Small Scale Producer Conference set for April 24 in Texarkana

Carol Sanders | UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences               

goat kids 5PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The 4th annual Small Scale Producer Conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, at the Southwest Arkansas Electric – REA in Texarkana, Ark. The conference gets underway at 9:15 a.m. with registration, and the first session begins at 9:25 a.m. The conference will end by 3:30 p.m.

Conference topics include timber management, pond management, small ruminant (goats) production and management and available cost-share programs. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Services are among the presenters and will discuss cost-share programs. Presenters will be available for personal consultation with participants.

Lunch will be provided. Rusty Pendergraft, FSA county executive director, is the luncheon speaker. He will discuss the sign-up process for USDA farm and rancher disaster assistance and will be available to assist farmers to do so.

For more information, contact Brandon Hawkins of Prairie View A&M, (903) 628-6702; Kandi Williams, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program, (903) 306-8663 or the Silas H. Hunt Community Development Corporation (CDC) Office, (870) 774-0446.

The free conference is sponsored by the Silas H. Hunt CDC, co-sponsored by Prairie View A&M University and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program and supported by the USDA Office of Outreach. The Southwest Arkansas Electric – REA is located at 2904 E. Ninth St., Texarkana, Ark.

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