2019 Producers Grants

Good Afternoon Producers –

Attached is a flyer with information regarding the upcoming workshops for the 2019 Producer Support Grant.

***2019 Producer Support Grant: 33% Cost Share up to $10,000 expense limit (Max Cost Share amount: $3,300)

Eligible Projects: Hay Barns, Feed/Grain Bins, Pasture Watering Systems, Hay Wrappers, Livestock Handling

                                     Equipment, Cold Storage Systems & Produce Production & Handling Equipment

This year, we are holding two workshop times – please attend the time that will best accommodate your schedule.

Grant Info Workshops: Thursday, May 2nd at 10 AM and then 7 PM at the Halifax Extension Office

VCE will be going over the guidelines and project details – and applications will be available that day to take home with you. The date we will begin accepting applications is Monday, June 10th at 8 a.m. at the Halifax Ext Office.

I have scheduled the Halifax workshops to give producers over a month to plan and complete their applications before being able to turn them in starting June 10th. We are expecting a large turnout for this 2019 program!

We strongly recommend attending a workshop and be in touch with me in completing your application.

Please call or email with any questions you have before May 2nd –



Rebekah J. Slabach

Agriculture Extension Agent | Halifax County, Virginia

171 South Main Street | Halifax, VA  24558

Office: (434) 476-2147 | Fax: (434) 476-7777

rslabach@vt.edu | Halifax Extension website 2019 Program Flyer

Farm Tours

2019 Piedmont Farm Tour
Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28, 2019
2-6 p.m. both days*
The nation’s largest sustainable farm tour is in your backyard and readily approaching!
The Piedmont Farm Tour connects our friends, families, neighbors, and customers to 40+ local farms across Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Guilford, Johnston, Orange, Person, and Wake Counties.
Come pet baby animals, smell the flowers, and devour delicious fruits, mushrooms, veggies, dairy, and meat produced in the Piedmont!
Kids, foodies, locavores, gardeners, new or aspiring farmers, locals, and visitors will enjoy a memorable weekend spent meeting local farmers and touring their beautiful farms.
*Some farms are able to open earlier than the rest. These “kick-off” farms will open at 12 p.m.
Ashley See | Pronouns: She/Her
Communications Coordinator
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association | PO Box 448 | Pittsboro NC 27312
Tel: 919-542-2402 ext 833 | Fax: 919-542-7401

Mobile Processing Unit

Dear SVMGA members,

On April 25, at 7 pm at the Halifax County Agricultural Center, Dr. Dahlia O’Brien, of VSU will discuss with us the mobile processing unit that will be available to us later this year. This unit is set up for small ruminant processing and will be run by a butcher, whom VSU will hire. Under discussion: the time of year it could best serve Southern VA producers, cost per animal, how many animals would make it feasible to bring it down here, and other details.

Your input is critical and valued on how we can use this new asset. As always, this meeting is open to all producers (not just members), so please mark your calendars and spread the word.

Best regards,
Pam Alderson

Advanced Goat Care Workshop: Breeding & Kidding

This year, Prodigal Farm is excited to offer a specialized ADVANCED workshop centered around all things kidding, and to share our extensive knowledge, gained from kidding and raising more than 1,500 goats over the years. For this workshop, you should already be familiar with care of adult goats.

This half-day workshop is designed to provide a framework of knowledge and hands-on skills for getting you prepared for kidding – from doe care during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and kid raising. It will be a combination of hands on and “classroom” time, hopefully with a birth to witness! Topics we’ll cover:

how to care for a pregnant doe (vaccinations, feed, etc.)
deciding what setup to use for kidding
preparing your kidding kit
signs of labor, handling delivery (when/how to intervene)
assessing kid health post-delivery
bottle feeding vs dam raising
vaccinations, parasite control, and discussion of common health issues
how to given an injection
handy tools and treatments to have on hand
assessing body condition, health and illness
finding a good veterinarian and when to consult

We are entirely pasture-based. If it’s pouring rain that day, we’ll plan a rain date. If it is just sprinkling, the show will go on. Bring a lunch—we’ll have time for a break mid-workshop! We’ll have detailed handouts for you to take home, but also bring a notebook and a way to take pictures. And, of course, wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. We’re scheduling 3-4 hours for this workshop, depending on how much action is happening in the field, so plan to be here from 11:00am-3:00pm!

