Southwest Arkansas small farm conference set for March 20

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

DSCN1543PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Southwest Arkansas Small Farm Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 20, at Hempstead Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College campus at Hope. “Gateway to Building Economic Opportunities in a Rapidly Changing World” is the theme of the conference which gets underway with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.

Aimed at small and limited resource farmers and landowners, the conference goal is to provide producers and landowners with solutions to the increasingly important rural issues they face related to agriculture, health care and community development. To meet this goal, part of the conference will have a town hall format so that participants can discuss issues they are facing at home, community and school.

Among those scheduled to be present to speak with producers, ag professionals and landowners on agriculture and rural issues are Zachery Taylor, director of marketing, Arkansas Department of Agriculture; Michael Sullivan, state conservationist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service; Dr. Stacey McCullough, director of the Public Policy Center, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service; and Dr. Steve Seiderman of the University of Arkansas Food Innovation Center.

The conference is free, but preregistration is requested by March 18 to help with conference planning. Lunch will be provided. Exhibit space is available for participating businesses and governmental agencies. For registration, exhibit space or if you have special needs, phone, fax or email Kandi Williams at (870) 575-2427; (870) 898-2908 or email silashuntcdc@yahoo.com. For more information, call (903) 280-8471. Hempstead Hall is located at 2500 S. Main Street, Hope, Ark.

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.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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