Small Farmers Conference underway at Southern University


Small farmers from throughout the state have gathered at Southern University’s Felton G. Clark Activity Center to attend the 9th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference.

The three-day conference, themed “Louisiana Small Family Farms: Unlocking Your Potential,” is designed to educate, provide expanded awareness of educational opportunities, USDA programs and services and other resources to help small farmers stay in business.

This event is the ideal venue for new and beginning farmers, small and urban farmers, agricultural business owners, community leaders, community based organizations, Urban Agriculturalists, Government Agencies and anyone interested in learning about agriculture.

The conference started with a grant writing session.

Additional conference sessions will cover the topics of:

  • Farmer’s Income Tax?
  • Hydroponics and Aquaponics Systems
  • Soil Health for Better Crops and Livestock
  • Sustainability: Self-Sufficient Farming Practices
  • There’s an App for That: Staying Connected
  • Raised Beds and Vertical Gardening
  • Value-Added Products

The conference will also include a USDA Round Table Discussion on small farmer needs, an exhibit hall and the Louisiana Living Legends Banquet, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences.

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