2020 Diversity in AG. Conference
The Diversity in Agriculture Conference was held at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock February 27-28, 2020 with two hundred or more guests and organization representatives participating in the event. The conference was planned and executed as a special first of a kind event for the public. With all being said and done, the conference was all and more than planned. Arkansas Farm Bureau worked closely with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation, the University of Arkansas, U of A Cooperative Extension Service, U of A-Pine Bluff and the National Center for Appropriate Technology in planning the event. The planned event was executed by design to bring together agriculture communities from across our state to network, gain knowledge of agriculture current and future practices, agricultural community economic development resources and provide higher education students an opportunity to explore the various fields in agriculture career opportunities. The conference allowed participants from throughout the state to explore opportunities through success stories and networking. It also fostered an expansion of public and private partnerships within agriculture, Arkansas’ largest industry sector.
The overall conference evaluation and comments provided the following results:
As a first-time event, I am sure we can look forward for even greater ones in the future.
The Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation has provided a brief summary of the events as well as video footage uploaded from Arkansas Farm Bureau's official youtube page, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSp74J3CBqsbsT5Jy8qjCVA .
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Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) provides technical assistance to alternative crop (vegetable) growers to meet the regulatory requirements in the Food Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) & Good Handling Practices (GHP) are component tools of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection requirements of commercial growers to sell to Walmart/Kroger.
ALCDC offered a free produce safety training through the Produce Safety Alliance of Cornell University to the public where participants received their certification to offer Produce Safety Alliance's (PSA) (Cornell) standardized curriculum to train fresh produce growers.
The partnership with Cornell is a concerted effort on behalf of ALCDC to show Growers how alternative crops can become viable Business Enterprises in Eastern Arkansas with proper technical assistance and advice.