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Henderson County Center 2015 AG Options Grant - Intent to Apply Deadline Fri Oct 24 (All Day Event) — 3 days away

To: All Farmers
From: R. Craig Mauney, Extension Area Agent-Commercial Vegetables
Re: WNC Ag Options Grant Funding for 2015

Western North Carolina Farmers now have the chance to apply for farm diversification grants for the year 2015 through the North Carolina Cooperative Extension WNC AgOptions Program. Note the very important deadline of filing an "Intent to Apply Form Due 10/24/14". Application Deadline is 11/21/14.

WNC AgOptions awards farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations $3,000 and $6,000 grants to offset the risk of trying a new venture. The NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission recently funded WNC Agriculture Options through 2016, guaranteeing that WNC Farmers will receive a total of $340,000 in small grants for the next two years.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session 5:30pm to 7:00pm on October 16 at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. Program leaders will offer an overview of the program, review requirements for applying, and give tips for writing applications. See http://www.wncagoptions.org/2015-grant-information-session/ for more details.


Important Dates:
1. Intent to Apply Form Due - 10/24/14
2. Application Deadline - (Post marked) 11/21/14
3. Applicants contacted for phone interview – Week of December 8, 2014
4. Letter of Acceptance or Regrets – Week of January 5, 2015
5. Required (if accepted) one-day orientation/educational workshop – Thursday, February 12, 2015
6. Business Plans for $6,000 recipients due – August 1, 2015
7. Final date for grant spending, expense reports etc – November 27, 2015

Counties Eligible: Henderson, Haywood, Buncombe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey
Contact for Haywood, Henderson & Buncombe Counties: Craig Mauney, Extension Area Agent, Commercial Vegetables, craig_mauney@ncsu.edu, 828-697-4891
For more information: Contact the agents with Cooperative Extension in your County. You can also visit our website at http://www.wncagoptions.org

Henderson County Center Retail Ready Workshop Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Mill Spring Ag Center, 156 School Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756
— 6 days away

Please find below the registration for a free workshop (lunch provided) in Mill Spring, NC on October 27th, which will cover a variety of topics on expanding markets beyond direct sales for your farm or food product operation. We hope to see you there!

http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/event-retail-ready-workshop/

Sincerely,
Ben Filippo
Food Systems Coordinator
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
287 East St., Suite 421 Pittsboro, NC 27312
Cell: 561-308-5796
www.carolinafarmstewards.org

Henderson County Center EMGV Interest Meeting Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM — 1 week away

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Henderson County Center GAP Training - 2 Part Fresh Produce Good Agriculture Practices Workshop Wed Nov 5, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Henderson County Cooperative Extension, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792
— 2 weeks away

Media Contact: Craig Mauney, Extension Area Agent, Commercial Vegetables
Phone: 828-697-4891
Email: craig_mauney@ncsu.edu
Event Date: Session 1 - Wednesday, November 5, 2014;
Session 2 – Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm each day.
Location: Henderson County Cooperative Extension, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Speaker: Craig Mauney, Extension Area Agent, Commercial Vegetables
Registration required: Register by contacting Ivy_Olson@ncsu.edu or craig_mauney@ncsu.edu, 828-697-4891
Cost: Total Cost for both Sessions - $50.00; Session 1 Alone - $35.00; Session 2 Alone - $15.00; Cost includes GAP Workbook, breaks and lunch each day.

Please include our event in the calendar of your organization

Henderson County Cooperative Extension is having a workshop this fall to provide farmers in the area with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet marketing requirements. This two-part Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) Workshop will address how farms of all sizes can achieve USDA GAPs Certification, deliver information on principles of fresh produce safety and on-farm hazard assessment, as well as providing assistance with creating a produce farm safety plan.

The workshop will be held at the Henderson County Extension Office from 9am to 4pm on November 5th & 19th, 2014. Cost for materials and lunch each day will be $50.00. If a Farm is already GAP Certified the first day will meet the update portion of the annual certification. The second day will be writing the food safety plan for the farm of any size.

Portions of the first workshop will take place outside. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a water bottle, and appropriate weather gear. The workshop will take place rain or shine.

Details Workshop Day 1 – The first workshop, Principles of Fresh Produce Safety and Navigating the USDA GAP Audit, will combine classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns as well as strategies to minimize contamination. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance to fulfill a portion of the eligibility requirements to receive possible GAP's Cost Share Assistance.

Details Workshop Day 2 – The second workshop, Fresh Produce Safety Program and Plan Development will provide direct assistance to producers in completing a fresh produce safety plan. Attendees will leave this session with a well-developed working draft of their specific food safety plan, which becomes the framework for an audit, and can be used to demonstration individual farm risk-reduction steps. Completion of the first workshop is a prerequisite and basic computer knowledge is required in order to receive the maximum benefit from this session. Please bring a laptop with wireless capability and word program installed.

