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Alcorn State University to Host 2014 Small Farmers Conference in Jackson

Lorman, Miss. (February 7, 2014) - The 23rd annual Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) Small Farmers Conference, slated for March 24-26, 2014, will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, Miss. “Using Smarter Innovations to Strengthen Agriculture” is this year’s conference theme. The event is co-sponsored by Alcorn Extension and the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives (MAC).

“We look forward to the conference as our greatest networking opportunity that brings together a diverse group of small farmers, ranchers, landowners and women with business ideas,” stated Myra Draggs, executive director of MAC and conference co-chair. “This event has a great impact on the lives of its participants. Over the years, we have seen past attendees start businesses as a result of the information and encouragement received during the conference. This year, we look to further enhance opportunities for our participants to obtain knowledge and engage in collaborations.”

A highlight of the conference will be the observance of the 100th Year Anniversary of the Cooperative Extension System. Other highlights will include learning site tour, a “Let’s Talk” Forum of state and federal agency personnel and farmers and ranchers, along with several vendors and exhibitors showcasing their products.

To register for the conference, please visit www.smallfarmersconference.org or contact Alcorn Extension at (601) 877-6128 or call toll-free (877) 427-9536. Registration is $45 (single) and $80 (couple) non-refundable. Scholarships will be available for small farmers, ranchers and women in business on first come first served basis until February 28, 2014. First consideration will be given to participants residing outside of 40-mile radius of Jackson. For information on scholarships, please contact Savannah Jackson, at the MAC office, at (601) 354-2750.

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