Arkansas Land &Community Development Corporation's (ALCDC) Annual Winter Farmer's Conference is being held on January 27, 2017 beginning at 8:30 am at Arkansas Land & Farm Development Corporation's (ALFDC) Business Conference Center in Fargo, Arkansas. The Conference is at ALCDC's historical site, with a history of Annual Farmers and Rural Conferences since 1934. The site was founded by Floyd Brown in 1919 as the Fargo Agriculture Training School. As a former student of Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee University, Dr. Brown structured the schools K-12 curriculum to follow the philosophy of his formal educational training while, making a major contribution to the history of our nation.
This year's conference agenda has been designed to bring together rural & urban farmers, beginning farmers, veterans, rural residents, government agencies, elected officials, rural businesses, and faith and community based organizations interested in the sustainable economic recovery and renewal of our rural & urban agriculture suppressed and under-served communities. The theme for this years event is: "Advancing Economic Development-Job Creation and Growth through Rural and Urban Agriculture".
Mr. Michael Sullivan, Arkansas State Conservationist for theUnited States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will serve as the morning speaker followed by concurrent Workshops in the areas of:
Resources for Business & Rural Community Development
This workshop will discuss new resource dollars for rural business development, housing, community facilities, economic development and water and sewer system infrastructure.
Conservation Resources Opportunities for Rural & Urban Agriculture
This workshop will address conservation programs services, including financial, technical, and educational program service opportunities and heir property resolutions for rural and urban residents.
Farm Certification, Alternative Crops, Local Food Supply, Marketing, Access to Farm Financing, and Opportunities for Beginning farmers.
This session will focus on certification, direct marketing practices, alternative crop and local food supply, farmers markets, financial and Disaster Assistance Programs for socially disadvantaged, beginning, and limited resource farmers/ranchers.
Associate Chief for Conservation, Leonard Jordan USDA, NRCS Washington, DC will serve as the Keynote Luncheon Speaker. Registration begins Friday January 27 at 8:30 am. For additional information, please call ALCDC at 870-734-3005 & ask for Mary Harris or visit our Website at http://www.alfdc.webs.com/. Looking forward to seeing you in Fargo at ALCDC's Winter Farmers Conference.
Give us a call if you want to talk to one of our friendly and professional staff members. Our office hours are 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. Monday -Friday or call (870) 870-734-3005 or email us at [email protected]
Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation
533 Floyd Brown Drive, P.O. Box 907 Brinkley, AR 72021