Upcoming Workshops

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There are three upcoming workshops that may interest local farmers and food activists:

January 26, 2013: North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Putting Small Acreage to Work Conference

If you are looking for ways to make a living or supplement your income off of your land, we invite you to attend the Putting Small Acreage to Work Conference on January 26, 2013 at the Gaston County Citizens Resource Center in Dallas, NC from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The goal of this conference is to encourage the success and viability of small farm operations through educational workshops, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities. You will be able to explore alternative enterprises by speaking with successful producers, university personnel, and experts in the field who are already growing, producing, and researching various crops, livestock and field techniques to enhance production. Conference tracks include sessions on aquaculture, fruit production, pastured pork, pasture management, beef cattle production, parasite management for small ruminants, growing specialty crops, direct marketing of meats, forages for free range birds, importance of cover crops, and QuickBooks for farmers.

Class sessions will start promptly after registration. The program will include three breakout sessions, plus a special session on parasite management for small ruminants. Three to four topics will be discussed concurrently during each of these breakout sessions.

Pre-registration forms and a fee of $35 per person and $20 for each additional person are due by Monday, January 23. Checks made payable to Gaston County Cooperative Extension. To register go to the event website or call Gaston Co. Cooperative Extension at 704-922-2112 for more information.

RAFI-USA Come to the Table Conferences: People of Faith Relieving Hunger and Supporting Local Agriculture in North Carolina

Since 2007, people throughout North Carolina have gathered together for regional Come to the Table Conferences. These full day events bring together members of the faith community with farmers, gardeners, farm workers, educators, health professionals and community organizations to find ways to relieve hunger and support local agriculture.

Eastern Regional Conference
Monday February 4th, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Kinston, NC

Piedmont Regional Conference
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
8:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Greensboro, NC

Western Regional Conference
Friday, Mar. 15, 2013
Sylva, NC

Details and registration info are on the RAFI website.

Farm Transition Workshops

Mount Olive College’s Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center received funding from the USDA Risk Management Agency to conduct farm transition and estate planning regional events and workshops in a 20 county region in central and eastern North Carolina. Three regional events will be held to help farmers and landowners chart the future of their farm and land assets. Topics may include:

  • The Tools of Farm Transfer
  • Basic Estate Planning Documents: Wills, Trusts, Gifting
  • Federal and State Tax Updates
  • Creating a Team of Advisors
  • Farm Transition Planning and Affordability

The regional events will be held:

January 16, 2013 at Lee County Cooperative Extension; for information and to register call 919-775-5624.

February 20, 2013 at Robeson County Cooperative Extension; for information and to register call 910-671-3276.

March 7, 2013 at Mount Olive College’s Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center; for information and to register call 919-658-7510.

Preregistration is required. There is a registration fee of $10 per person and $5 for each additional family member. Materials and workbooks will be provided to all attendees as a tool to guide a successful farm transition and estate planning process. These events are open to all farmers and landowners.

Additional workshops will be offered across central and eastern North Carolina and will focus specifically on identified issues of interest to particular groups. These workshops can be offered in different formats to meet the needs of a variety of audiences. If you are aware of a group or association that has a desire for specific information related to farm transition and estate planning, please contact the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center at 919-658-7510 for workshop information and opportunities.

Additional information about upcoming events and resources can be found at www.mocagbiz.com/farmtransition or contact the Agribusiness Center at 919-658-7510.