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Past Events

ALCDC Tri-State Economic Community Development Meeting:

 Greenleaf Learning Farm. 

Memphis, TN

ALCDC Economic Community Development Meeting, 4/7/2022. 

This meeting was held live and virtually from the Lafayette and Miller District Baptist Association building in Lewisville, AR. Topics addressed included: conservation program resource opportunities, micro-urban farm certifications, alternative crop production, local food supply, cooperative development, farm financing, debt servicing for farm retention & Disaster Assistance Programs for socially disadvantaged, beginning, and limited resource famers/ranchers,

and resource opportunities for business financing, housing, rural community development, community facility grants/loans, and infrastructure for rural communities. 

 ALCDC Economic Community Development Meeting, 3/24/2022.

 This meeting was held live and virtually from the Menifee City Hall in Menifee, AR. Topics addressed include: conservation program resource opportunities, including financial, technical, educational program service for rural and urban residents;

 micro-urban farm certification, alternative crop production, local food supply, cooperative development, farm financing, debt servicing for farm retention & Disaster Assistance Programs for socially disadvantaged, beginning, and limited resource famers/ranchers.

ALCDC  Tri-State (AR,TN, & MS) Outreach Meeting @ Alcorn State’s University Demonstration Farm

This meeting was held on March 10, 2022 virtually from Mound Bayou, MS. Topics addressed included conservation program resource opportunities, micro-urban farm certification, alternative

crop production, local food supply, cooperative development, farm financing, debt servicing for farm retention. The meeting also focused on USDA opportunities for business financing,

housing, rural community development, community facility grants/loans, and infrastructure for rural communities. 

ALFDC 41st Annual Farmers Conference 

was held Thursday February 24th and Friday, February 25th 2022. Some of the  topics focal points included:

• Discuss resource dollars that works for rural business development,

housing, community facilities and economic development and water sewer systems infrastructure. Along with work winning steps for successful applications.

• Explore new crops, and farmers market for opportunities, alternative

crops and local food supply, marketing, financial, and business opportunities for small business, socially disadvantaged, beginning, and limited resource farmers/ranchers.

• Will discuss successful conservation program resource opportunities

and other conservation programs, including financial and technical

assistance programs to achieve successful applications.

• Will provide educational information on urban farm business opportunities through USDA.

• Will discuss Heir property; barriers for landowners and USDA farm

bill resource opportunities

Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) in Partnership with the Memphis Tilth, and One-United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), convened a hybrid Community Economic Development Summit Thursday, December 2nd at the Memphis Tilth Main Office, 575 Suzette Street in Memphis, TN. The Summit focused on Memphis’s economic expansion and the potential roles of USDA’s Programs and Services in this economic growth.


This event brought together farmers, ranchers, foresters, landowners, USDA Resources Agencies, conservationists, local officials and residents, and others interested in rural and urban economic recovery, conservation program benefits for beginning farmers, urban farming and forestry, heir's property barriers and other resource opportunities.  

ALCDC Prosperity Community Economic Development Symposium: West Memphis, AR

 ALCDC in Partnership with the City of West Memphis, AR, and One-United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hosted a hybrid Community Economic Development Symposium Thursday, November 18 at the West Memphis Public Library and Innovation Center in West Memphis, Arkansas 72301.


 The Symposium focused on West Memphis’ economic expansion and the potential roles of USDA’s Programs and Services during this economic growth and recovery.


 Workshops discussed urban conservation programs and other programs for beginning farmers, urban farming, forestry, heir’s property, and other resource opportunities.


ALCDC Prosperity Community Economic Development Symposium: Camden, AR

Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation (ALCDC) in Partnership with Lafayette School Restoration Incorporated (LSRI) and One-United States  Department of Agriculture (USDA), conducted a hybrid (VIRTUAL-In/Person) Community Economic Development Symposium Thursday, November 10, 2021 in Camden, Arkansas.


