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Grower training, Hemp summit, and ‘Queen Sugar’ headline SU’s Louisiana Small Farmers Conference

Grower training, Hemp summit, and ‘Queen Sugar’ headline SU’s Louisiana Small Farmers Conference

For a decade, the Southern University Ag Center’s Louisiana Small Farmers Conference has provided the state’s small agricultural producers with strategies and information on the latest educational tools and resources to help them stay in business.

This year, the Center brings, “Investing in Your Small Farm Business,” at the Southern University’s Felton G. Clark Activity Center, March 18-21. Conference activities include a grant writing panel, networking opportunities, an exhibit hall, and the Louisiana Living Legends Luncheon, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the areas of Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences. Two pre-conference sessions will be held Wednesday, March 18. Participants will have the option of attending either a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training or a Louisiana HEMP Summit0

The Louisiana Hemp Summit will include ask the lawyer, scientist, farmer, and entrepreneur sessions on state laws, regulations, USDA opportunities, and application processes.

Natalie Basile, author "Queen Sugar"

Natalie Baszile, author “Queen Sugar”

On Friday, March 20, Natalie Baszile, author of the Louisiana based novel “Queen Sugar” will be the keynote speaker on Friday, March 20th.  Baszile is an award-winning author best known for her book, Queen Sugar, about a Black woman who unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana and she is reminded by her grandmother and other family members that cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. The book explores the complexities of contemporary southern life and farming. The book was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and has been adapted for television by Ava Duvernay and Oprah Winfrey.

Limited complimentary registration for small farmers is available until February 28, 2020. After this date, the registration fee for the conference will be $75 for small farmers. The fee for agricultural professionals is $100. All fees should be made payable to the Southern University Foundation – ANR Programs in the form of a check or money order.  On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. daily during the conference.  Agricultural exhibitors are welcome to participate.

To register online, visit http://www.suagcenter.com/form/smallfarms. Exhibitors can register at http://www.suagcenter.com/form/exhibitor-registration-for-the-10th-annual-louisiana-small-farmer-conference.  For additional information contact Zanetta Augustine at 225.771.2591 or via e-mail at zanetta_augustine@suagcenter.com.

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