UAPB and Iris Cole-Crosby Honored at Professional Agricultural Workers Conference

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) received the 2013 Growing the Future Sustainability Prize Award at the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference pre-conference “Second Successful Marketing Opportunities for Historically Disadvantaged Farmers Conference” session at Tuskegee University.

Extension Associate Iris Cole-Crosby received the individual award for servant- leadership in building partnerships between small farmers and the private sector.

Five 1890 institutions – UAPB, Fort Valley State University, Prairie View A&M University, Alcorn State University and Tuskegee University – are part of a consortium on marketing vegetables locally grown by small farmers. UAPB took home the institution award.

A UAPB team led by Dr. Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program; and Cole-Crosby, consisted of Arlanda Jacobs, Carolyn Prowell, Extension associates; Ernest Bradley, multi-county agent; Julius Handcock, UAPB Lonoke Farm resident manager; Dr. James O. Garner, dean/director, School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences; and Dr. Leslie Glover, professor and associate dean for Outreach and Technology Transfer; received the team award. Besides the UAPB members, the team included East Arkansas Enterprise Corporation and D&S Produce.

The team was successful in getting fresh southern peas locally grown by small farmers into Walmart produce departments. A part of the team but receiving separate awards were Ester Doolittle, owner of D&S Produce; and Alex Cole, outreach technician, East Arkansas Enterprise Corporation, a community-based organization.

The awards were presented Dr. Walter A. Hill, Tuskegee vice provost and dean, College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences.

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