARM With NC Choices and Partners: Wild Turkey Farm, NCDA Meat and Poultry Inspection Division, and Foothills Pilot Plant If you raise, process, and sell poultry up to a maximum of 20,000 birds or are interested in getting into the business, this workshop is for you. Read NC Choices' Best Management Practices Sheet, "On-Farm Poultry Processing: Tips for Safe Handling in the Summer" June 19, 2014 Join NC Choices and partners for a poultry processing workshop that will provide hands-on training and best management practices for small scale producers seeking to process their poultry on-farm.  Participants will practice and take home their own processed bird. Instructors:  Instructor and poultry grower for over 15 years, Lee Menius of Wild Turkey Farms will lead the workshop accompanied by guest speakers: Amanda Carter, Operational Manager of Foothills Pilot Plant and Marvin Luckman, Compliance Officer from NC Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Division. Workshop will include hands-on participation for all attendees. Topics will include: Best management practices including a focus on humane animal handling including the Do’s and Don’ts of home processing, worker health and safety, and sanitation. NC’s MPID guidelines for on-farm processing of poultry exempt requirements for growers raising up to 1,000 poultry/year or greater than 1,000 but no more than 20,000 poultry/year if sold within state. Operational needs including set up, process flow, and equipment. Demonstration techniques including kill, pluck, eviscerate Postmortem handling, cooling and packaging. Hands-on participant experience including kill, pluck, eviscerate, for one whole bird to take home. DETAILS: Who: All poultry growers who process on farm for sale.  Participants should dress casually and closed toed shoes are advised. When: Tuesday, July 15th from 1pm-6pm Where:  Perry-winkle Farm, Chapel Hill, NC 1061 White Cross Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516 Registration Fee:  $40 All Inclusive: You must pre-register to attend including a full deposit of $40. No refunds $40 includes one bird to take home (registration capped at 20 participants).  Registration deadline: Friday, July 11th at 12pm noon Contact: Email sarah@ncchoices.com for registration details. Why: In response to increasing consumer demand for local and niche meat production, more producers are processing poultry on farm than ever before.  According to the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Meat and Poultry Inspection Division, the number of producers who process poultry under exemption from daily inspection has grown dramatically to well over 100 growers in the state. To learn more about exempt poultry processing in North Carolina please see the NC Meat and Poultry Inspection Division's notices  on the 1,000 bird exemption and the 20,000 bird exemption. If you are interested in processing under the exemption and have not contacted MPID in Raleigh, register by calling their office at 919-707-3180. NC MPID Compliance Officer Marvin Luckman will be on-site to answer questions regarding compliance and the exemptions as well as to receive requests to operate under exemption. “We’re excited to see the rising numbers of meat handlers and the growers who are raising poultry on their farms within the state of NC. Our goal is to help ensure that those farmers interested in the processing and selling of those farm raised poultry products produce a safe and wholesome product and operate under the criteria’s identified in NCDA&CS, MPID Notices 14-12 and 15-12 poultry exempt requirements so that their businesses can continue to flourish.” –Alan Wade, State Director NCDA Meat and Poultry Inspection Division

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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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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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NC Growing Together

Read More about the NC Growing Together Pilot Project: Connecting Local Food to Mainstream MORE »

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Food Dialogues

NC Choices Program Director Casey McKissick will participate in this panel discussion in Raleigh on Thursday the 19th. Please join us in person or via livestream! MORE »

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Local Meat Workshop in Canton, NCWed Jul 23, 2014
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
Canton, NC, United States
— 10 hours away
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