Thursday, March 19

SU Ag Center Launches Small Farmer Conference with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Cutting the Model Garden Ribbon, l-r: Dr. Winfield, Hon. Strain, Hon. Holden, Dr. Brown,
Dr. Mellion-Patin, Rep. Honore, Dr. Eubanks, Mr. Washington, and Mr. McClinton
Baton Rouge, La - Small farmers from across Louisiana have gathered at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center today for the 5th annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference. The event was kickoff with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sustainable Urban Ag Demonstration Farm, a “show and tell garden.” The grand opening event was graced with the presence of the Hon. Mike Strain, Commissioner, LA Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry; the Hon. Melvin “Kip” Holden, Mayor-President, EBR Parish; Representative Dalton Honore, District 63; Dr. Monique Winfield, Vice President, SU System; Mr. Flandus McClinton, Interim Chancellor, SUBR; Dr. Adell Brown, Jr., Exec. Vice Chancellor& VC for Research, Dr. Gina E. Eubanks, Vice Chancellor for Extension, SU Ag Center.

The three-day conference, themed “Showcasing Louisiana’s Small Family Farms,” is designed to educate, provide expanded awareness of educational opportunities, USDA programs and services and other resources to help small farmers stay in business.

This event will also assist individuals interested in starting an agricultural business while sharing resources for others who are interested in urban farming.

The conference will also include a presentation on the 2014 Farm Bill and the opportunities it provides to small farmers; the Louisiana Living Legends Banquet, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the area of  Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, and will end with the graduation ceremony of the Louisiana Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute on Saturday, March 21.

The conference is coordinated by Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin who can be reached at 225-771-2242 or via e-mail at


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