The scheduled events focused on One USDA rural and urban community economic development resource opportunities. Workshops were conducted by agency specialists providing information for conservation program services, heir property, beginning farming opportunities for farmers and ranchers, micro-urban farming, Ag. Marketing Services (AMS), forestry, housing and community economic development resources for community facilities, water and sewer, energy, and COVID-19 economic recovery program services.




Thursday, September 30 2021.

The Symposium was about conservation program resource opportunities, micro-urban farm certification, alternative crop production, heir property issues, CFAP II and many other topics affecting rural and urban residents. The IN-PERSON event took place at Coahoma Community College  in Clarksdale, MS.

ALCDC Tri-State Coronavirus Food Assistance Program  Meeting, April 29, 2021

The Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation conducted a Virtual Summit Meeting on COVID-19 Resources for Community Economic Recovery, ‘’WHATS IN IT FOR YOU’’. The event was held April 29, 2021 and was supported by USDA and SBA resource staff specializing in CFAP-2 Agriculture Program Payments, Conservation Program Payments, Payroll Protection Program, farm and business financing, housing program services , and rural community economic development resources.

ALCDC  Tri-state Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Meeting part 1.

ALCDC  Tri-state Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Meeting part 2.

ALCDC Southeast Arkansas Regional Meeting

ALCDC Southeast Arkansas Regional Meeting part 1

ALCDC Southeast Arkansas Regional Meeting part 2

ALCDC Western Tennessee Virtual Event Agenda

April 7, 2021


  • Focus Area: Accessing conservation program resource and COVID-19 stimulus benefits for limited resource farmers and landowners.
  • Focus Area: Accessing USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) financial and program resources for social disadvantaged, beginning, and limited resource farmers and ranchers and FSA COVID-19 stimulus programs.

  • Focus Area: Accessing SBA resource opportunities for rural community development, small business, and COVID-19 stimulus programs.

  • Focus Area: Accessing USDA RD resource opportunities for rural community development, small business, rural community resources and COVID-19 stimulus programs.

                           

December 10, 2020.


The Seminar meeting will focus on strategies and opportunities for agriculture and rural community

economic development.

1.USDA RD Prosperity Community Resources

2. USDA NRCS Conservation

3. Solutions and Resources to Address Heir Property Challenge

4. USDA Farm Service Agency


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:

  • Resources for Business & Rural Community Development
  • Conservation Resource Opportunities for Rural & Urban Agriculture
  • Farm Certification, Alternative Crops, Local Food Supply, Marketing, Access to Farm Financing, and Opportunities for Beginning farmers.

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:

  • New & Beginning Farmers & Ranchers (Veterans) Program
  • Equality and Equity Resource Opportunities for Heir Property
  • Micro-Urban Farming
  • Conservation Risk Management Practices for Limited Resource & Historically Underserved Farmers, Ranchers & Landowners
  • Housing, Business & Community Economic Development Opportunities     

Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation hosted Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation's 37th Annual Conference and Membership Meeting Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27 2017 in the Fargo Agricultural Business Center located at 484 Floyd Brown Drive in Fargo Arkansas.


Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation 37th Annual

Conference was designed to address the specific needs of its members, partners, supporters, and family farmers. To achieve this conference purpose, the board and staff worked to engage leading experts in rural community development for the benefit of all conference participants.


The Conference brought together farmers, government officials, rural residents, youth, faith-based organizations, and community-based organizations interested in sustaining rural communities. Workshops will be in the areas of farm finance program and services, rural economic development, housing, and youth services.

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.

The overall conference evaluation and comments provided the following results:

  • Great panelists; passionate about topics
  • Great heavy hitters-Sen. Boozman, Gov Hutchinson, Ar. Sec. of AG. Wes Ward
  • Great panelists for all the classes.
  • Please continue every year!
  • This conference was very informative, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere that was created by the staff and various speakers
  • This has been an exceptional conference.
  • Very well organized.
  • I found sessions informative and the speakers were well versed.
  • Great job!

As a first-time event, I am sure we can look forward for even greater ones in the future.

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.