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									                            Federation of Southern Cooperatives/LAF
                                25th Annual Georgia Farmers Conference

                                           Hilton Garden Inn
                                         101 South Front Street
                                          Albany, GA 31701

                                      Friday February 8, 2008
                 Facilitators - Mr. Jessie Barnes, Farmer from Dougherty County
                                Mrs. Dianne Johnson, Farmer from Worth County

                       Theme: “Reaching New Heights in Farming”

8:00 AM         Registration

9:00 – 9:15     Devotion
                        Song                                                          FSC/LAF Singers
                        Prayer                                           Pastor Shirley Cody (SRBWI)
                                                                                     Ft Gaines, Georgia

                        Greetings          Shirley Sherrod
                                           Director of Federation/LAF Georgia Field Office

                        2007 Census        Heather Gray, Federation/LAF

 9:30 – 10:15   Production (Carrot/Broccoli/Egg Plant)                                 Dr. Terry Kelly
                                                                                  Vegetable Specialist
                                                                                 University of Georgia


10:15 – 11:00   Diseases (Carrot/Broccoli/Egg Plant                               Dr. David Langston
                                                                                      Plant Pathology
                                                                                 University of Georgia

11;00 - 11:45   Farm - To - School                                                  Glenn Holmes
                                                                     The New North Cooperatives Inc.

11:45 – 12:00   Marketing


12:00 – 12:15   Women, Infants & Children (WIC)                                     Doris Evan-Gates
                                                         State Farmer Market Nutrition P Coordinator


12:15 - 1:45                                    Lunch

                               Introduction of Guest Speaker- Ralph Paige
                                           Executive Director
                                             Guest Speakers


1:45 – 2:15     Longleaf Pine Ecosystems:                                               Amadou Diop
                Opportunities for Underserved Landowners          Southern Forest Restoration Manager
                in the Southeast Region                                               Atlanta Georgia
2:15 – 4:00                               What’s Available at USDA

              FSA - Program                                                        Clark Weaver
                                                                             Farm Program Chief

              FSA - Loans                                                           David Laster
                                                                                 Farm Loan Chief

              Forestry                                                               Larry Payne
                                                                                US Forest Service

              Risk Management                                               __________________
                                                                            Outreach Coordinator

              NRCS                                                                   David Lamm
                                                                     Georgia State Conservationist

              SARE                                                                      James Hill
                                                                      Office of Minority & Limited
                                                                       Resource Farmer Outreach

              Rural Development                                                    Godfrey Hinds

4:00 – 5:15   State Planning and Heirs Property                             Atty. Miessha Thomas
                                                                                        FSC/LAF
                 General Risk Management Issues                                     Anthony Reed

                 Consumer Credit Issues


 5:15         Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks                                           Shirley Sherrod
                                                                     Georgia Field Office Director



                              The Reception Will Start At 7:00 PM.
                                     In the Meeting Room
                 Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
                          25th Annual Georgia Farmers Conference
                                  Saturday February 9, 2008
                 Facilitators Jessie Barnes, Farmer from Dougherty County
                        Dianne Johnson, Farmer from Worth County

                            Theme: “Reaching New Heights in Farming”


 8:00            Registration

 9:00-9:30       Devotion                         Song                                   Unity Choir
                                                  Prayer                         Rev. Charles Sherrod

 9:30 - 10:00    Women In Agriculture                        Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative

10:00 - 10:15    Chemical Free Producer                                                   Samuel Lee

10:15 - 10:45    What’s happening with the Pigford Case?                                  Alva Waller
                                                                                     Monitor’s Office
10:45 - 11:15                                                                      Atty. Rose Sanders
                                                                         Chestnut, Sanders & Sanders

11:30 - 12:00    Congressional Updates                                   Congressman Sanford Bishop
                                                                         U.S. House of Representative


12:00 - 12:30    2008 Farm Bill                                                        Jerry Pennick
                                                                Director, Land Fund, Federation/LAF
                                                                                        John Zippert
                                                                   Program Director Federation/LAF

12:30 – 1:00    Aflatoxin –Public Health: Saving Lives                           Dr. Gerald F. Arkin
                                                                  Assistant Dean & Assistant Provost
                                                                               University of Georgia


1:00 – 2:30                                      Lunch

                                                 Speaker
                                         Attorney Hank Sanders
                                  Chestnut, Sanders & Sanders Law Firm

2:15                                                                                         Wrap-Up
                                                                                       Shirley Sherrod
                                                                          Georgia Field Office Director

								
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