Small Farm Conference Planned at Southern

By The Advocate - Baton Rouge

Producers from throughout the state will gather at the Southern University Agricultural Center from March 16-18 for the seventh annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference.

The theme is “Innovations and Resilience for Louisiana Small Family Farms."

The conference is designed to provide expanded awareness of educational opportunities; U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and services; and other resources to help small farmers stay in business. The event is targeted at beginning farmers, small and urban farmers, agricultural business owners, community leaders, backyard gardeners and community-based organizations.

Sessions will be held on drone demonstrations, grant writing, soil health, farm labor and marketing. On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. daily.

Other events during the conference include the Louisiana Living Legends Banquet and the graduation ceremony for the 2016 Class of the Louisiana Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute.

Register at, or contact Kelli Hollins at (225) 771-2242 or