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Farm Health
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Many of you will be interested to learn about Animal Welfare Approved's exciting new resource called Farm Health Online. Designed for farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and advisors, Farm Health Online currently covers four main species: cattle, sheep, poultry and pigs. Each species has sections on 'Disease Management' and 'Health and Welfare.' A 'Veterinary Management' section also provides information on key and emerging issues, such as antibiotic resistance, health planning and vaccination. The content is fully referenced and reviewed by veterinarians. While online advice can never replace support from a qualified vet, Farm Health Online provides the necessary tools and resources to help bridge the current gap, and encourages the adoption of high-welfare, sustainable management practices while helping farmers have informed conversations with their vet about preventative management and alternative treatments. www.farmhealthonline.com

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Farm Health
Online

Many of you will be interested to learn about Animal Welfare Approved's exciting new resource called Farm Health Online. Designed for farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and advisors, Farm Health Online currently covers four main species: cattle, sheep, poultry and pigs. Each species has sections on 'Disease Management' and 'Health and Welfare.' A 'Veterinary Management' section also provides information on key and emerging issues, such as antibiotic resistance, health planning and vaccination. The content is fully referenced and reviewed by veterinarians. While online advice can never replace support from a qualified vet, Farm Health Online provides the necessary tools and resources to help bridge the current gap, and encourages the adoption of high-welfare, sustainable management practices while helping farmers have informed conversations with their vet about preventative management and alternative treatments. www.farmhealthonline.com

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Pasture Porkshop
Participant Packet

With the Schedule at a Glance and Session Descriptions. We will post more resources from the Porkshop soon after the event. Pasture Porkshop Participant Packet

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NEW! How to Sell
Pastured Meat Products to Grocery Stores via Direct-Store-Delivery

Check out the new Cooperative Extension publication released by NC Choices and The NC Growing Together Project titled, How to Sell Pastured Meat Products to Grocery Stores via Direct-Store-Delivery.  This publication aims to help small or medium-scale pastured meat producers in North Carolina interested in expanding markets into community grocery stores, co-ops, and other retail stores get started.  Many thanks to the reviewers and collaborators who helped put together this document.

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The Pasture Porkshop
is SOLD OUT!

The Pasture Porkshop is officially SOLD OUT! If you're interested in being added to the registration waitlist please contact Lisa Forehand at lisa_forehand@ncsu.edu If you have questions about the Porkshop programming, please contact Sheila Neal at sheila@ncchoices.com  or  (919) 260-7465

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Sarah Blacklin, NC
Choices Director, Recognized as Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives

RALEIGH, NC (March 1​6​, 2016) – Sarah Blacklin, Program Director of NC Choices, is among the visionaries being recognized nationally through Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives, a search to identify and honor 100 leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better.  NC Choices is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems that promotes the advancement of local, niche, and pasture-based meat supply chains through education, networking, and technical assistance for producers, processors, food professionals, and buyers.  Blacklin was specifically honored for her role in creating and implementing Women Working in the Meat Business, trainings and conferences designed to help women overcome real and perceived barriers in their meat business careers.  Honorees were announced yesterday​ at a National Ag Day event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Farm Credit launched the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives program as part of its 100th anniversary of service to rural communities and agriculture.  As a Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honoree Blacklin joins an impressive list of leaders in agriculture and rural enterprise. “Farm Credit has supported rural communities and agriculture for 100 years, and we understand the vision and commitment it takes to remain successful as rural America evolves and changes,” said Todd Van Hoose, president and chief executive officer of the Farm Credit Council. “The Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees are inspiring examples of leaders who are creating a brighter, more vibrant future for rural America.” Selected by a panel of experts on rural matters, including Farm Credit leaders and others from around the agriculture industry, honorees like Blacklin are among the best-of-the-best who are positively shaping what is next for rural communities and agriculture. “I believe women have the ability to problem-solve key supply chain challenges and advance our local food and farming system.   I hope the Women Working in the Meat Business programming is one step in that process and I'm grateful to Farm Credit, to our funders at the USDA Southern Risk Management and Education Center, and to the larger CEFS team for making these opportunities possible,” said Blacklin. NC Choices’ Women Working in the Meat Business programming builds upon “Leadership and Cattle Handling for Female Producers”, a series of hands-on farm training workshops for women cattle producers offered by CEFS’ Amazing Grazing initiative. Women Working in the Meat Business developed out of a need and desire for specialized, intensive training expressed by women producers, butchers, processors and chefs.  Now entering its third year, Blacklin has been the catalyst, designer, and implementer of the program since its inception.  In addition to coordinating the program content and logistics, Blacklin worked tirelessly to secure sponsorships that enabled thirty-two women from across the country to attend the last conference.  She has also been instrumental in promoting this important story through the media, initiating widespread conversations about the growing role of women in local foods and sustainable agriculture.   Women Working in the Meat Business was featured on local and National Public Radio segments and in an article in The New York Times which identified the program as the nation’s only retreat for women in the meat business. Workshop participants unanimously report greater understanding and improved confidence in pricing and profit, efficient carcass utilization, marketing, and creating value-added products. The next Women Working in the Meat Business conference will be held October 2-4, 2016. For a complete list of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honorees, visit farmcredit100.com/top100.

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SAVE THE DATE! Pasture Porkshop May 25, 2016

SAVE THE DATE! Keep an eye out for registration for NC Cooperative Extension and NC Choices’ Pasture “Porkshop” coming May 25, 2016 to Forsyth Cooperative Extension Offices in Winston-Salem. A full day of MORE »

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 MORE »

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Amazing Grazing Female Leadership in Livestock HandlingSat Oct 1 - Sat Oct 1, 2016 - ALL DAY— 4 months away
Women Working in the Meat Business ConferenceSun Oct 2 - Tue Oct 4, 2016 - ALL DAY Where:
Chapel Hill, NC
— 4 months away
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