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Tuskegee University is an independent and state-related institution of higher education.  Its programs serve a student body that is coeducational as well as racially, ethnically and religiously diverse.

 


Small Scale Farming, Landownership, and Global Food Security

The objective of this program area is to increase profitability and sustainability for small-scale farmers and landowners who continue to face production, financial and marketing challenges due to the size of their operations as well as other historical and environmental factors. Sub-areas include, organic farming, plasticulture, cooperative marketing and alternative enterprises, small ruminants production, forest and renewable resource management, and silviculture.  

  • Organic Farming for Small Farmers

This project will encourage the production of organic vegetables and also create demonstration sites for small farmers. Field research activities will be initiated to develop appropriate cover crops and cropping systems adapted for various soils and ecological zones buand demonstration plots will be established in the various ecological zones for practical applications on farming systems.

Goals and Objectives:

The overall project goal is to promote adoption of sustainable organic farming practices in the Alabama Black Belt counties in order to improve dietary choices and create economic opportunity for small-scale farmers. The specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To conduct scientific on-farm research on organic farming systems at the George Washington Carver Agricultural Experiment Station (GWCAES) farm
  2. To transfer on-farm research results directly to farmers
  3. To encourage farmers to market organic products through direct channels as well as other marketing opportunities
  4. To educate consumers and farmers on the nutritional and health benefits of organic products

Contact persons:

Nii O. Tackie
CEP/GWCAES
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-727-8813
Email: ntackie@tuskegee.edu

Kokoasse Kpombleku
Economic/rural development specialist
Milbank Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-724-4521
Email: kka@tuskegee.edu

Leonard Githinji
Horticultural specialist
Cooperative Extension Program
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-724-4955 

  • Collaborative Marketing Opportunities

This project will explore how the long-term sustainability and profitability of small, limited-resource farmers can be enhanced through collaborative marketing research. The research and outreach project will analyze the marketing potential of small, limited-resource farm enterprises at the local, state and regional levels. In addition, the proposed study will expand small, limited-resource farmers' knowledge to assist them in making informed marketing decisions. Also, it will increase their understanding of the distribution and procurement of fruits and vegetables from the perspective of small farm enterprises.

Goals and Objectives:

The overall goal is to expand the knowledge of small, limited-resource farmers and assist them in making informed marketing decisions.

The specific objectives are:
 

  1. To provide an analysis of the vegetable/produce market structure on small, limited-resource vegetable farmers in the Black Belt region and how this structure influences their sustainability and profitability
  2. To identify existing and potential collaborative marketing opportunities for small, limited-resource farmers in the Black Belt region
  3. To develop and implement an outreach and technical assistance program that will enhance awareness of various marketing opportunities and ultimately enhance the marketing potential of small farmers

Contact:
Tasha M. Hargrove
Cooperative Marketing                          
200G Campbell Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088                
Telephone:  334-724-4524                       
Email: tmhargrove@tuskegee.edu

  • Small Ruminant Production

This program is aimed at encouraging the adoption of sustainable meat goat production among small and limited-resource farmers in Alabama. The program will also ensure that goat producers are able to produce safe, wholesome and reliable agricultural products on a consistent basis to ensure consumer confidence and market competitiveness. It is expected that farmers will increase their knowledge of goat nutrition, forage-based production and health management including an integrated parasite control program.

Goals and Objectives:

The major program goal is to promote adoption of sustainable meat goat production in Alabama including in the Alabama Black Belt counties in order to improve meat goat production efficiency and create economic opportunity for limited-resource farmers. Some of the specific objectives include:

  1. To educate goat producers in identifying and understanding consumer needs to increase their profitability
  2. To conduct educational programs for producers and extension agents in the areas related to goat nutrition, forage-based production, forage establishment and selection of suitable breeds
  3. To develop integrated sustainable parasite control and management programs
  4. To facilitate access to markets and processing facilities for small ruminant producers, particularly goat producers confronting various challenges with marketing and profitability 

Contact:
Nar K. Gurung
CEP/GWCAES
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-727-8457
Email: ngurung@tuskegee.edu

  • Silvipasture Practice

This program will train county agents and producers on establishing, managing and utilizing silvipasture. Silvipasture can be a better option to many producers who already have woodlots or who would like tree plantations. Silvipasture can be developed by planting trees in rows with an appropriate density and developing pasture in between the rows of trees (alleys).

Contact:
Uma Karki, PhD
Assistant professor and state extension livestock specialist, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program
201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-727-8336
Email: karkiu@tuskegee.edu

Nar K. Gurung, PhD, PAS
Research assistant professor and animal/small farms specialist, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences

301B Milbank Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-727-8457
Email: ngurung@tuskegee.edu

  • Year-Round Pasture Production and Management

The purpose of this project is to educate and train extension professionals and livestock producers on pasture improvement, grazing management, and conservation and proper use of surplus forage biomass. Productivity, quality and production duration of warm-season pasture can be increased by introducing and maintaining cool-season grasses and legumes. Warm-season forages may also be grown to supplement the low quality of pasture available during warm-season.

Once a multi-species pasture is developed by incorporating cool-season grasses and legumes into the existing warm-season pasture, an appropriate grazing system will be implemented for its sustainable use.

Contact:
Uma Karki, PhD
Assistant professor and state extension livestock specialist, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program
201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-727-8336
Email: karkiu@tuskegee.edu

Nar K. Gurung, PhD, PAS
Research Assistant Professor and Animal/Small Farms Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences
301B Milbank Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  (334) 727-8457
Email: ngurung@tuskegee.edu

  • Integrated Management of Gastrointestinal Parasites in Goats

This program will educate extension professionals and goat producers on an integrated approach of managing gastrointestinal parasites including barber pole worm. The program will highlight different options to minimize gastrointestinal infestation and provide training county agents and goat producers on applying various strategies to manage gastrointestinal parasites to help avoid a huge loss in the goat industry. Program activities will include workshops and seminars, on-farm demonstrations and follow-up farm visits.

Contact:
Uma Karki, PhD
Assistant professor and state extension livestock specialist, Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program
201 Morrison-Mayberry Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  334-727-8336
Email: karkiu@tuskegee.edu

Nar K. Gurung, PhD, PAS
Research Assistant Professor and Animal/Small Farms Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences
301B Milbank Hall
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Telephone:  (334) 727-8457
Email: ngurung@tuskegee.edu