Got To Be NC October Newsletter

NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Page 7 Got To Be NC October 2018

After Florence, rework your plans for the rest of 2018 By Annette Dunlap, Business Development Specialist

I hope that you were not severely impacted by Hurricane Florence, but the probability is quite high that you were. If you are in a flooded area, as I am, then road access is likely cut off. That means that not only can you not get out to do demos, make product, or deliver product, but it also means consumers can't get to the store, either.

When you are finally able to put your "business owner hat" back on, sit down and rework your sales projections for the

balance of the year. This is important as you determine how much you will need to produce in coming weeks and months, and what you expect your end-of-year sales to be. If you have been in business for over two years, I suggest that you go back and look at how Matthew impacted your sales because that will be your most accurate estimate of what you can expect your sales to be this time. If yours was a perishable product, then you will likely be taking a loss on inventory if you had product in stores and the power went out at those locations. Food safety regulations require the stores to discard all perishable product that was not kept at temp. Check with your insurance agent to see what type of coverage you might have to cover your loss. If you find that you were not adequately insured for this weather event, now would be a good time to have the conversation with your agent about to rethink your coverage.

Above all, be safe!

Grant opportunities continued from page 6

Social Media Tips

Watch for grant announcement for WNC AgOptions Cost Share Grants to protect mountain farmland by assisting the longevity of farm enterprises in Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cherokee, Cleveland, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey counties. Contact your local NC Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent for information. Watch www.umo.edu/ag for UMO AgPrime grant announcement in early November for new and innovative agricultural project ideas that will increase farm profits in Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Jones, Lee, Moore, Pender, Onslow, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties.

Application deadline will be mid-December. Contact Stan Dixon at William.Dixon@moc.edu or 252-526-1587, or contact Ed Emory at SEmory@umo.edu or 910-290-1002 for more information.

When it comes to promoting an event, there are a variety of social media tools that may be used. Tabletop Media Group offers helpful advice about the importance of “live” posting during events.

Watch for grant announcement in early November from NC AgVentures Grant Program for N.C. farm operators who have innovative plans to diversify, expand or implement new entrepreneurial plans in their operations in Duplin, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Pitt, Rockingham, Sampson, Stokes, Surry, Wayne, Wilson and Yadkin counties. To request an application form, email the program coordinator, Jackie Miller, at Jackie_Miller@ncsu.edu with “NC AgVentures Application” in the subject line, your name, farm address, county and name of your Cooperative Extension agent.

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