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In-service training provides information about organic farming

Published: 09/30/16 9:58AM
By: booner

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Dr. James E. Brown (third from right), FVSU interim program leader for agriculture and natural resources, discusses organic farming during the Sustainable and Organic Methods in Small Scale Production in Food Crops In-Service Training Sept. 22.

The Cooperative Extension Program at Fort Valley State University conducted its annual Sustainable Organics Methods in Small Scale Production of Food Crops-In Service Training Sept. 22.

More than 50 people consisting of county agents, small farmers, beginning farmers as well as FVSU faculty and staff packed into the Agricultural Technology Conference Center (ATCC) located on FVSU’s new farm near campus. Attendees listened to numerous presentations covering subjects such as trapping wild hogs, gardening, aquaculture and solar energy.

Dr. James E. Brown, FVSU interim program leader for agriculture and natural resources (ANR) and professor of horticulture, organized the event. Brown said the purpose of the in-service training is to expose attendees to practical organic farming methods.

“The presenters were people who are actually involved in the practical application of growing crops and raising animals,” Brown said. The FVSU horticulture instructor added that beginner farmers who are interested in plants and animals could gain valuable information from participants experiencing real-life farming situations.

Sheila Armstrong, a retired Houston County educator, said she is very pleased with the information shared during the in-service training. Armstrong is a beginning farmer running a one-person operation. She said she picked up a wealth of information about plants, animals and FVSU’s 4-H Program.

Armstrong said she would highly recommend the event to anyone seeking information about farming. “They (presenters) emphasized more than once that no question was a bad question. You can get all the information that you needed or contact a resource to help you at home or in your business with any type of agricultural need that you have,” Armstrong said.

FVSU’s Cooperative Extension Program, Southern SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sponsored the training.

For more information about future in-service trainings, contact Brown at (478) 827-3118 or e-mail brownj01@fvsu.edu.