NC Safe Plates course being offered

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The Person County Cooperative Extension will be offering “NC Safe Plates” for all those who work in the food service industry. The course will help food establishments meet the requirement of having at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager, which is a mandate of the North Carolina Food Code. There will be instruction in personal hygiene, purchasing from reputable suppliers, eliminating cross-contamination and correct temperatures for storing, preparing and holding foods.

Each year in the United States, there are around 5,000 unnecessary deaths that occur from a foodborne illnesses. Also, there are hundreds of hospitalizations, unnecessary medical expenses, lost time from work, loss of revenue from the business, customer mistrust, and the list goes on.

“NC Safe Plates” will be offered by the Person County Cooperative Extension from 1-5 p.m. March 30 through April 1, with the exam on April 2. Participants will receive a certificate required for inspections. The registration fee is $135 and is due by March 11, along with the registration form.

Call the Person County Extension Office at 336-599-1195 or email jennifer_grable@ncsu.edu for more information.

REGIONAL BEEF CONFERENCE

Mark your calendars for March 5, the date for the eighth annual Piedmont Regional Beef Conference. We have a great lineup of speakers for you this year. The location will be the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, located at 1192 U.S. Highway 64 West Business, Pittsboro. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the conference running from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. There will be a trade show with lots of livestock-related companies. Cost is $15 before Feb. 24, or $20 at the door.

Speakers are Dr. Darrh Bullock from the University of Kentucky, who will be discussing bull selection for the commercial ear. Dr. Dale Woerner from Texas Tech University will be offering thoughts on high-quality beef and cutting a primal portion of a carcass to show the differences in beef quality, and Lee Menius of NC Choices will talk about adding value to your operation with meat sales. The full agenda and registration information is available on our website: http://perso.ces.ncsu.edu

HERBICIDE TRAINING SESSION

Anyone planning to work with auxin herbicides, such as 2, 4-D or dicamba, in North Carolina in 2020, will need to attend an annual training. This makes the fourth year the state has required auxin users to complete training prior to applying the products.

Training for local herbicide users will be held at 3 p.m. March 19 at the Vance County Regional Farmers Market, located at 210 Southpark Drive in Henderson.

More information and resources about auxin herbicide training are online at www.ncagr.gov/spcap/pesticides/auxin.htm. Upon completions, applicators and dealers will receive one hour of pesticide recertification credit in categories N, O, D and X.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Feb. 20 2020 Grain Production Meeting

Feb. 21 Wildlife Damage and Management Strategies Workshop

Feb. 25 Category V Pesticide Training

Feb. 28 Triangle North Landscape School

March 5 Regional Beef Conference

March 10 Lunch N’ Learn

March 16 Paraquat Training

March 19 Auxin Training, Henderson

March 30-April 2 NC Safe Plates

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