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April 13, 2007

NC Choices schedules workshops

NC Choices, a program that links consumers with local hog farmers using alternative production practices, is sponsoring a continuing series of workshops April through June. Workshops are held twice, once in Orange County and once in Duplin County at centers of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

· A workshop on Risk Management and Taxes will be held April 26 in Orange County. (The Duplin County workshop was April 10.)

· The May workshop will focus on Farm Safety and a farm tour and demonstration. It will be May 8 in Duplin County and May 24 in Orange County.

· In June, the workshop will be about General Herd Health and Biosecurity. It will be held June 12 in Duplin County and June 28 in Orange County.

Buying straight from local farmers guarantees fresher, less traveled meat. These farmers provide a healthy alternative to store-bought pork. More and more consumers are looking for meats raised without the use of antibiotics and hormones. Knowing local farmers and their practices gives consumers confidence that the meat they purchase is good for their families.

NC Choices was developed by N.C. State University, N.C. A&T State University, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and others to help small and mid-sized hog farms find local markets for niche pork products. The program, funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is administered by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Posted by Natalie at April 13, 2007 01:15 PM