Tuesday, January 26

SU Ag Center staff among the slate of expert presenters for the Southern SWAG Conference

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Baton Rouge, La. – Southern University Ag Center staff members Mila Berhane, Stephanie Elwood and Owusu Bandele (retired professor emeritus) are listed among the conference presenters for the 25th annual conference of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SWAG), Inc.

The conference, themed Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms, will be held in Lexington, KY from Jan. 27-30, 2016.

Both Berhane and Elwood will make a joint presentation on “Getting Great Starts,” which will discuss the best systems for growing transplants in heated tunnels or greenhouses.

Berhane will also make a presentation on “Integrated Ecological Weed Management: Examples of Organic Farms in the South,” with experts from North Carolina and Georgia.

Bandele will present during the Friday Edition of ‘Voices From the Field: The Everyday Work.’ This special event will feature individuals whose everyday work contributes to remarkable progress in the areas of sustainable, organic and/or local food movement.

The Southern SWAG Conference provides practical tools and solutions for sustainable and organic farmers, as well as, creates more vibrant community food systems. The event is planning to draw more than 1,000 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation.

Its’ mission is to empower and inspire farmers, individuals, and communities in the South to create an agricultural system that is ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just, and humane.

For additional information about the conference, visit http://www.ssawg.org/.

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