Open House and Sweet Potato Jamboree at Alcorn’s Mound Bayou Demonstration Center

Alcorn State University will hold its annual Sweet Potato Jamboree at its Extension/Research Farm and Technology Transfer Center, Friday, September 26, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. followed by an open house and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility. Both events are free and open to the public.

Farmers, consultants and any others interested in Mississippi agriculture will have an opportunity to watch demonstrations and hear about the results of current agricultural research. Topics will include soil health, low cost irrigation, pollinators, integrated pest management, farm management, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, row crops, and bio-energy crops.

“Researchers and Extension staff from Alcorn State, NRCS, Monsanto and Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will be on hand to present current research findings, describe demonstration plot results and respond to questions,” according to Dr. Franklin Chukwuma, coordinator of Off-Campus Centers.

The annual Sweet Potato Bake-Off Contest is also planned. Persons may enter the Contest by mailing entry forms to the Alcorn State University Extension/Research Farm at 294 Grainger Dorsey Road in Mound Bayou, MS 38762, or by faxing them to (601) 877-6694 no later than September 24.

All entries must be finished baked goods that do not require warming and are made from real potatoes (no mixes or instant flakes). Entries must, also, be in a covered container and be accompanied by a typed or clearly printed recipe. Previous winning recipes cannot be resubmitted, and there may only be one entry per form. All entries must arrive no later than 9 a.m. on September 26 and judging will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. First, second and third place monetary awards will be given.

For more details on the Sweet Potato Jamboree, contact Larry Russell, farm manager, at (662) 741-3375 or[email protected]. To obtain an entry form for the Sweet Potato Bake-Off Contest, please contact Leslie Walker, support staff, at (601) 877-6127 or [email protected].

  • Alcorn Extension Logo - Empowering People PMS.jpg