Saturday, August 19

SU Land-Grant Campus hosts Disaster Preparedness workshop for Louisiana farmers

Sections of the Disaster Workshop during the LRGA Annual Meeting at SU Ag Center 
Baton Rouge, La. (August 19, 2017) – Today, the Louisiana Ranchers & Growers Association (LRGA) held an Annual Meeting and Workshop themed, “Drought to Deluge: Are You Ready for the Next Disaster?,” at the Southern University Agricultural Center.

Ms. Lynda Ingram, Louisiana Ranchers & Growers Association and Ms. Zanetta Augustine, SU Ag Center opened the event with greetings to participants. The workshop taught participating farmers about ways to navigate through natural disasters such as the recent floods.

On hand to share information about preparing for farm disasters were Patrick Babineaux, County Executive Director, Tangipahoa Center, USDA/Farm Service Agency; and Marty Pousson, Program Coordinator, Pesticide & Environmental Programs, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Mrs. Emily King, SU Land-Grant Campus, promoted the event that brought 25 farmers and several presenters to the campus. She also shared information on Developing a Farm Preparedness Plan – A Future Workshop.

“The farmers are very engaged in the presentations and contribute to the conversations,” said King.  

Three farmers, Lynda Ingram, Rintha Simpson, and Lillie Howard shared their stories about the “Drought to Deluge” problem of 2016. Rintha Simpson owns a cattle and goat operation, SnS Farm.
“I find the disaster training very important to to me and other producers,” said Simpson.

The workshop ended with lunch at noon, and the LRGA business meeting commenced at 1:00 p.m.
Louisiana Ranchers and Growers Association is a nonprofit organization of small farmers working together to further their success.

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


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