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The 21st Annual N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference will be held Jan. 29-31 at the Sheraton Atlantic Beach. A self-guided tour of fish farms in the Vanceboro area and the N.C. State University Seafood Laboratory in Morehead City will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29. The conference and trade show will be held from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 30 and from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31. Registration is $95 through Jan. 15, $125 from Jan. 15-Jan. 28, and $150 on site. To register, go to or mail to N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, Craven County Center, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern, NC 28562. For more information, call (252) 633-1477.


A series of regional meetings designed to garner input on developing a comprehensive strategic plan for managing the state’s 18 research station will be held in December and January. Public comments are welcome at the meetings. Following are dates, times and locations: Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Tidewater Research Station in Plymouth, (252) 793-4118; Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Wake County Office Park in Raleigh, (919) 250-1000; and Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, (828) 456-3943. The meetings are hosted by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, N.C. A&T State University and N.C. State University. For more, go to


The 3rd Annual Agritourism Networking Association Conference will be held Feb. 19 & 20 in Hickory at the Park Inn Conference Center. A reception will be held Thursday evening, Feb. 19, at Woodmill Winery and Vineyard in Vale. The conference will feature eight, one-hour workshops. For more, contact Martha Glass, manager, Agritourism Office, at (919) 733-7887 or


The Northern Piedmont Specialty Crop School will be held Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Person County Exentsion Center in Roxboro. The cost is $25 per person and includes lunch. Additional family members or business associates of attendee can join the class for $15 each including lunch. Pre-registration by Feb. 20 is required. To register, or for more information, contact Carl Cantaluppi at (919) 603-1350 or e-mail at


The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages livestock producers to register their farms with the NCFarmID program. NCFarmID is a voluntary program to register farms for a national identification number as a way to protect livestock in the event of a disease outbreak. For more, contact NCDA&CS at (919) 715-2951 or go to



NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Andrea Ashby, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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