Friday, November 4

SU Ag Center Expert to Speak at Louisiana Ranchers & Growers Association’s Workshop

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Baton Rouge, LA – On Nov. 12, the Louisiana Ranchers & Growers Association (LRGA) will hold a Workshop and Annual Meeting themed, “From Start to Future: Building an Ag Business Step by Step.”

Mrs. Mila Berhane, SU Ag Center Senior Research Associate, will serve as one of the speakers at the event which will take place at the Southern University Ag Center on 181 B.A. Little Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70813, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Farmers will share how they got started and how they are developing their enterprises.

The morning session will feature farmers telling the stories of their enterprises. They will talk about what they intended to do, what they are doing, and what they plan on doing.  For example, Berhane and her husband Andeab have a 25-year-old business selling plants—everything from vegetable transplants to trees and hanging baskets. Mila will talk about how they got started and how the business has evolved through the years. Grant and Allison Guidroz have an organic vegetable operation that is in its early stages. Allison will talk about the steps they took to get started, their current situation and plans for the future. To have a future on the farm, you have to put safety first. Delores Andrews, a small farmer, will talk about steps farmers should take to avoid injury and health consequences. Edith Gross & Lynda Ingram will address the necessity of keeping farm records.

The LRGA’s annual meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will consist of a business meeting focusing on the organization’s financial report and budget; proposed by-law changes; election of board members; and programs for 2017.

The Southern University Ag Center is a co-sponsor of the LRGA Annual Meeting.

The event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP by calling Emily King at 225-718-3705 or via email at


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