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February 07, 2008   Email to Friend 

TUSKEGEE FARMERS CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON ENERGY MANAGEMENT
Janene Tate
(334) 421-8755
February 07, 2008

TUSKEGEE, Ala. -- Responding to the serious challenges caused by increasing energy costs, the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension and College of Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Sciences will offer two workshops on managing farm energy risks at the 116th Annual Farmers Conference at Tuskegee University on Feb. 21-22.

During the first day of sessions, Dave Ryan, a senior energy engineer at the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, Mont., will lead a workshop on farm energy use, assessment and management, and include innovative ideas for reducing fuel and electric costs, as well as opportunities for farms to generate their own energy using biodiesel, wind turbines or solar panels.

Ryan also will lead an "Ask the Energy Expert" discussion, responding directly to questions from the audience. Other workshops include preventive health and lifestyle management, marketing strategy and financial literacy.

Funding for these workshops is provided by the USDA-Risk Management Agency through a cooperative partnership agreement with the National Center for Appropriate Technology as part of the "Managing Farm Energy Risks" program.

"Tuskegee University is proud to host yet another Farmers Conference," said Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, University president. "This is a tradition dating back to the beginning years of this institution and has yielded positive, tangible results each year."

Envisioned by Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute founder, as "the people's conference," the annual Farmers Conference evolved over 100 years ago out of a need to improve the conditions of rural, black farmers in the South. This conference represented not only the pioneering spirit of Tuskegee University, but also the real beginning of agricultural extension.

The conference registration fee for farmers and rural landowners is $25, $50 for agency professionals and $10 for students. A limited number of scholarships will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or to register, contact the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program at (334) 724-4441.


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