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December 20, 2005

Small-acreage farming conference is Jan. 21

A day-long conference for small-acreage farmers will be held Jan. 21 at North Carolina Cooperative Extension's Duplin County Center in Kenansville.

Titled "Putting Small Acreage to Work," the conference is sponsored by Cooperative Extension. Speakers will explore innovative marketing methods and new product alternatives designed to increase profitability on small-acreage farms. Evaluating markets, natural pork production, market development, culinary herb production and ethnic and niche markets will be among the topics covered. Farmers will also learn about growing and investing in other types of commodities, such as freshwater shrimp, heirloom vegetables, muscadine grapes and goats.

The conference will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $45 per person registration fee, which includes lunch and an informational CD. To register, contact Ed Emory, director of Cooperative Extension programs in Duplin County, at 910.296.2143 or by email to ed_emory@ncsu.edu. Information is also available on line at http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/smallacreage.

-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at December 20, 2005 09:04 AM