Alcorn State holds Annual Ag Field Day

“Diversity and Sustainable Agriculture: Providing Access and Enhancing Opportunities,” was the theme of this year’s annual Alcorn State University Agricultural, Research and Extension Field Day held August 25.

Demonstrations and exhibits included topics on high value alternative crops production, enhancing sweet potato yield and quality, fresh produce production in high tunnel, agroforestry, food safety, sustainable melon and vegetable productions, integrated pest management in vegetable crops, and animal and mushroom productions.

According to Dr. Patrick Igbokwe, professor of horticulture, director of Experiment Station and field day chair, as a land-grant University, the annual Ag Field Day is one of the essential events which allows the School of AREAS to share information with farmers, ranchers, and the community.

“It is an event that enables Alcorn State scientists, faculty, staff and students to share their agriculture research findings with stakeholders in an effort to enhance their agriculture productivity and quality of life,” said Igbokwe.

“The annual field day was a great success. It allowed our faculty and staff an opportunity to showcase some of the great work that they have been doing,” said Dr. Andra D. Johnson, assistant director of research. “In addition, it offered our stakeholders a great opportunity to engage with our scientists and specialists and gain valuable resources and information to increase crop diversity and ultimately farm sustainability.”

For more information on current research projects, contact Dr. Andra D. Johnson at 601-877-6528 or [email protected].