(From left to right) Dr. Mark Latimore, Fort Valley State University’s (interim) assistant vice president for land grant affairs and extension administrator Georgia State Sen. Ross Tolleson of Perry; Lillie Battle, Georgia Power Company area sales executive; Bryan McElvany, Bleckley County extension coordinator; Neal Leonard, public affairs outreach coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency; and James Hill, director of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) program at FVSU.
Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program and Georgia Power teamed up to assist farmers in Cochran on Nov. 19 by sponsoring a Farmer’s Lunch and Learn Conference. The event, held at the Bleckley County Extension Building, attracted approximately 60 people consisting of farmers and Georgia Power employees. The crowd was informed about federal and state agricultural programs, Georgia Power’s Outage Notification Programs and the benefits of electronic irrigation. Dr. Mark Latimore, FVSU’s (interim) assistant for land grant affairs and James Hill, director of the Southern SARE program at FVSU, served as guest speakers at the affair. Terrence Wolfork, FVSU’s assistant administrator for communication, conferencing and technology, provided farmers in attendance a presentation about using programs such as QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel to help keep track of financial records.