Beginning Farmer Workshop
Thursday, August 29, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. at the Green County Vo-Tech Center located at 173 Vo-Tech Rd in Leakesville, MS 39451.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology is partnering with the Southeast Mississippi Co-op to host a free beginning farmer workshop; this workshop will include such topics as livestock and vegetable production, specialty crops, market gardening, and business management. Anyone interested in starting a farm or expanding a personal garden to sell crops is invited to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to help revive the economy and the community, according to Dewayne Smith, president of the Co-op. For more information, contact Smith at 601-394-8763 or call the NCAT Gulf States Office in Jackson, MS at (866) 643-2767.
Agripreneurship Series: Working with the USDA
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the MS State University Multipurpose Center located at 962 Sullivan Rd in Hattiesburg, MS.
Alcorn State University is partnering with North-South Institute, Inc. to bring you a workshop to learn first-hand how USDA’s programs can benefit you and your farm. Space is limited, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 601-443-1539. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
GAP/GHP Cost-Share Program Available
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is currently offering a cost-share program to provide financial assistance to Mississippi fruit and vegetable farmers receiving Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) Certification. Eligible farmers will receive reimbursement for 75% of the certification costs up to a maximum of $500. To receive reimbursement, farmers must submit a completed application with proper documentation of costs incurred. Only audits completed by an approved USDA certifier will be eligible for reimbursement. A list of auditor contacts is available at www.ams.usda.gov/gapghp. Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted. Funding for this program is provided through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. For more information about this program or to obtain an application, visit www.mdac.ms.gov, call Michael Lasseter at (601) 359-1120 or email michaelL@mdac.ms.gov.
Mississippi Agritourism Annual Conference
The 2013 Mississippi Agritourism Annual Conference will be held November 14-15 at the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia, MS. More details to come.
Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Annual Conference
|The Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association is pleased to announce that the annual Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow will be held November 13-15, 2013 at Pearl River Resort, Silver Star Conference Center in Choctaw, MS. This three-day event will feature a trade show, three tracks of educational presentations, as well as an area farm tour to round out the events. Activities kick-off Wednesday the 15th with 18 holes at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club with members, vendors, and other conference participants. Over twenty-five sessions on Thursday and Friday will cover general production, agritourism, and sustainable practices in farming. On Thursday evening, conference attendees will enjoy a complimentary Magnolia Fresh Farm-to-Plate hour including drinks and hor d’oeuvres prepared from food provided by our very own Mississippi growers! Friday afternoon, the conference will culminate with a tour of the newly established Choctaw high-tunnel production farm.
Additional information about the conference and registration can be found at www.msfruitandveg.com.