Our farm is in Rougemont, in northern Durham County, about 25 minutes’ drive north of downtown Durham. To register, use the link above. We accept payment by credit card via our Square online store. The workshop cost is $80 per person, discounted to $75 per person if 2 or more register, and $70 per person if 3 or more register. We have a few more spots left. Looks like the weather will be great, too!

Kathryn Spann
American Cheese Society Board of Directors

Prodigal Farm
4720 Bahama Rd.
Rougemont, North Carolina  27572

Agricultural Policy Dinner

Hello Producers –

We are hosting an Agricultural Policy dinner program next week – Thursday, March 28th in Chatham @ ODAC.

Based on this past year, the new Farm Bill, Ag trade policies – this program will help answer many of your questions. Dinner is included and this evening is an opportunity learn more and also mingle with local and area farmers.

Ag Policy dinner

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 26th.  Registration is through the Pittsylvania County Extension Office: 434-432-7770.



Rebekah J. Slabach

Agriculture Extension Agent | Halifax County, Virginia

171 South Main Street | Halifax, VA  24558

Office: (434) 476-2147 | Fax: (434) 476-7777

rslabach@vt.edu | Halifax Extension website

2019 Piedmont Regional Goat & Sheep Conference | Saturday, May 11, 2019

Good Morning,

Join us for our best conference yet! The Piedmont Regional Goat and Sheep Conference will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center located at 1192 US-64 W Business, Pittsboro, NC. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch provided.

Topics will include internal parasites, deworming, goat carcass evaluation, starting your enterprise, nutrition, finishing meat goats, small-scale budgets, pasture management, and ethnic holiday marketing.

The planning committee has worked hard to bring in some of the best speakers around for this conference! Our keynote speaker will be Susan Schoenian, Sheep and Goat Specialist (University of Maryland). Additional speakers on the program include Derek Washburn from the NC Farm School (NC State University) and Dr. Emily Cope, Livestock Extension Specialists (N.C. A&T State University).

Register online
Early Registration Deadline: May 1, 2019
Early Registration Fee: $15/person | On-Site Registration Fee: $20/person | Lunch is Included!

Please make check payable to: “Alamance County” and mail to: N.C. Cooperative Extension,Alamance County Center, ATTN: Lauren Langley, 209-C N. Graham-Hopedale Rd. Burlington, NC 27217

For more information: 336.570.6740 or lauren_langley@ncsu.edu

Conference Flyer & Agenda

Lauren Langley
Extension Agent
Agriculture- Livestock & Forages
P: 336-570-6740
C: 336-266-0702
Alamance County Center
209-C N. Graham-Hopedale Rd.
Burlington, NC 27217

2019 Grant Opportunities

Good Morning Halifax Producers –

The Tobacco Commission met earlier this month and finalized grant project opportunities for 2019.

Please Read & then Save or Print this email!  More updates will be shared as each grant program becomes open.

Agribusiness & Information Technology Program – OPEN NOW! *Program Guidelines & Overview files attached*

SOVA Ag IT Program Guidelines

SOVA Ag IT Program Overview

Required Software Component: (Must choose at least one)

Farm Logic, Cattle Pro, CowCalf5, Angus Info Management, or Website Development

Optional Additions:

Laptop Computer, QuickBooks, IPad/Tablet, CowCalf Mobile APP

*Details: 33% Cost share up to $3,300, max eligible estimated expenses – $10,000

To request an application, simply reply to this email or pick up a paper application at the Halifax Extension Office.

Pasture, Crops, and Livestock Systems Program – opening in May or June (estimate)

{pasture watering systems, hay barns, grain bins, hay wrappers, cold storage, livestock handling equipment}

Details: 33% Cost share up to $3,300; max eligible estimated expenses – $10,000.

Produce GAP Grant Opportunity: – opening in early spring (estimate)

The grant cost share proposed is 50% for:

-USDA Audit up to $1,000 producer cost (cost share up to $500)

Potable and irrigation water testing up to $200 producer cost (cost share up to $100)

Please email or call with any questions – as always, it is a pleasure serving you.



Rebekah J. Slabach

Agriculture Extension Agent | Halifax County, Virginia

171 South Main Street | Halifax, VA  24558

Office: (434) 476-2147 | Fax: (434) 476-7777

rslabach@vt.edu | Halifax Extension website