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February 12, 2009

Registration open for Small Farms Conference

Enough food crises have occurred in the past 10 years for even the most casual grower to be on point about how food is produced and harvested. With each report of bad meat, tainted spinach or suspect
tomatoes, comes a renewed focus on how food gets from the field to the table, and it is that journey that frames the thrust for the
23rd Annual Small Farms week.

“Farm to Fork” is the theme of this year’s Small Farms Week, set for March 22 to 28 and sponsored by The Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T. The experts who will work with farmers during the Small
Farms Week activities include food, nutrition and farm experts from Cooperative Extension as well as faculty with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Both departments are part of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at A&T.

Presenters will discuss ways farmers can improve their farming and handling practices with a safer food supply as the goal, and the potential to attract more business as further incentive. Dr. M.
Ray McKinnie, administrator of The Cooperative Extension Program, says farmers who adapt to standards for how produce is developed in the
field and to what happens to it after it’s harvested, can likely expand their market.

For more information on the conference, and to register, visit the site: www.ag.ncat.edu/onthemove/OTM02-09.pdf.

Posted by Natalie at February 12, 2009 03:46 PM