Organic, Livestock Focuses of Mount Olive NC Conference

Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference Source:
Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference Source:
The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) is holding a conference for NC farmers and growers. The Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference: A Training Event for Commercial-Scale Growers is scheduled for March 6, 2017.

The conference includes presentations designed to help farmers and growers “learn how organic methods and markets can improve the profitability of your farm.” The host site is the  The University of Mount Olive’s Mount Olive Pickle Conference Center/ Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center, 652 R.B. Butler Drive, in Mount Olive NC.

The Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference topics include:

  • Raising organic canola, soy, wheat, corn, tobacco, and winter squash
  • Soil health
  • Emerging opportunities in the organic market
  • Creating better forages for beef cattle, sheep and goats
  • Ruminant Health
  • Update on NC hemp production and marketing
  • Grafted Tomato Production in High Tunnels
  • Organic Winter Squashes
  • Sweet Potato Production and Increasing Yields
  • Farmer-to-farmer networking

As part of the one-day event, Fred Kirschenmann will be the keynote speaker.

In 1976, Fred converted his family’s 1,800-acre farm in North Dakota to a certified organic operation, developing a diverse crop rotation that has enabled him to farm productively without synthetic inputs while improving the health of the soil. His farm has been featured in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Business Week, Audubon, and Gourmet magazine and he is the author of the book of essays, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher.

The 2017 Conference registration fee is $50 for CFSA members, $60 for non-members. Registration includes a choice of workshops, the keynote address, access to the exhibit hall, meals, and snacks. To register, visit this link.

The CFSA is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1979, geared toward helping people in the Carolinas “grow and eat local, organic foods by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic agriculture.”

The town of Mount Olive spans parts of Duplin and Wayne counties. Home to the Mount Olive Pickle Company and famous for its New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop, the town is part of the Goldsboro NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. More town information online at

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