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The Upper Ocmulgee River RC&D Council, Inc., in partnership with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, will host a conference for multicultural farmers and producers. The theme of this conference is 'myconservationPad' playing on the popular concept of gathering information through the use of 'Apps' on a computer tablet. Attendees will receive a pad folio where they will insert individualized material, gathered from conference training sessions, to begin building a successful conservation plan for their farms. Topics include:

  • Application and Eligibility for USDA Farm Bill Programs

  • Developing a Farm Business Plan and Seeking Technical and Financial Assistance

  • Your Soils and Plants

  • Developing Conservation Plans and Risk Management

  • Best Management Practices (BMPs)

  • Engineering Designs for Your Farm and Emerging Agriculture and Conservation Practices.

Featured speakers are:

  • Dr. George E. Boyhan, Extension Vegetable Specialist, University of Georgia

  • Dr. James E. Brown, Professor of Horticulture, Fort Valley State University

  • Pilar Quintero, Owner/Operator of Rancho Alegre Farm (Dacula, GA)

Beginning, growing, established, ethnic, cultural minority farmers and anyone interested in learning more about USDA Farm Bill programs and local resources are welcome to attend.

Registration fee is $20 (cover lunch and materials). Register at http://tiny.cc/fh0kpw. For more information, call 678/376-9518 or 770/963-9288.


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