Small Farms Resources at NC A&T State University

Pasture Pork Conference, 2015

The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) hosted a Pasture Pork Conference in Greensboro, N.C. February 12, 2015 (sponsored by NC A&T, NC Extension, CEFS, Southern SARE, Farm Credit Assoc of NC). More than 100 people attended the daylong event where 15 experts advised and instructed participants on creating successful pasture-pork operations. The speakers and their topics – available by clicking on the hyperlinks – are listed below.

Conference agenda
Conference speaker bios


Dr. John McGlone, Texas Tech University
Start up, marketing, breeds/systems, management basics (feeding, housing)
A Sustainable Outdoor Pork Production Farm (PowerPoint)

David Stender, Iowa State University
Basics of economics and financial planning
Financially Successful Pasture Niche Pigs (PowerPoint)

Iowa Pork Industry Center – Niche Pork Production handbook

Tim Holmes, Animal Welfare Approved Program
Pastured Pigs, Animal Welfare Approved (PowerPoint)

James Robinson, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)
Whole Farm Revenue Protection (PowerPoint)

Lee Menius, Wild Turkey Farm
Meat Quality, Choosing a Processor, and Pricing (PowerPoint)
Hog Carcass Breakdown (handout)

Dr. Michelle Eley, N.C. A&T State University
Considering Cooperation? (PowerPoint)
How to Start a Cooperative. USDA, Rural Development. (online PDF)
Hogs on the Range. Carolina growers form co-op to supply local pasture-based pork market, pages 11-13, 42. Rural Cooperative Magazine. July/August 2011 (online PDF)

Silvana Pietrosemoli, North Carolina State University, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
Outdoor Swine Research at CEFS (PowerPoint)


David Stender, Iowa State University
Advanced economics and financial planning
Financially Successful Pasture Niche Pigs (PowerPoint)

Jim Green, NCSU/NRCS
Environmental Considerations: Housing, Foraging, Fencing & Nutrient Management (PowerPoint)
Forages for Various Seasons – Mid Atlantic (handout)

Eric van Heugten, NCSU
Feeding, Designing Diets, and Alternative Feeds (PowerPoint)

Noah Ranells, N.C. A&T
Record Keeping Tools & Marketing (PowerPoint)


Jim Kittrell, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Feral Swine and Swine ID in North Carolina (PowerPoint)


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