December 7 - 9, 2014
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Tuskegee, AL  36088 
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Tuesday, December 9 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Session 34: Innovative Agricultural Programs

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  • Keishon Thomas & Billy Brown, Fort Valley State University

Go Green!

Description:    Housing consumes more than one-fifth of U.S. energy. Low income families can spend over 15% of their income on energy to operate their homes. Simple energy efficiency improvements can cut energy costs by over 40% in most affordable housing.   To continuously address the energy concerns of the rural disadvantaged and low-to-moderate income audiences, the FVSU Cooperative Extension Program in collaboration with federal and state agencies developed the “Georgia Residential Energy Efficiency Network” (GREEN) Project.   Participants  will gain knowledge about current energy efficiency and conservation practices including energy audits, appliances and lighting; (2) discover ways to implement upgrades in the home; and (3) learn more about the GREEN Project and the services provided.


  • Nelson Daniels, B. Jackson, & Marcus Glenn, Prairie View A & M University

Developing Urban Farmers:  Addressing Food Security Issues in Underserved Communities

Description:  Addressing the needs of individuals in Urban Food Deserts can be a challenge.  However, this is a challenge that Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) has taken on through its Cooperative Extension Program.  Numerous communities in the greater Houston, Texas area can be classified as food deserts.  Working with other grass roots organizations, PVAMU has been successfully addressing this issue by turning backyard enthusiasts into true “Urban Farmers” which can help to alleviate some of the problems associated with food insecurity.  By working with the Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance, PVAMU has assisted with the Palm Center Community Garden located on Houston’s South Side.  


Larry Holmes

USDA-NRCS (Retired)


Nelson Daniels

Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program
Prairie View A&M University

Keishon Thomas

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley State University

Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm CST
Meeting Rooms F&G

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