NC Choices, CEFS to host meat conference in March

Registration is now open for the Carolina Meat Conference, March 25-27 in Concord. This first-ever statewide conference on meat production is sponsored by NC Choices and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

Independent meat producers, processors or butchers, retail grocers, chefs or food service professionals, Extension agents or interested consumer are all invited to attend this event that will focus on:

. hands-on training sessions to improve carcass utilization, value-added product development and artisanal butchery techniques;
. innovative marketing alliances and regional processing initiatives;
. emerging trends, marketing standards and regulatory issues; and
. the impact of production practices on meat quality, marketability and profitability.

Visit the conference website for the schedule for two full days of information and fun-filled activities for those interested in the growing market for local meats. Visit for registration information and a link to register on-line.

Early registration rates run until Feb. 18. Some training sessions are limited to 25 participants and are available on a first-come, first-served basis so act now to secure a spot.

Sponsors may make a tax-deductible contribution to Friends of CEFS.

Friends of CEFS, NC Choices and the Carolina Meat Conference are programs of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). Friends of CEFS is a membership organization for those who share our commitment to a sustainable future for agriculture. Donations to Friends of CEFS are tax-deductable and held in the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID 56-6049304).

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