FARGO — Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation (ALFDC) hosted Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation’s (ALCDC) Annual Winter Farmers Conference Feb. 22 at ALFDC’s Business Center, 484 Floyd Brown Dr. in Fargo. The theme for the conference was “Resources for Family Farm Retention and Rural Community Development.” The event focused on strategies and opportunities for agriculture and rural community economic development.
The Conference agenda was designed to provide resourceful information for sustainable economic recovery and renewal of our rural, urban farm and under-served and unserved communities.
Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) in Partnership with the City of Dermott, Arkansas & Mayor Hampton, USDA’s Farm Service Agency & Natural Resource Conservation Service held a Community Economic Development Symposium in Dermott, Arkansas Thursday, September 13 at the Dermott City Hall.
Representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Service, Farm Service Agency and Rural Development were in attendance and available along with ALCDC staff members for consultation about Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program, Heir’s Property and technical production practices.
Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) held it's Annual Winter Farmer’s Conference, January 27, 2018, in Fargo, AR. at the Arkansas Land & Farm Development Corporation’s (ALFDC) historical Business Conference Center, located at 484 Floyd Brown Drive.
The theme for the event was: “Advancing Economic Development-Job Creation and Growth through Urban and Rural Agriculture.” The agenda was designed to bring together rural & urban farmers, beginning farmers, veterans, rural residents, government agency, elected officials, rural business and faith based and community based organizations interested in the sustainable economic recovery and renewal of our rural & urban agriculture under-served /unserved communities.
Mr. Michael Sullivan, State Conservationist Arkansas, United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS) will served as the Opening Morning Speaker followed by concurrent Workshops in the areas of:
Associate Chief for Conservation, Leonard Jordan with USDA, NRCS Washington, DC served as the Keynote Luncheon Speaker.
Arkansas Land Community & Development Corporation (ALCDC) hosted their Central Arkansas Community Economic Development Summit on Saturday, December 16 @ 9:30 a.m.at the Menifee Community Center, 68 Mustang Street, Menifee Arkansas 72107.
Over the past thirty seven (37) years, ALCDC’s program services have been dedicated toward equal access and providing United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) program service delivery to historically underserved communities, ranchers, farmers and landowners. ALCDC’s vision and commitment, along with partnerships, supporters, members and friends through USDA and Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA) continue the processes for addressing the many challenges and needs of the underserved and underprivileged in rural areas.
Representatives from USDA’s Natural Resource Service, Farm Service Agency and Rural Development presented on behalf of organizations about their available services. ALCDC’s successful programmatic partnership approaches have experienced successes in housing and economic development, family farm retention and youth services.
Topics Addressed & Covered at Summit:
Housing, Business & Community Economic Development Opportunities
Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) in conjunction with United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) hosted a Community Economic Development Summit in Osceola, Arkansas on September 21, 2017.
Topics included: Housing, Farming, Ranching and Heir Property Issues. ALCDC is dedicated to providing services to all segments of our rural communities, particularly the underserved population of socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, rural residents and veterans. The Summit addressed farming as a sustainable and profitable business relying on analysis, technology and comprehensive planning, and complete implementation of the best farm practices. Current farmers/ranchers and New Beginning Farmers Rancher (NBFR) were encouraged to engage with USDA Officials and ALCDC Staff to receive help with farm planning, housing, conservation practices, farm financing and overcoming Heir Property barriers.
Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) in conjunction with United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) held a Community Economic Development Summit in Dermott, Arkansas at the Dermott City Hall. Topics discussed included: Housing, Farming, Ranching and Heir Property Issues.
The objective of this meeting was to provide information about programs and services to help bring about major short and long term benefits for you and your family farm business enterprise. The Summit will address farming as a sustainable and profitable business relying on analysis, technology and comprehensive planning, and complete implementation of the best farm practices. Current farmers/ranchers and New Beginning Farmers Rancher (NBFR) are invited to attend this Summit. Attendees will engage with USDA Officials and ALCDC Staff to receive help with farm planning, housing, conservation practices, farm financing and how to overcome Heir Property barriers.
Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation hosted a special growers & wholesalers workshop on January 18, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Arkansas Land and Farm's Business (ALFDC) Center, 484 Floyd Brown Drive in Fargo Arkansas. The purpose of ALCDC’s Workshop was to introduce vegetable growers to wholesalers marketing their products to consumers and retailers. Secondly to begin an open dialogue about vegetable distribution into new markets followed up with teleconferencing and other forms of communications.
The Workshop called for an open exchange of ideas and concerns from the standpoint of both the local vegetable producers and wholesalers/distributors. Interest in alternative crops is steadily on the incline while markets or outlets for locally grown produce are unfortunately not as accessible. ALCDC believes this Workshop provided an opportunity for wholesalers to meet their local vegetable producers and farmers to get better awareness of the needs of both the consumers and retailers.
Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) hosted an New and Beginning Farmers & Ranchers (NBFR) Outreach Meeting with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agencies on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Twin Grove Community Center, 10 Twin Grove Lane in Twin Grove Arkansas. The Workshops addressed farming and ranching as a business starting with the development of a Farm Business Plan for your operation. ALCDC also provided technical assistance in the areas of: Access to Land & Capital, Risk Management, How to Protect & Invest in Your Land and Resources, How to Build Your Market and Grow Your Business and Food Safety. Two of the biggest challenges facing new farmers and ranchers is access to land and access to capital. Capital needs range from buying the farm itself to financing your business. ALCDC in conjunction with USDA have many tools that you can use when taking these first key steps.
The USDA identifies a NBFR’s as individuals who have been farming or ranching less than ten years.As a new and beginning farmer & rancher, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs may provide up to approximately 90 percent of the estimated costs associated with implementing conservation practices and may also provide up to approximately 50 percent in advance for the purpose of purchasing materials or contracting. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to America's farmers and ranchers to help them implement voluntary conservation measures that benefit both their environment and agricultural operations.
ALCDC held an outreach meeting with the United States Department of Agriculture Agencies and Arkansas Forestry Commission to address Heir Property Barriers in Economic Development on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Dumas Community Center, 18 Belmont Drive in Dumas, AR. The Workshop was held in conjunction with "Houseaboutit" to housing needs in our community.
The workshops addressed farming as a sustainable and profitable business relying on analysis, technology and comprehensive planning, and complete implementation of the best practices of: Whole Farm Management; Financial Plans; Conservation Plans; Marketing Plans. Risk Management: Market Risk; Production Risk; Financial Risk; Human Risks and Legal Risks are all scheduled for discussion. Heir property barriers were also on the agenda for discussion and one-on-one heir property consultations was available for participants after the workshop.
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.