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February 20, 2013   Email to Friend 

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY TO HOST PROFESSIONAL FARMERS CONFERENCE
Teri Sumbry
(334) 339-1928
February 20, 2013

TUSKEGEE, Ala., - For the 121st year, agricultural workers and agribusiness stakeholders will gather at Tuskegee University for the Farmers Conference. The annual event will be held Feb. 21-22 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: “Partnering for Progress.” 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 alternative markets, an update on the women and Hispanic farmers lawsuit, timber and wildlife management, water quality, food safety and small herd health management and production. Events will include a health fair and a youth forum that will cover topics such as social media for making career decisions, Tuskegee research and agricultural careers and internships.

For more information, call Vanese Singleton at 334-724-4440 or email vsingle@mytu.tuskegee.edu. To learn more online, go to: www.tuskegee.edu/farmersconference

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. The main focus of the conference is still on the problems and solutions for small-scale farmers, landowners, and their families in managing change in agriculture and lifestyles.


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