The three-day conference, themed “Ownership and Growth of 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 is the ideal venue for new and beginning farmers, small and urban farmers, agricultural business owners, community leaders, backyard gardeners and community based organizations.
The conference, which kicks off at 10 a.m., will include a risk management and networking session; a panel discussion with USDA agencies; the Louisiana Living Legends Banquet, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, and will end with the first session of the 2016 class of the Louisiana Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute.
Conference sessions will cover the topics of:
- Soil Health: Key to Successful Farming
- Keeping the Farm in the Family
- Financing Your Farm
- Managing the Farm as a Business
- Opportunities for Market Gardeners
- BMP’s for a Beef Cattle Operation
- Mitigating Agricultural Risk on Your Farm
Registration for the conference is complimentary for anyone who submits their registration form by March 4. On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. daily during the conference.
To register, visit http://www.suagcenter.com/small-farmers or contact Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin at 225-771-2242 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.