The Alcorn State University Extension Program serves as a premiere “Center for Excellence” for small farmers, ranchers and limited-resource audiences. With three locations serving 15, southwest Mississippi counties, the Extension Program is poised to educate and empower citizens throughout the state during times of dynamic change.
Through life-long learning strategies, the Extension Program serves as a proactive, responsive, and collaborative learning organization, committed to the growth and development of its targeted clientele. Extension personnel work to improve agricultural related processes, as well as to strengthen families and communities through the dissemination and application of research-generated knowledge. Leadership techniques, collaborative learning, and organizational strategies are also at the core of the Extension Program’s work.
For more information about the Program, its entities, or its personnel, contact the Extension Office at 601.877.6128.
In 1971, when Alcorn State University first began operating under Public Law 89-106, the University operated extension programs in five counties: Copiah, Lincoln, Claiborne, Jefferson, and Pike. Ten additional counties: Scott, Smith, Simpson, Hinds, Warren, Lawrence, Adams, Wilkinson, Amite, and Walthall were added in 1972.
Formula funds were first made available to operate the Cooperative Extension Program in October of 1971; however, outreach activities at Alcorn State University pre-dated the establishment by nearly 50 years. Extension Programs were developed under the Smith-Lever Act by Alcorn State University and other 1890 Institutions as early as 1921. The 1862 Institution (Mississippi State University) provided supervision and overall administration of the program. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 made no provisions for the sharing of federal funds with 1890 Institutions. Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) was revamped in 2002.
The basic purpose of the Cooperative Extension system is to improve American agriculture and strengthen the nation’s families and communities through dissemination and application of research-generated knowledge and leadership techniques, collaborative learning organization committed to the growth and development.
The Alcorn State University Extension Program is a premier “Extension Center of Excellence” for limited-resource audiences which is a proactive, responsive, and collaborative learning organization committed to the growth and development of people through life-long learning.
To improve the quality of life of limited-resource audiences through education in a time of dynamic change.
The Alcorn State University Extension/Research Farm & Technology Transfer Center was established in the Spring of 1995 with forty-five (45) acres of land leased from North Bolivar County Development Corporation. The Center is proud to be the first off-campus agricultural educational outreach center in Alcorn state University Extension Program’ history devoted to Extension and Research demonstrations. The Extension/Research Farm & Technology Transfer Center is located in Mound Bayou (Bolivar County), Mississippi, and is a low-income rural area the heart of the Mississippi Delta.
This area is where traditional agriculture and off-farm employment do not present a solution to the poverty of many families attempting to make a living from the operation of small family farms. Furthermore, Alcorn State University-Extension Program (ASUEP) has placed special emphasis on the production of sweet potatoes in the area. Hence, research and demonstration previously geared towards sweet potato production and marketing are conducted at the center with participation with scientists from Alcorn State University, Mississippi State University, USDA/ARS research station at Stoneville, Mississippi and local farmers.
Additionally, the outreach center has expanded its focus to emphasize a variety of viable alternative agriculture enterprise solutions using crop rotation demonstration of various types of horticultural crops as well ornamental products.
The center’s purpose is to educate farmers on sustainable horticulture crops emphasizing:
• Soil and crop management, emphasizing cultural operations and efficiency of fertilizer use • Cropping systems for crop intensification and for farm management
• Pest control and management
• Improved cultivars adapted to the specific environment of farm and farmers
• Value added processing, Post harvest handling and marketing strategies
Sustainable Horticulture Production System Planned Program
The planned program goals will be achieved through:
• Research and demonstrations efforts
• Spring/Fall field days
• Implementation of Train the Trainer education programs for farmers
• Implementation of workshops and seminars for farmers
• One-on- one Technical Assistance
Larry Russell - Field Coordinator
JOHN COLEMAN – INTERIM FARM MANAGER
LARRY ALEXANDER – PROGRAM ASSISTANT
WHITNEY BROWN – TEMPORARY ASSISTANT
Vegetable Processing Center
Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) working closely with (the Quitman County Board of Supervisors, North Delta Mississippi Enterprise Community), the North Delta Produce Growers and Association Mississippi Association of Cooperative has established a fresh vegetable processing facility in Marks (Quitman County), Mississippi, which is the center of the North Delta Mississippi Enterprise Community. Under this agreement, Alcorn State University’s Cooperative Extension Program has provided the leadership in the establishment of a facility.
The Cooperative Extension Program will also work closely with the North Delta Produce Growers Association into other areas to include farmers in all of the targeted counties in the North Delta Mississippi Enterprises Community, which is a federal rural designation. This facility will serve as a value-added processing, assembly-line and temporary storage facility for fresh vegetable that are either ready for immediate consumption or prepared for additional processing.
This facility will be used to assist farmers in vegetable production practices through demonstrations, workshops and seminars. The facility will also be used to educate farmers on sanitation, post harvest handling techniques and also help to expand marketing opportunities for present and prospective vegetable farmers in the North Delta.
The purpose of the center is to establish a vegetable processing and packing facility that will allow small farmers in the North Delta area to produce commercial vegetables in order to diversify their farm operation and to improve their marketing potentials.
The potential vegetable market outlets include the casinos, state institutions and wholesale/retail produce clients in Memphis, Chicago, St. Louis and other produce outlets within 300 to 500 miles of Marks, Mississippi.
Sustainable Horticulture Systems Planned Program
The knowledge area of the planned program if as follows:
• Food technologies - Educational workshops seminars and demonstrations activities conducted at the Mark processing facility to:
• Establish a value-added processing, assembly and temporary storage facility for fresh
vegetables that is either ready for immediate consumption or prepared for additional processing.
