|Class of 2017 graduates flanked by Land-Grant Campus administrators and organizers|
Baton Rouge, La. – Following the 7th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference at the Southern University Land-Grant Campus, twelve individuals graduated from the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute on March 18.
They are Delores Andrews; Elaine Brumfield; Ricky Brumfield; Mahdi Cezar; Craig Coleman; Larry Freeman; Chris Hayes; Lillie Howard; Yolanda Renee Lee; Patricia Richardson; Patrick Richardson and Rosie White.
The overriding goal of the Institute is to promote the sustainability of the small family farms through enhanced business management skills and leadership development.
“The leadership institute has taken the majority of the participants from being just small producers through the mindset of becoming great producers with limited acreage, herds or holdings,” said Dawn Mellion-Patin, Vice Chancellor for Extension and director of the Small Farmer Leadership Institute.