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FVSU holds 37th annual Farm Home and Ministers Conference

Published: 03/17/2014 8:49AM
By: booner


From left to right: Woodie Hughes, Jr., Fort Valley State University’s interim 4-H Program leader; Karla Martin, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1890 program liaison; Charlie Grace, FVSU’s Dougherty County Extension agent; Alfred Greenlee, farmer and Dr. Mark Latimore, Jr., FVSU’s interim dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology. Farmer Alfred Greenlee (second from right) received the Farm Family of the Year award at the 37th Annual Farm, Home and Ministers Conference on March 8.

Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program held the 37th annual Farm, Home and Ministers Conference on March 8. The conference took place in the C.W. Pettigrew Center and attracted more than 220 participants.

The purpose of the conference is to provide residents of Fort Valley and the surrounding area with information that can help to improve agricultural practices, housing and community and faith based organizations. During the conference, participants attended breakout sessions on topics such as the Affordable Care Act and starting a farm or home business.

In addition, Extension employees presented awards for the Farm Family of the Year and the Community Humanitarian of the Year. Alfred Greenlee, a native of Dougherty County who owns Green Oak Farms, was honored with the Farm Family of the Year Award. Al Sanders, an evangelist who operates the Feed Center Outreach Ministries was honored as the Community Humanitarian of the Year.

Woodie Hughes, Jr., FVSU’s interim 4-H program leader, said the conference continues to serve as an educational tool for the community. “This conference reminded us of the invaluable purpose of our professional and moral obligation to the assistance of others for the betterment of humanity,” Hughes said. Hughes and Karla Martin, FVSU’s U.S. Department of Agriculture 1890 program liaison, served as co-planners for the conference.