Rural Life Conference March 3 Features a Plethora of Workshops

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

newwkspcrowdWhen the 61st annual Rural Life Conference gets underway March 3 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, attendees will have a plethora of workshops (17 to be exact) reflecting the theme “Promoting the Vitality of Arkansas Communities.”

Workshops begin at 10:15 a.m. and are one hour long with a 15-minute break between each workshop. As a rule, conference participants will be able to attend two workshops in their entirety. A couple of workshops are continuing; they run the entire two hours. One such workshop is Estate Planning/Heir Property: Make Sure You Put It in Writing. The other continuing one is Community Impact of Local Food Movement.

Aquaculture workshops are Backyard Aquaponics Options and UAPB’s Role in Arkansas Private Pond Management.

Workshops on finances, whether they be personal, family or agriculture related, include Wise Credit Management: Tips, Tools and Best Practices; USDA Farm Programs and Farm Loans; Conservation Planning for Today’s Farming Sustainability; Economic Impact: Building Self Sufficiency in Families; Cattle Profitability and Control of Feral Hogs; and Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program.

Other workshops cover equity in education, 4-H, being sure kids are ready for school, and home food safety.

“Having so many workshops allows not only greater choices for conference participants, but also greater interaction between presenters and participants because of anticipated smaller attendance at each workshop,” said Dr. Henry English, conference workshop co-chair along with Dr. Janette Wheat and Rhonda O’Guinn.

Dr. Wheat added, “We are proud to offer these high quality workshops for conference

participants to help promote the vitality of our Arkansas communities while fostering the strength and survival of our diverse families.”

The Rural Life conference gets underway with registration at 7:30 a.m. The opening session begins at 8:45 a.m. The conference also features a poster session and exhibits by governmental and community agencies.

Lunch will also be at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The conference is sponsored by the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.

Registration is requested of everyone even though the conference is free to producers, homemakers and retirees. The cost for professionals and agency personnel is $50; after Feb. 20 and on-site, it is $75. To preregister or for more information, contact Tamara Ford at (870) 575-8806 or fordta@uapb.edu.

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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