We hope all are well and recovering from Hurricane Matthew. It was a terrible storm and there have been many large agricultural losses in North Carolina, mainly due to flooding.

Room Booking Information For the 2017 Open House & Trade Show
We have secured a discounted room rate of $102 plus tax at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott in Fayetteville. Call 910-223-7867 (tel:910-223-7867) and state you are with NC Blueberry Council Group or use this link and book online: http://tinyurl.com/expo2017.

This 3- year old hotel offers a hot complimentary breakfast and many amenities including indoor saltwater pool, fitness center, microwaves and refrigerators in every room. See online @http://tinyurl.com/expo2017. Cut-off date for reservations is 12/18/16.

NCDA &CS Information Hotline For Farmers Affected By Hurricane Matthew
Although the blueberry harvest is over, many farms and homes sustained major damage. North Carolina Department of Agriculture has set up an emergency information hotline.
http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/release/2016/10-16-Troxler-activates-ag-emergency-hotline.htm

NC Disaster Information Center
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers disaster assistance and loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following floods or other qualifying natural disasters. Following is a summary of some of those programs most pertinent to N.C. producers in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew:
https://ncdisaster.ces.ncsu.edu/2016/10/usda-fsa-disaster-assistance-programs/

Membership Anniversary Now Set To Calendar Year
We made the decision to take vendor and grower memberships to a calendar year basis. New memberships will be effective until the last day of the year (December 31, 20XX). We hope this will make everyone’s bookkeeping easier!

NC Blueberry Open House & Trade Show Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/blueberrytradeshow/
We have Facebook page for the NC Blueberry Open House and Trade Show. This page is used for news updates and alerts as we are made aware of them. If you use Facebook, this is an easy way to get updates regarding the Open House and Trade Show via Facebook’s mobile app.
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North Carolina Blueberry Council Consumer Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/northcarolinablueberries/