Thursday, September 7

SARDI to Host Farmer and Agriculture Stakeholder Forum

The offices of the three Congressmen elected to represent St. Landry Parish will attend the 'Farmers and Agriculture Stakeholders Forum' hosted by SARDI on Sept. 13 in Opelousas, La.

Baton Rouge, La. The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Institute (SARDI) will host a “Farmers and Agriculture Stakeholders Forum” on Wednesday, September 13th at 1:30 p.m. in SARDI’s office, 1209 Diesi St., in Opelousas, La.

Farmers, agricultural stakeholders, elected officials and community stakeholders are invited to participate in the forum. Participants will be provided with information on programs and services offered by the federal government; as well as helpful resources for farmers and agricultural workers who have been impacted by the 2016 floods and Hurricane Harvey.

A representative from the USDA and the offices of the three Congressmen elected to represent St. Landry Parish - Congressman Ralph Abraham, Congressman Clay Higgins and Congressman Mike Johnson - will be in attendance to present information and address questions.

St. Landry Parish’s Congressmen serve on the following Ag Related committees:

Congressman Abraham
·         House Committee on Agriculture
o   Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
o   Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry
o   Research and Technology

Congressman Higgins
·         Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
o   Subcommittee on Environment

Congressman Johnson
·         House Committee on Natural Resources
o   Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
o   Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans.

Interested participants are asked to pre-register by Monday, September 11th to or by calling Krystle J. Washington at 337- 943-2410.

Research has shown that every major crop grown in the state, is grown in St. Landry Parish; and, for decades the parish has been a leading agricultural parish in the state. A pillar of the mission at SARDI is to provide local farmers/ agriculture stakeholders with the information, tools, and resources they may need to go to the next level.

SARDI is a satellite campus of the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center located in Opelousas, La. in St. Landry Parish.

The Southern University Ag Center and the SU College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences together are called the Southern University Agricultural Land-Grant Campus.


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