Free sessions about farming, health, wellness and technology are available to the public Thursday, March 29, during Fort Valley State University's 41st Farm, Home and Ministers Conference.
From 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., breakout sessions will be held in the C.W. Pettigrew Farm and Community Life Center located on FVSU’s campus.
Breakout session topics include Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease, Focusing on Youth, Parents and Mentoring for 4-H in 2018, Capturing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Programs, the 2018 Farm Bill and Solar Drying Technology for Specialty Crops.
Another topic on the agenda is the Effects of Opioids, Sex Trafficking, and Incarceration in Georgia. Sharon Ricks, regional health administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will conduct the session.
“Every day, more than a hundred Americans die of an opioid overdose, hundreds of children are lured into the commercial sex trade and thousands of families are impacted by incarceration,” Ricks said. She said the goal of her presentation is to share some essential action steps and crucial information necessary to protect children, strengthen families and empower communities.
Representatives from agencies such as the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program and the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Program are also scheduled to share presentations.
In addition to breakout sessions, participants can attend a luncheon and hear remarks from keynote speaker, Rev. Fer-Rell M. Malone Sr., president and CEO of FRESH Communities.
Lastly, winners of the 2018 Farm Family of the Year Award, Family and Consumer Sciences Family of the Year Award and 4-H Family of the Year Award will be announced, along with a presentation of a scholarship from the Future Farmers of America (FFA).