• Conduct an on-going training program for members of the cooperative engaged in the commercial vegetable production program.
• Introduce small farmers to the latest technology available in alternative agricultural enterprise.
ASUEP STAFF MEMBERS:
TERRANCE EMERSON-PROGRAM ASSISTANT
PERCY BALDWIN-FACILITY MANAGER
Small Farm Incubator Center
The Small Farm Incubator Center is located in Preston, Mississippi. The Center has established in 1997 as a permanent teaching laboratory and educational training site for small and/or limited- resource farmers in surrounding counties who are wishing to farm but have limited farming experience.
The Center provides an opportunity for small farmers that are interested in the production of horticultural crops, livestock production (i.e. pasture poultry) and agro forestry to acquire hands-on training under the guidance of a horticulture or animal science specialist.
The purpose of the Center is to increase the number and success of limited-resource individual interested in becoming farmers, but who do not have land, and provide an opportunity to move them to an inventory farm.
Individuals selected to engage in the incubator program are required to participate in a comprehensive training program. The extent of the training will be based upon individuals’ past farming experiences. Selected farmers will be assigned an economic tract of land up to 3 acres of land based upon his/her labor and the personal interest, rent-free, for an extended period of time.
The program’s personnel work closely with each individual farmer in developing his/her production and marketing plan. The Center provides the farming equipment but the farmers are responsible for all their production supplies and implementing production practices under the supervision of the Center’s staff. During their training period, they will be evaluated annually. At the end of the three -or -five -year period, successful farmers will be given an opportunity to purchase a farm at a reasonable price.
The ultimate goals of the Small Farm Incubator Program are:
• To provide training to individuals who want to farm, but have limited or no experience in farming.
SUSTAINABLE HORTICULTURE SYSTEM PLANNED PROGRAM:
Research findings translated from various knowledge areas identified in the Joint Extension and Research Plan- of- Work will be demonstrated at the Small Incubator Center. The knowledge area of the planned program is as follows:
• Conduct educational session for small farmers on post- harvest handling and sanitation of horticultural crops, soil, plant, water and nutrient relationships, plant management systems, and weeds affecting plants.
• Provide training on marketing techniques/outlets.
ASUEP Staff Members
Leroy Hickman – Assistant Farm Manager
Charles Hickman - Program Assistant
John Hickman - Temporary Assistant
Welcome to the home page for ASU/ Extension Information Management Services, the computer training and support unit of Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) and Outreach centers.
The resources on this web page are designed to assist faculty and staff of ASU Extension Program in the effective and secure use of information technology. We hope that the information you find on this page is useful to you, and invite your comments or questions.
ASU Extension Information Management Services provides Information Technology related services to the faculty and staff of ASUEP. Among them are the support provided to the county Extension offices and Outreach centers. The services include computer systems administration, computer training, web based application development, database development and networking, email, Plan –of- Work, Annual Accountability system and website administration support.
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES
- Diagnosing Hardware and Software Problems
- Telephone Technical Support
- One-On-One Problem Solving
Basic computer training is available for all ASUEP staff members. We have designed various computer training modules for different skill levels.
ASU Extension & Research Complex
Program Development is a vital aspect of the programming process for the Alcorn State University Extension Program ( ASUEP) to develop and design educational curriculum, activities and event for limited -resource audiences. The program development team will coordinate the development and pilot testing of educational programs (curriculum), events and activities of ASUEP to address high priority issues of limited resources audiences.
The team will, also, develop the criteria for the curriculum review process to enhance the quality of educational material developed by the staff of ASUEP. Upon the review of programs (curriculum), activities and events, the team will utilize the expertise of both internal and external reviewers from program areas to review educational curriculum, events and activities designated to address high priority issues of target audiences.
The Program Development Team is, also, responsible for conducting programs reviews across counties in respective targeted regions to determine the effectiveness; identify programs gaps, events and activities that should be eliminated based on program priority relevant to the needs of targeted audiences and do not align with the Plan- of -Work (POW).
The objectives of the Program Development Team are to:
- Review content outlines and teaching methods and strategies for the development of content of educational programs, events and activities to address prioritized issues of targeted limited- resource audiences.
- Review of appropriate delivery strategies to enhance the implementation of educational programs, events and activities to effectively address relevant issues of targeted audiences.
- Review relevant program content in program areas to address high priority issues of targeted audiences in selected counties.
- Work collaborative with the assistant administrator’s office and Media and Communication Unit to facilitate the development of final publications (brochures, events and activities).
Program Development is a vital aspect of the programming process for the ASUEP to develop and design educational curriculum, activities and event for limited resource audiences. The program development team will coordinates the development and pilot testing of educational programs (curriculum), events and activities of ASUEP to address high priority issues of limited -resources audiences.
The team will, also, develop the criteria for the curriculum review process to enhance the quality of educational material developed by the staff of ASUEP. Review of programs (curriculum), activities and events the team will utilize the expertise of both internal and external reviewers from program areas to review educational curriculum, events and activities designated to address high priority issues of target audiences.
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Thelma C. Barnes, EdD
Program Evaluation Specialist
Alcorn State University Extension Program
1000 ASU Drive #479
Alcorn State, MS 39096
(601) 877-6571 (office)
The ultimate goal of the Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) support staff is to provide professional assistance to the organization with excellence. Although support staff is assigned to more than one individual, they are committed to the effective delivery of services by making vital contributions to every unit within the organization.