Agricultural Leadership Development

Louisiana Small Farmer Conference - March 16-18, 2017

Agricultural leadership training programs targeting large, majority farmers have been offered since the early 1900s all across the United States. Thousands of farmers have benefited from participating in these courses, however, few references reveal the participation of small and minority producers.

Realizing that small and minority farmers' have common challenges, the 1890 System developed the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Training Institute. This two-year course of study guides small, limited-resource and minority farmers through the process of becoming more competitive agricultural entrepreneurs.

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The overriding goal of the Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Training Institute is to promote the sustainability of small family farms through enhanced business management skills and leadership development.The leadership institute has taken the majority of the participants from being just small producers through the mindset of being great producers with limited acreage, herds or holdings.

The SU Land-Grant Campus is collaborating with the Southern University Law Center, Alcorn State University - Small Farm Development Center, Prairie View A & M University - Cooperative Extension Program and North Carolina A & T State University - Cooperative Extension Program to bring the Institute to the farmers in various locations.

This project is supported by the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Competitive Grants Program of the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, USDA, Grant # 2005-01138.

For more information about Small Farmer Initiative contact Dawn Mellion-Patin, Ph.D., director, Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Training Institute at 225-771-3532.

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Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute Brochure - Learn more about the Leadership Institute.
Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute Overview- This two-year course of study, consists of training seminars, video lessons when necessary and appropriate, agricultural enterprise visits and farm study tours. The training seminars are designed as highly interactive, experiential learning workshops.



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