Conference pays tribute to Carver’s work and family farmers


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 21, 2014) – The 122nd Annual Farmers Conference concluded today by honoring the excellence of past and present agricultural professionals. The event, which began Thursday, is the longest-running active conference for farmers. It also officially kicked off the year of planned events recognizing the 150th birthday of George Washington Carver. 


Rev. William C. Lennard, a resource person with the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences, said Carver was a humble scientific giant whose work revolutionized the world. He also said his father was a student of Carver’s and used to shave the scientist. Through a story about Carver giving his father a dollar, which he turned into a chicken farm, Lennard said the scientist encouraged growth. 

“The more you give, the more that will be given to you,” Lennard said. “George Washington Carver understood these principles.”

Farmers for today and tomorrow

Held in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University, this year’s conference featured several seminars and workshops on topics such as: farm safety, estate planning, marketing, and herd management.

“Take what you have learned here, use it to improve communities and improve your lands,” said Miles Robinson, a program chair. “Continue to be God’s caretakers.”

Friday’s activities concluded with the Merit Farm Family Luncheon where the Richard Mitchell Family was honored for their commitment to the community and their land. Richard Mitchell is a grower in Clayton, Ala. Mitchell and his wife, Patricia, have two sons. In addition to his crops, he raises chickens and livestock, including ostriches and emus. 

Mitchell has also hosted several field days and cooperative extension related training opportunities on his farm property. These workshops include: beef cattle management clinics and fruit tree production sessions. His farm has also served as an on-farm demonstration site for several university supported research projects. Mitchell said he inherited the love of farming from his father and grandfather. 

“I’m on a mission for my father,” Mitchell said of his commitment to farming. “It’s because of him that we are all gathered here this afternoon.”

Mitchell was awarded a plaque and $1,000 from First South Farm Credit. 

Plaque presented to the Mitchell family.

Audience at conference.

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