Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
The 7th Annual Small Scale Producer and Landowner Conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 27, at the Southwest Center in Texarkana, Texas. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and ends at 3:30 p.m. The first session, the importance of agriculture education to community success, gets underway at 9:10 a.m.
Additional conference topics include the impact of weather on agriculture and forestry, forestry management, timber marketing trends, forest succession and ecology, promoting wildlife habitats, estate planning, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs and services, and agritourism with a focus on the History of Texarkana and A Quilted History Museum.
Presenters are from the Southwest Research and Extension Center, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Lone Star Legal Service, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Kingwood Forestry, NRCS and the Quilted History Museum.
The conference features a complimentary lunch sponsored by the Arkansas Forestry Association. Charlie Williams, USDA StrikeForce state coordinator for Arkansas, will be the luncheon speaker. His topic will be promoting rural growth and economic opportunities by creating partnerships.
Sponsored by UAPB’s Small Farm Program, Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) and the Silas H. Hunt Community Development Corporation (SHHCDC), the conference allows landowners and producers to network and to learn about applying sustainable practices to their land and protecting it for future generations. The conference theme is “Building a Legacy for Future Generations through Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Outreach.”
To pre-register or for special accommodations, special needs, additional information or to insure being included in the luncheon count, contact Brandon Hawkins, PVAMU Cooperative Extension Program – agent (agriculture and natural resources) at (903) 628-6702; or Kandi Williams, UAPB/SHHCDC multi-county Extension associate, at (903) 306-8663.
The Southwest Center is located at 3222 W. Seventh St., Texarkana, Texas.
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.