N.C. MarketReady Trainings Abound in March

March 4, 11, April 1 – N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family Training Series in Wilson, N.C.
March 9, 10, 11 – Value-Added Funding Opportunities, Regional Information Meetings & Webinar
March 10 – Tomato Growers Information Portal Webinar
March 17, 18 – Crisis Preparedness Training in Raleigh, N.C.

N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety – Field to Family Training Series in Wilson, N.C.
March 4, 11 and April 1, 2010

N.C. Cooperative Extension agents will conduct N.C. MarketReady Fresh Produce Safety ” Field to Family training workshops (Tier 1) at the Wilson County Agricultural Center in Wilson, N.C. The seven-hour training will be divided into three Thursday sessions:

March 4, 2010 – 3 to 5 p.m. (Modules 1 & 2)
March 11, 2010 – 7 to 9 p.m. (Modules 3 & 4)
April 1, 2010 – 3 to 6 p.m. (Modules 5 & 6)

To pre-register or for more information please call Connie Bailey at 252-237-0111 or view the announcement.

Wilson County Agricultural Center
1806 SW Goldsboro St.
Wilson, NC 27893
Directions

Value-Added Funding Opportunities, Regional Information Meetings & Webinar
March 9, 10 and 11, 2010

Value-added agricultural operations are an emerging sector of North Carolina agriculture. Several funding programs are in place to assist value-added producers. A series of three informational sessions (two meetings and a webinar) will be held across North Carolina in March to explain and answer questions about the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) and the new N.C. Value-Added Cost Share Program (NCVACS), administered by N.C. MarketReady.

March 9, 2010, 12:30 to 4 p.m. – Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Mills River, N.C.
March 10, 2010, 12:30 to 4 p.m. – N.C. Cooperative Extension Center, Wilson County, Wilson, N.C.
March 11, 2010, 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Live webinar, accessible from any location using your personal computer and the Internet. No password required, simply log on at the designated time. http://elluminate.wolfware.ncsu.edu/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1261498476176

For more information about the upcoming meetings, please contact Brittany Whitmire, program coordinator at brittany_whitmire@ncsu.edu or 919-830-9557. Registration is not required.

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
Directions

N.C. Cooperative Extension Center, Wilson County
1806 SW Goldsboro Street
Wilson, NC 27893
Directions

Tomato Growers Information Portal Webinar
March 10, 2010

Join Dr. Chris Gunter, N.C. State vegetable production specialist, and other tomato experts at N.C. State University for a virtual tour of the Tomato Growers Information Portal, a new Web portal designed specifically for N.C. tomato growers and Extension agents. Online resources include business management tools, the latest production guidelines, links to weather and climate data and much more.
When: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 – 10 to 11 a.m.
Where: Click here to join the webinar (System Requirements)

This is an open meeting. Attendees don’t require a password to join. If asked for a Login Name and Password, simply type in your first and last name and leave the password blank.

Crisis Preparedness Training in Raleigh, N.C.
March 17-18, 2010

N.C. MarketReady and the N.C. Fresh Produce Safety Task Force will offer a two-day training in crisis preparedness, March 17 and 18, at the Butler Building on the N.C. State University campus, 3210 Faucette Drive in Raleigh, N.C.

Producers, representatives of commodity associations and anyone involved in the fresh produce industry are encouraged to participate to learn how to manage a crisis in the event a food-borne illness outbreak occurs in North Carolina. The training will include real-life examples of food-borne illness outbreaks in the fresh produce industry and how they were handled. It will focus on how to work with the news media, including how to develop key messages and how to respond to tough questions. The training is designed to walk participants through a crisis management plan that they can take home and tailor for their respective businesses. Templates and other tools will be provided. View the flier.

March 17, 2010 Noon to 5 p.m.
March 18, 2010 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. Register by February 26, 2010 at phhi_info@ncsu.edu or 704-250-5400. For more information, contact Leah Chester-Davis at leah_chester-davis@ncsu.edu or 704-250-5406.

Butler Building, N.C. State University Campus
3210 Faucette Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695
919-513-3045

Directions:

From I-40 East
Take I-40 East to Raleigh. At the I-40/Wade Avenue split, stay right for the Wade Ave. exit. At the third stoplight, turn right onto Faircloth St. Stay straight on Faircloth (which turns into Gorman St) and turn left at the third light onto Western Blvd. At the next stoplight turn left onto Varsity Drive. The Butler Communications Building will be on the right. Park in the West Lot across from building. Parking pass available at reception desk in Butler Communications Building.

From US 64

Take US 64 West towards Raleigh. US 64 West will merge with East I-440 (Inner Beltline). After approximately seven miles, exit onto Gorman Street, exit 295. Turn right at the stoplight onto Gorman Street and follow it to the second traffic light. Turn right onto Avent Ferry Road. At the next stoplight, turn left onto Western Blvd. At the second light, turn right onto Varsity Drive. The Butler Communications Building will be on the right. Park in the West Lot across from building. Parking pass available at reception desk in Butler Communications Building.

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