Special Reports

Collaborative Farming in NC

This document introduces producers and agricultural educators to different forms of collaboration that farmers can use to grow volume, increase efficiency, lower costs, and enter new markets; and provides the results of a 2017 study of collaborative farming in North Carolina.

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2016 North Carolina Niche Meat Producers Survey Results by County

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This excel spreadsheet paints a detailed picture of the niche meat sector in North Carolina in 2016, and includes data sorted by county and Cooperative Extension district. This 2016 survey was conducted by NC Growing Together and NC Choices and is an update to the 2013 Niche Meat Producers Survey.

 

A Crossdock Consolidation Center for Local Produce

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Crossdock Consolidation Centers for fresh produce are a proposed type of local food distribution infrastructure consisting of loading docks and coolers for aggregation and storage of product. The Centers are designed as part of a food distribution network to incentivize large-scale wholesalers to purchase produce that has been consolidated from rural and remote farming communities. These two guides provide information on investment and operating costs and a spreadsheet template for determining monthly throughput and overall capacity, and a step-by step guide to determine the optimal location of a center using the open-source software package QGIS.017.

2015 North Carolina Farmstead Creamery Survey Report

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In 2015, NC Growing Together conducted a survey of 23 farmstead creameries to gather information to describe and measure the size of this growing farm-based industry.  The survey will be repeated in the spring of 2017.

Keep It Moving: North Carolina Seafood Transportation Logistics with a Focus on East to West Routes

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Barbara Garrity Blake and Megan Ware/Spring 2014

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The North Carolina seafood industry continues to be in a state of contraction, with a declining number of fishermen, packing facilities, and overall poundage of seafood available to marketers. The long-established supply chain to northern markets remains significant, but less availability of high-volume fisheries and a robust “local foods” movement in North Carolina has piqued interest in strengthening in-state and inland markets from east to west.  This study, commissioned by NCGT in 2014, examines how and to what extent seafood is currently being transported to in-state markets west of Interstate 95, and identifies challenges to and opportunities for improving the east-to-west supply chain.

Market Channel Evaluation: Analysis of a Direct-Store-Delivery Pilot for Local Meat

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Rebecca Dunning/Fall 2014

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Market channel analysis is used to compare the costs and returns for the sale of products through different market outlets (e.g., direct to consumer at a farm stand, retail, wholesale). By comparing these costs and returns and the relative risks associated with each channel, growers can make informed decisions about primary and secondary markets for their products.

This report evaluates a November 2013-March 2014 supply chain pilot project connecting two sources of locally-produced pork (one large-scale indoor operation with heritage breeds, and one local meat aggregator sourcing from a dozen pasture-based pork producers) with four grocery stores in a regional grocery store chain.

Market Channel Evaluation: Produce

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Rebecca Dunning/Spring 2014

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Market channel analysis is used to compare the costs and returns for the sale of products through different market outlets (e.g., direct to consumer at a farm stand, retail, wholesale). By comparing these costs and returns and the relative risks associated with each channel, growers can make informed decisions about primary and secondary markets for their products.

Small and mid-scale fruit and vegetable growers have a variety of possible market channels through which they can theoretically sell their product. This report was created to provide insights into the experiences of small and mid-scale produce growers that had recently entered, or were considering entering, the market channels of NCGT grocery and food service partners in 2013 and 2014.

2013 North Carolina Niche Meat Producers Survey

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In 2013, NCGT and partner NC Choices conducted a survey of niche meat producers in North Carolina, telephoning all 700+ owners of meat handlers’ licenses. The survey was repeated in 2016 (see 2016 NC Statewide Niche Meat Survey Results by County).