McKissick to speak at ag breakfast

Published 8:08 pm Sunday, April 15, 2012

Casey McKissick (right), coordinator for N.C. Choices, will speak at the Polk County Friends of Ag Breakfast Wednesday, April 18. (photo submitted by Kirk Wilson)

Casey McKissick, coordinator for N.C. Choices, will speak at the Polk County Friends of Ag Breakfast Wednesday, April 18, 7 – 8 a.m. at the 4-H Center in Columbus.
N.C. Choices is an initiative of the N.C. Center for Environmental Farming Systems that promotes the advancement of local, niche and pasture-based meat supply chains. State officials said this program is impacting the local food movement in the meat category by:
• Facilitating education and networking experiences for producers, buyers, food professionals and processors
• Providing technical assistance to commercial meat processors
• Assisting farmers in navigating the regulatory environment
• Developing innovative partnerships to enhance market opportunities and consumer access to N.C. grown pasture-based meat products.
McKissick will focus particularly on the Foothills Pilot Project, a new meat processing facility in Marion that provides an option for small producers of poultry and rabbit.
– article submitted
by Kirk Wilson