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 www.suagcenter.com/small-farmers, or contact Kelli Hollins at (225) 771-2242 or kelli_hollins@suagcenter.com.