NCAT Sustainable Ag Specialist Felicia Bell taught the ABC’s of organic farming at a presentation before an enthusiastic crowd at the Alcorn State University Small Farmers Conference in Jackson, MS, recently.
Titled “The ABC’s of Organic Gardening,” Bell spoke Tuesday, March 25, before more than 50 people at the Vegetable Production and Marketing segment at the Farmers Market on High Street. She outlined the basics of organics, starting with the importance of soil preparation and continuing to more complex and advanced topics, such as types of fertilizer and pest control.
Bell knows the topic well. Her family farm was one of the first in Mississippi to be USDA certified organic.
About 350 people attended the full conference held at the Jackson Convention Complex. Topics were broken down into segments, including Bell’s, along with Livestock Husbandry, Women in Business, Asset Building, and other issues.
This is the 23rd year of the conference, hosted by Alcorn and The Mississippi Association of Cooperatives. The theme was “Using Smarter Innovations to Strengthen Agriculture,” and celebrated the 100th year of the Smith-Lever Act which established the Cooperative Extension Service.
In addition to Bell, other members of the Gulf States office were in attendance, operating a booth, handing out NCAT/ATTRA publications, speaking with farmers, faculty and extension personnel, and attending workshops.
The conference was a homecoming of sorts for Gulf States Regional Director Rockiell Woods who previously worked as an Alcorn extension agent in the Mississippi Delta.
The NCAT Gulf States office is eager to fill the mission of providing sustainable agriculture information and expertise. Farmers and ranchers in the region – Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida – are invited to call our toll-free number (866) 643-2767 for more information.