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Alcorn delegation participates in ag conference at Tuskegee, Dr. Panicker recognized

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Lorman, Miss. (January 31, 2014) - Alcorn State University School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences students, faculty and staff participated in the 71st Annual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference held recently at Tuskegee University.

Dr. Carrie Ford, interim chair of the Department of Human Sciences, and Dr. Girish K. Panicker, associate professor and director of the Center for Conservation Research, each held presentations at the conference.

Dr. Ford presented a paper “Using Technology to Better Serve Universities, Farmers, Youth and Communities”. “My paper focused on the use of technology to better serve universities, farmers, youth and communities and on technology-related aspects in the light of basic education, higher education, socio-economic aspects of individuals and families with special emphasis on limited-resource families,” Ford said. “It was an honor for my paper to have been chosen to be presented at this prestigious conference, and it was an opportunity for my own professional growth and development.”

Dr. Girish K. Panicker, received recognition during the L.A. Potts Luncheon which is conducted every year to highlight success stories in agriculture and rural development at the 1890 institutions and related community-based organizations.

In his speech, Dr. Panicker highlighted the achievements of the Center in the area of conservation research and disseminating of the invaluable research information for erosion prediction, nutrient management and conservation planning. “At present, the center has the largest C-factor databank on 37 horticultural crops that allows us to represent the U.S. on international level,” shared Panicker. “The Center has trained scientists and conservationists of land-grant universities and government agencies on cover and management research technology. Currently, we provide free consultations to research organizations around the globe.” Panicker added, “It was a great occasion to present our University’s success in conservation research at this distinguished conference before scientists, conservationists, students and farmers that came from several states.”

Dr. Daniel Collins, chair of the Department of Agriculture, stated, “We are proud of Dr. Panicker and the Center for being recognized for the outstanding conservation research and outreach project.”

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference was initiated by Dr. Booker T. Washington, president of Tuskegee in 1894. The conference began in 1942 mainly with Tuskegee University and local and state support and participation. It is now national in scope including representatives from the national land-grant community, and from the state, federal, and private sectors.

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