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Small Farm Seminars

The Small Farm Program at NIFA hosts a series of informal presentation on a wide range of issues relevant to small scale producers, both in the U.S. and worldwide.

June 6, 2007

Enhancing Opportunities for Small Farmers and Ranchers. Denis Ebodaghe, national program leader for Small Farms, NIFA, described key resources available to help small scale producers. The presentation provided a comprehensive overview of the role and assistance provided to clients by federal, land-grant, and non-governmental agencies and organzations.

February 28, 2007

Access to New Markets. Rudy Arredondo, National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, outlined the importance of marketing and develeloping market outlets for small scale producers, and outlined the services provided by the Association.

Small Farm Opportunities and Challenges in Delaware. John Clendaniel, Delaware State University, discussed the factors affecting small scale production in the state, with an emphasis on new and ethnic crops.

September 27, 2006

Overview of Easement programs. Melvin Womack, USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), presented an overview of the portfolio of discretionary and mandatory easement programs managed by NRCS. Detailed information on several programs, including the Grassland Reserve program and the Farm and Ranchland Protection program.

Farm Serve Africa program. Dr. Frank Walson, North Carolina A&T State University, provided an overview of this joint program between North Carolina A&T State University Cooperative Extension, the United States Agency For International Development, and the Occupational Industrialization Center International. Dr. Walson coordinates the Farm Serve Africa program, assigning volunteer agriculturists to help raise productivity and promote entrepreneurship among West African farmers.

For more information on this program or to volunteer, contact Dr. Walson (Tel: 336-334-7734).


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