Southwest Arkansas Small Farm Conference Friday, Dec. 7

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – “Strategies for Making Rural Communities Prosper” is the theme of the 7th annual Southwest Arkansas Small Farm Conference Friday, Dec. 7, at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. The conference gets underway at 8:30 a.m. with registration at the Johnny Rapert Library Complex Auditorium. Conference sessions begin at 9 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m.

The conference is aimed at small and limited resource farmers and producers. Conference topics include estate planning by Elizabeth Rumley, attorney, National Agriculture Law Center; agriculture census by Eugene Young, deputy director, National Agricultural Statistics Center; and timber theft and timber management by John Murphy, enforcement officer, Arkansas Forestry Commission. Dr. David Fernandez, UAPB livestock specialist, will discuss restocking after a drought.

Charlie Williams, Todd Sewell, Ralph Harris and Alvin Peer from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present information about USDA programs and services available. Their topics include the EQIP Program, administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service; the Grazing Land Conservation Program and an update on the women and Hispanic farmers’ claims resolution.

Pre-registration is free, but required, as lunch will be provided. To pre-register, call (870) 575-2427; fax (870) 898-2908; or email silashhuntcdc@yahoo.com. Exhibit space is available for participating businesses and governmental agencies. The Johnny Rapert Library Complex Auditorium is located at 2500 S. Main St. For more information, call (870) 575-2425 or (903) 280-8471.

The conference is sponsored by the Silas H. Hunt Community Development Corporation, Inc., based in Texarkana, Ark., in cooperation with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program.

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