Alcorn announces speakers for its 2013 Small Farmers Conference

Alcorn announces speakers for its 2013 Small Farmers Conference

Hundreds of small and limited-resource farmers, and women in business from all over the state of Mississippi and surrounding states have a chance to attend the 22nd annual Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) Small Farmers Conference that will be held March 25-27, 2013, at Harlow’s Conference Center and Resort in Greenville, Mississippi. The conference is co-sponsored by ASUEP and the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives (MAC).
“This year, ASUEP chose renowned agriculturalists Dr. KD Kokate, and Dr. Ivory W. Lyles to be the keynote speakers at the conference,” shared Anthony Reed, ASUEP interim assistant extension administrator and conference co-chair. “With these two esteemed gentlemen, the conference participants will gain a wealth of knowledge and insight that they can apply in their endeavors.”

Dr. Kokate is a world renowned scientist in the field of agriculture with over 360 published works. As deputy director of Agriculture Extension for Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), Dr. Kokate has been instrumental in extension policy planning, management, reforms, and other duties in his native India. Dr. Kokate has also established global partnerships with Iowa State University and Alcorn State University in establishing Agriculture Science Centers for the India Africa Forum. He also served on 75 global committees on five-year plans, extension policy and academic research and development. For his contribution to the agriculture extension field, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology in Orissa, India, awarded him doctor of science honorary degree.

Dr. Ivory W. Lyles is a former associate vice president of Agriculture and director of Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas. He retired after 30 years of service in the area of agriculture. Dr. Lyles graduated from Alcorn in 1980 with bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics and education. He received his master’s degree from Mississippi State University, and his doctorate from Ohio State University. Dr. Lyles has made an impact on the universities he has served. He established the Leadership Academy and the Southern Extension Leadership Workshop at the University of Tennessee, and raised over $25 million in Extension funding at the five land-grant universities he served.

To register for the conference, please visit or contact Anthony Reed at 601-877-2305, the ASUEP at 601-877-6128, or call toll-free 877-427-9536.

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Dr. Kokate.

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Dr. Lyles.