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June 16, 2005

Organic grain, oilseed workshop is July 21

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro, North Carolina, will hold an organic grain and oilseed workshop 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21.

Demand for organically produced meat, dairy products and eggs is driving the market for organic grains. In addition, North Carolina mills need more than 100,000 bushels of organic wheat and corn. This workshop will allow producers to:

· See organic grain production plots and plots in transition to organic production;
· Inspect and compare soybean varieties for food-grade markets and for livestock feed;
· See summer cover crops and alternative grain crops;
· Watch a demonstration of mechanical weed control; and
· Visit with crop specialists and organic grain buyers.

The workshop is free of charge, but pre-registration is required by 5 p.m. July 15. To register, contact Molly Hamilton, extension assistant, 828.628.2675 or molly_hamilton@ncsu.edu.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems represents a new model that combines research, extension and education, as well as broad stakeholder involvement. The center is a partnership among North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, non-governmental organizations and other state and federal agencies.

--N. Hampton

Posted by deeshore at June 16, 2005 01:34 PM