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Register Today: Small
Flock Poultry Seminar, May 11th - Winston-Salem

This seminar is geared towards future flock owners, beginners, and intermediate small scale or backyard flock owners raising their birds for meat or eggs in NC. Pre-Registration required by 5/2. You can register online here or click on the link in the flier. PoultrySeminarFlyer_1

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Register Today: Small
Flock Poultry Seminar, May 11th - Winston-Salem

This seminar is geared towards future flock owners, beginners, and intermediate small scale or backyard flock owners raising their birds for meat or eggs in NC. Pre-Registration required by 5/2. You can register online here or click on the link in the flier. PoultrySeminarFlyer_1

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Register Today:
Full-Day Pasture Porkshop! May 25th, Winston-Salem

Don't miss NC Choices and NC Cooperative Extension's Pasture Porkshop, May 25th in Winston-Salem

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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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Firsthand Foods'
Carcass Value Estimator Tool

Effective use of this spreadsheet (you do need Excel in order to utilize the estimator) will give you a clear understanding of your carcass yields. Thanks to Firsthand Foods for developing and publicly sharing this spreadsheet in partnership with NC Choices. Firsthand Foods' Carcass Value Estimator Tool

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Agricultural
Marketing Services Grass Fed Label Change

Many of you have asked questions about the new Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) change to withdraw the voluntary marketing claim standard, Grass (Forage) Fed, and the Naturally Raised Marketing Claim Standard. To help address some of your questions, NC Choices has put together a brief set of questions and answers on the Grass fed Label change. grassfed_AMS_announcement_4

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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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Regional Small Flock Poultry Owner SeminarWed May 11, 2016
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Where:
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 1450 Fairchild Rd # 6, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, United States
— 7 days away
NC Choices and CES Pasture PorkshopWed May 25 - Wed May 25, 2016 - ALL DAY Where:
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 1450 Fairchild Rd # 6, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, United States
— 3 weeks away
Amazing Grazing Female Leadership in Livestock HandlingSat Oct 1 - Sat Oct 1, 2016 - ALL DAY— 5 months away
Women Working in the Meat Business ConferenceSun Oct 2 - Tue Oct 4, 2016 - ALL DAY Where:
Chapel Hill, NC
— 5 months away
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