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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:

NC Choices News

Register Now! Marketing Local Meat | An NC Choices Intensive | 8.23.18

July 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Register Now! Marketing Local Meat | An NC Choices Intensive | 8.23.18

Register Here:  https://bit.ly/2tlXeKR  Marketing Local Meat: a hands-on intensive for meat producers This full-day marketing workshop for local meat producers focuses on how to achieve profitable outcomes through targeted marketing strategies. This intensive will include [...]

Seeking Poultry Plant Manager at Foothills Processing, LLC, in Marion, NC

June 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Seeking Poultry Plant Manager at Foothills Processing, LLC, in Marion, NC

Foothills Processing in Marion, NC (Formerly Foothills Pilot Plant) is seeking a Plant Manager in order to resume operation of the only USDA Inspected Poultry Plant for independent producers in NC.

Mobile Poultry Processing Demo | June 21, 2018 10-3pm | Germanton, NC

June 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Mobile Poultry Processing Demo | June 21, 2018 10-3pm | Germanton, NC

NC Cooperative Extension hosts this demo where participants will learn how to process poultry using mobile poultry processing equipment available for rent.

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.

Listservs

NC Choices has two moderated listservs. Both listservs are pertinent to commercial producers/farmers, meat processors, food-service professionals, distributors, and buyers directly involved in the local, pastured meat supply chain in and around North Carolina.

NC Choices News listserv serves as a forum for educational and marketing opportunities as they pertain to local and niche meats. Use this list to share:

  • Events, scholarly and news articles, educational opportunities, and ideas
  • Technical Questions
  • Seeking specific consulting services
  • Job postings and employment opportunities of NATIONAL interest
  • Advertise processing services

To Sign Up for NC Choices’ News: email sheila@ncchoices.com and put “Sign Up for News” in the subject line.

NC Choices Classifieds listserv serves as a forum for meat and livestock commerce for both individuals and commercial interests. It is an “industry only” list and is not intended for use by consumers looking to purchase finished, consumable meat products. Use this list to:

  • Buy, sell, trade, lease equipment, and livestock
  • Share other commerce and business exchange as it pertains to the niche meat sector
  • Announce job postings and employment opportunities of LOCAL interest
  • Advertise processing services

To Sign Up for NC Choices Classifieds: email sheila@ncchoices.com and put “Sign Up for Classifieds” in the subject line.

Partners

  • Dr. Beth Yongue, State Director, NCDA & CS Meat and Poultry Inspection Division
  • Amanda Carter, Cool Hand Meats
  • Casey McKissick, Foothills Farm and Butchery and consultant
  • Debbie Hamrick, Director of Specialty Crops, NC Farm Bureau
  • Emily Lancaster Moose, Director of Communications and Outreach, A Greener World
  • Jennifer Curtis, Firsthand Foods
  • Silvana Pietrosemoli, Research Associate, Animal Science Department, NC State
  • Johnny Rogers, Amazing Grazing Program Coordinator, Rogers Cattle Company LLC
  • Lee Menius, Wild Turkey Farms
  • Matt Poore, Extension Livestock Commodity Coordinator, Professor & Extension Ruminant Nutrition Specialist, Animal Science NC State
  • Nancy Creamer, Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems
  • Noah Ranells, Fickle Creek Farm
  • Rebecca Dunning, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, NC State
  • Sam Suchoff, The Pig and Lady Edison Meats
  • Asher Wright, Warren Wilson College
  • Ex-officio, Lauren Gwin and/or Rebecca Thistlewaite, Niche Meat Processing Assistance Network