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Seminar Scheduled to Help NC Food Processors Reduce Risk of Contamination

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer a seminar March 27 to help food processors develop strategies for reducing the risk of intentional food contamination and for handling such incidents if they occur. The seminar will cover a variety of topics, including a computerized and interactive food defense model; remediation and clearance goals; risk factors and risk communication; disposal of contaminated waste; and preventive controls.

Funding for the seminar is through a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Innovative Food Defense Program. For more information, contact Kristen Baughman at 919-733-7366, or visit our calendar. 

Sequestration Cuts Will Be Gradual

We’ve been warned that the federal budget cuts known as sequester was going to have affects in meat processing plants. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it will be a gradual decline in money and services over the next few weeks:

“There will not be one single day when you wake up and all of a sudden things are completely different. It will be an evolution and while that is going on, all the things that are happening in other parts of the government will be going on as well. So likely there will be longer lines at the airport and schools getting notices about not enough federal support. Companies in the defense area are beginning to decrease hiring and notify of layoffs. Its beginning to have an effect.” 

Farm Management Workshops Offered by Clemson University

Learn how to create your own farm enterprise budget, conduct farm productivity analysis, understand your own accounting data and be able to plan your farm business actions, and perform financial feasibility analysis with the help of Clemson University Extension software. Bring your farm production records to test the financial feasibility. This training has been designed for any grower, FSA officer, landowner, lender, rancher or extension specialist with farm enterprise responsibilities.

Two different workshops will be offered, both are in two, one-day sessions, and all are at the Greenville Cooperative Extension office in Greenville. For more information, and details on how to sign up, visit our calendar. Workshops get underway in mid-March, but space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

National Pork Board Meets this Week

The National Pork Board will meet this week in Orlando during the National Pork Industry Forum. As a grassroots organization – National Pork Board Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak says producers provide input into the Pork Checkoff process…

“Those producers have an opportunity to offer policy resolutions that then become a part of hor our organization is directed. That is one of the great strengths of our organization, is the ability for local farmers to have a role in directing the work of their organization.” is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.