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Discount registration deadline for meaters

calendar_iconEarly bird registration has begun for the mid-October Carolina Meat Conference and until July 10 the registration fee is $175—a rate that escalates to $200 on July 11.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems — a joint undertaking of the SAES, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer services and N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences — is part of the NC Choices initiative that coordinates the annual Carolina Meat Conference.

The 2015 Carolina Meat Institute will be Oct. 12 and 13 at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. This year’s keynote speaker is Allan Savory, an ecologist with an international following who espouses properly managed livestock as a method for reversing desertification and other environmental missteps. The conference also offers registered participants two days of presentations and panel discussions devoted to meat cutting instruction, new regulations that will affect livestock production and meat processing for local and niche markets and industries.

The SAES’s ties to the NC Choices Initiative and the Carolina Meat Conference is a continuation of a leadership role in niche livestock production that dates back more than 15 years, when SAES research and Extension efforts with pastured pork gained national media attention. Dr. Noah Ranells, A&T Cooperative Extension’s small farm agribusiness management and marketing specialist, is part of the planning team for this year’s Carolina Meat Conference and the SAES’s dean, Dr. Bill Randle, will be providing one of the official welcomes for conference participants.

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