Henderson County Center GAP Training - 2 Part Fresh Produce Good Agriculture Practices Workshop Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Henderson County Cooperative Extension, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792
— 4 weeks away

Media Contact: Craig Mauney, Extension Area Agent, Commercial Vegetables
Phone: 828-697-4891
Email: craig_mauney@ncsu.edu
Event Date: Session 1 - Wednesday, November 5, 2014;
Session 2 – Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm each day.
Location: Henderson County Cooperative Extension, 100 Jackson Park Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Speaker: Craig Mauney, Extension Area Agent, Commercial Vegetables
Registration required: Register by contacting Ivy_Olson@ncsu.edu or craig_mauney@ncsu.edu, 828-697-4891
Cost: Total Cost for both Sessions - $50.00; Session 1 Alone - $35.00; Session 2 Alone - $15.00; Cost includes GAP Workbook, breaks and lunch each day.

Please include our event in the calendar of your organization

Henderson County Cooperative Extension is having a workshop this fall to provide farmers in the area with the tools to reduce food safety risks and meet marketing requirements. This two-part Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) Workshop will address how farms of all sizes can achieve USDA GAPs Certification, deliver information on principles of fresh produce safety and on-farm hazard assessment, as well as providing assistance with creating a produce farm safety plan.

The workshop will be held at the Henderson County Extension Office from 9am to 4pm on November 5th & 19th, 2014. Cost for materials and lunch each day will be $50.00. If a Farm is already GAP Certified the first day will meet the update portion of the annual certification. The second day will be writing the food safety plan for the farm of any size.

Portions of the first workshop will take place outside. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a water bottle, and appropriate weather gear. The workshop will take place rain or shine.

Details Workshop Day 1 – The first workshop, Principles of Fresh Produce Safety and Navigating the USDA GAP Audit, will combine classroom and on-farm instruction to provide producers with the tools needed to identify potential food safety concerns as well as strategies to minimize contamination. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance to fulfill a portion of the eligibility requirements to receive possible GAP's Cost Share Assistance.

Details Workshop Day 2 – The second workshop, Fresh Produce Safety Program and Plan Development will provide direct assistance to producers in completing a fresh produce safety plan. Attendees will leave this session with a well-developed working draft of their specific food safety plan, which becomes the framework for an audit, and can be used to demonstration individual farm risk-reduction steps. Completion of the first workshop is a prerequisite and basic computer knowledge is required in order to receive the maximum benefit from this session. Please bring a laptop with wireless capability and word program installed.

Henderson County Center 2015 Ag Options Grant - Applications due/post marked Fri Nov 21 (All Day Event) — 1 month away

To: All Farmers
From: R. Craig Mauney, Extension Area Agent-Commercial Vegetables
Re: WNC Ag Options Grant Funding for 2015

Western North Carolina Farmers now have the chance to apply for farm diversification grants for the year 2015 through the North Carolina Cooperative Extension WNC AgOptions Program. Note the very important deadline of filing an "Intent to Apply Form Due 10/24/14". Application Deadline is 11/21/14.

WNC AgOptions awards farmers who are diversifying or expanding their operations $3,000 and $6,000 grants to offset the risk of trying a new venture. The NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission recently funded WNC Agriculture Options through 2016, guaranteeing that WNC Farmers will receive a total of $340,000 in small grants for the next two years.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session 5:30pm to 7:00pm on October 16 at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. Program leaders will offer an overview of the program, review requirements for applying, and give tips for writing applications. See http://www.wncagoptions.org/2015-grant-information-session/ for more details.


Important Dates:
1. Intent to Apply Form Due - 10/24/14
2. Application Deadline - (Post marked) 11/21/14
3. Applicants contacted for phone interview – Week of December 8, 2014
4. Letter of Acceptance or Regrets – Week of January 5, 2015
5. Required (if accepted) one-day orientation/educational workshop – Thursday, February 12, 2015
6. Business Plans for $6,000 recipients due – August 1, 2015
7. Final date for grant spending, expense reports etc – November 27, 2015

Counties Eligible: Henderson, Haywood, Buncombe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Graham, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey

Contact for Haywood, Henderson & Buncombe Counties: Craig Mauney, Extension Area Agent, Commercial Vegetables, craig_mauney@ncsu.edu, 828-697-4891

For more information: Contact the agents with Cooperative Extension in your County. You can also visit our website at http://www.wncagoptions.org

Henderson County Center Commercial Pesticide School Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM — 6 months away
Henderson County Center Commercial Pesticide School Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM — 6 months away
Henderson County Center Commercial Pesticide Exam Wed Jul 8, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM — 9 months away

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