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NC Choices

NC Choices, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in collaboration with NC Cooperative Extension, promotes sustainable food systems through the advancement of the local, niche, and pasture-based meat supply chain in North Carolina. NC Choices provides information, technical assistance, educational programming, and networking opportunities for farmers, extension agents, meat processors, buyers, distributors, and consumers.

Poultry Processing Updates:

Due to the 2017 closure of Foothills Pilot Plant, information and updates on the status of  poultry processing options across the state can be found below.  Click to view the following:

NEW Project: NC Choices Supports Beginning Meat Producers with Business Resources, Training, and Land-Lease Opportunities

NC Choices launches a new USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher grant focused on increasing the number of beginning farmers raising meat through either pasture-based or silvopasture systems by providing them with novel land acquisition strategies, resources, and training opportunities to increase skills, decision-making tools, and the market and buyer connections needed to operate profitably.

Notably, NC Choices will help pair beginning farmers with solar farms, landowners with woodland plots for silvopasture, and land conservancy land under conservation easements across the state.

WE NEED YOUR HELP:

Are you a beginning NC meat producer (raising meat animals for 10 years or less) looking to lease land?

Are you a NC land owner with woodland acreage, land under conservation easement, or solar panel installations interested in working with grazing animal production?

Please click here to learn more about the project and fill out an “interest form” and a team member will be in touch with you.

NC Choices News

Silvopasture Can Mitigate Climate Change. Will U.S. Farmers Take it Seriously?

January 16th, 2019|Comments Off on Silvopasture Can Mitigate Climate Change. Will U.S. Farmers Take it Seriously?

Silvopasture Can Mitigate Climate Change. Will U.S. Farmers Take it Seriously? | By Lela Nargi | Civil Eats | January 7, 2019    

DECEMBER 10, 2018 | Deadline to Apply for 2018 Hurricane & Tropical Storm Disaster Program

December 6th, 2018|Comments Off on DECEMBER 10, 2018 | Deadline to Apply for 2018 Hurricane & Tropical Storm Disaster Program

Pasture-based livestock producers within eligible counties with damage to standing forage as a result of Hurricane Florence and/or Tropical Storm Michael are eligible for the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018.  Applications are being [...]

CFSA Announces New Hurricane Relief Effort for Small NC & SC Farms

December 6th, 2018|Comments Off on CFSA Announces New Hurricane Relief Effort for Small NC & SC Farms

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is announcing a new hurricane relief effort targeting small farms in North and South Carolina. What is the RESEED Recovery Fund? The RESEED Recovery Fund provides affordable loans to farmers [...]

Resources

NC Choices offers a large collection of resource documents and multimedia to support the farmers, extension agents, meat processors, buyers, distributors and consumers of North Carolina. See our full library of NC Choices resources here.