Mark Your Calendars! Rural Life Conference March 3

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

12829257_10154029118878331_754334343409399709_oMark your calendars! The 61st annual University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Rural Life Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 3, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the opening session at 8:45 a.m. The conference theme is “Promoting the Vitality of Arkansas Communities.”

Workshops begin at 10:15 a.m. In addition to the workshops and exhibits by agencies, there will be posters addressing the conference theme or highlighting research-based information important to the community.

Preregistration is requested of everyone even though the conference is free to farmers, the general public and retirees. The cost to professionals and agency personnel is $50 for those registered before Feb. 20. After that date and on-site, registration is $75.

Simon Alexander Haley, director of agriculture at AM&N College (now UAPB) initiated the idea of a Rural Life Conference. The first one was in 1950 and attended by 15 people. In 1955, the late Dr. Sellers J. Parker expanded the conference format and established the Rural Life Conference as an annual university program. He continued as chairman for 30 years.

The conference is one of the ways the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) at UAPB keeps farmers, families and community leaders abreast of the latest programs and resources available to improve the lives of families and communities.

To preregister, phone or email Tamara Ford at (870) 575-8806 or fordat@uapb.edu. The Pine Bluff Convention Center is located at 1 Convention Center Plaza in Pine Bluff.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to 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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