120th Farmers Conference to focus on marketing, cooperative development, more

2/15/2012

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TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 15, 2012) — The 120th Farmers Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. Sessions will focus on problems and solutions for small-scale farmers, landowners and their communities.

 

The theme of this year’s conference is: “Celebrating 120 Years of Service to Farmers and Rural Communities: Building a Stronger Foundation for the Future.” The objectives for this year’s conference are to share up-to-date information with small-scale farmers and landowners, to create awareness of family health, nutrition issues and resources for rural families, and to strengthen networks and partnerships that address the interests of small-scale farmers and rural communities.

 

Sessions will feature topics such as selling to commercial markets, an update on the black farmers lawsuit, cooperative development, increasing profits, goat farming and bee keeping.

 

Events will include a health fair, tours of Tuskegee University’s goat farm and Whippoorwill Vineyards in Notasulga, Ala., and a luncheon to honor family farmer Jerome Grandison of Lowndes County, Ala. 

 

For more information, call 334-727-8808 or email the conference coordinator at farmersconference@mytu.tuskegee.edu.

 

About the Farmers Conference

The first Farmers Conference was held at Tuskegee University on Feb. 23, 1892.  The purpose was to arouse public sentiment among the farmers and create a real interest in the common, mundane and practical affairs of life.  The morning was spent identifying problems, while the afternoon portion of the conference focused on solutions. Today, the conference’s main focus remains on the problems and solutions for small-scale farmers, landowners, and their communities in managing change in agriculture.



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