Meating will come to order
The N.C. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (N.C. SARE) Program has funds to send nine Cooperative Extension agents to the Carolina Meat Conference Oct. 12 and 13 at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. The Sept. 12 deadline is fast approaching. To apply, contact Molly Hamilton.
The Carolina Meat Conference is hosted by NC Choices, an initiative of coordinated by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. The CEFS is a collaborative effort bringing together resources from the SAES, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 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.
The year’s Carolina Meat Conference keynote speaker will be 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.