Author Archives: Nina Prater

Welcome, Liz!

Liz Broussard has joined NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office as the Food Justice Coordinator.  img_8833Liz is a new NCAT staff member, but a familiar face in NCAT’s Jackson office.  She served as a FoodCorps member in Connecticut for one year before becoming the FoodCorps Fellow
in Jackson for two years.  Welcome back to Liz!

Originally from New Hampshire, Liz went to Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  Liz knew Iowa was a corn-producing state, but before she arrived she pictured it as a fresh, corn-on-the-cob-producing state.  When she got there she realized it was actually commodity corn being grown, the kind of corn that either becomes livestock feed, ethanol, or requires significant processing before being consumed by humans.  This new perspective led her to pursue a degree in environmental science, and she learned of the many ways sustainable agricultural practices can improve the environment both on the farm and in the broader landscape.

This understanding led her to FoodCorps, and subsequently to NCAT, where she is now coordinating a large, multifaceted project to help improve access to healthy, culturally appropriate food for historically disadvantaged communities throughout Mississippi.  NCAT is partnering with Asian Americans for Change, FoodCorps National, Mileston Cooperative Association, Mississippi Farm to School Network, and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.  Liz is tasked with coordinating the efforts of all these groups in order to forward the cause of food justice in Mississippi.  This project is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and we are glad to have Liz aboard to lead the way.

Inspiring Future STEM Leaders

Inspiring Future STEM Leaders

Gulf States Regional Office Director Rockiell Woods spent the day with elementary school students at the 4-H National Youth Science Day on October 5th at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The theme this year was “Drone Discovery” Engineering Design Challenge.  This annual event is designed to “spark an early youth interest and leadership” in topics… Continue Reading

“Down-to-Earth” Workshop Held for Sheep and Goat Producers

“I belong to the Mississippi Goat Association and I go to a lot of these things, too, but this is the most down-to-earth, informative workshop that I have ever seen.” That was the response of one farmer who attended the Risk Management for Small Ruminant Operations workshop, hosted by NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office in… Continue Reading

Talking Whole-Farm Risk Management

Talking Whole-Farm Risk Management

NCAT’s Gulf States Regional Office Director Rock Woods and Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Felicia Bell have had the opportunity to discuss an important but often overlooked aspect of agriculture with farmers throughout the south this spring and summer: risk management. While not as flashy a topic as the latest and greatest seed variety or tractor model,… Continue Reading

Gulf States Office is Growing!

NCAT’s Gulf States office welcomes a new member to the team! Nina Prater joined NCAT on May 16th, 2016, and will be assisting the Gulf States team from her location in Fayetteville, AR. Nina has a background in soil science, and has experience helping farmers meet their conservation goals as a former employee of her… Continue Reading