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Information and Technology Workshops for Swine Producers to be held in Greenville and Kenansville, North Carolina

Release Date: 01/23/2007
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,

(ATLANTA – January 23, 2007) Federal, State and local agencies will hold a workshop in Greenville and Kenansville, North Carolina to transfer information and technology that is currently being used by swine producers to increase farm income, reduce operating costs, meet compliance requirements or improve environmental stewardship. The training will include discussions on renewable energy, carbon credit trading, whole hog composting, vermiculture composting, technology implementation and funding sources, and the on-farm benefits of Environmental Management Systems. The speakers will include local swine farmers and representatives from industry, academia and state government. The sponsoring partners are working with the Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission (WPCSOCC) to get animal waste operator’s continuing education credits for this training.

    Who: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Frontline Farmers; Murphy Brown, LLC; North Carolina Pork Council; Environmental Defense; Natural Resources Conservation Service; North Carolina State University; and the local workshop hosts - Pitt County and Duplin County offices of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts

    When and Where: Wednesday, February 14, 2007 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
                County Office Building
                403 Government Circle
                Greenville, Pitt County, NC

            Thursday, February 15, 2007 from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
            County Office Building
            165 Agriculture Drive
            Kenansville, Duplin County, NC

    How: A sign-in sheet will be available to record attendance. The workshop topics will be the same on both days. The workshops are free of charge and all are welcome. To reserve a space in the workshops, the Pitt County contact is Wendy Garner at 252-902-1700 and the Duplin County contact is Wanda Hargrove at 910-296-2143.

    For answers to all technical questions about the workshops, please contact the following for Pitt County - Phillip Rowan at 252-902-1703 or Carolyn Garris, 252-752-2720, ext. 3 and for Duplin County - Star Jackson at 910-296-2143 or Eric West, 910-296-2121, ext. 3.