NC Choices, an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), has received a $325,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. The funds will be used over two years to provide small-scale, commercial meat processors across the state with assistance, including business development and technical training. The project is expected to help meat processors grow their businesses, create jobs and advance the niche meat industry in the state.
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ statewide initiative to stimulate economic development, create jobs and promote North Carolina’s farms and fisheries announced that more than $5.7 million in local foods expenditures have been reported by local individuals, organizations and institutions participating in the campaign.
A group of North Carolina State University faculty members has been recognized for helping farmers stay in business during the phase-out of a popular fumigant.
The second season of the Commissioner’s Speaker Series began March 23, as a panel of agribusiness leaders joined Steve Troxler, state agriculture commissioner, at N.C. State University to talk about local and sustainable agriculture.
Focusing on the science behind sustainable agricultural systems, the 2011 Nusbaum Conference at N.C. State University features leaders in a broad area of agriculture and related subjects. Michael Specter, award-winning writer for the New Yorker, is the keynote speaker.
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has named Moore County Agriculture Agent Taylor Williams its 2010 North Carolina Extension Agent of the Year.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan told audiences at N.C. State and N.C. A&T State universities during a Feb. 9 visit that she came to North Carolina because the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ commitment to promoting local food economies.
Alpha Gamma Rho, the agriculture fraternity at N.C. State University, raised $500 for the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) with its first Ag-Bash.
In September, Bayer CropScience’s Dr. Nick Hamon presented the final of three gift installments from the company to fully endow the position of Bayer Environmental Science Professor of Sustainable Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
During the Oct. 4 Borlaug Lecture, Dr. Paul Anastas of the Environmental Protection Agency said innovation is required to help society reduce its dependence on products and processes that rely on toxic substances.