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December 7 - 9, 2014
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Tuskegee, AL  36088 
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Sunday, December 7
 

9:00am

11:00am

Exhibit Setup
Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 4:00pm
Kellogg Center Foyer & Atrium 1 Booker T. Washington Blvd., Tuskegee, AL 36088

11:00am

PAWC Conference Registration
Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 4:00pm
Conference Registration Desk 1 BTW Boulevard, Tuskegee, AL 36088

11:00am

12:00pm

Tomorrow's Agricultural Professional Symposium Student Professional Development Workshops
  • Making the Sale: Gateway to Corporate America
  • Networking: Your Network is Your Net Worth
  • Elevator Speech – How to Sell Yourself

Presenter:  Shayla Spann


Mastering the Behavioral Interview

Presenter: Tanya Waterhouse & Tim Kozitza,  Nationwide

  • Career Panel
    • Dr. Kamilah Grant 

 

  • Pathways to Government Employment Opportunities

       Presenter, Lawanda Gamble, USDA-APHIS-VS 



Speakers
LG

LaWanda Gamble

USDA-AOHIS-VS
USDA-AOHIS-VS
TK

Tim Kozitza

Nationwide
Nationwide
TW

Tanya Waterhouse

Nationwide
Nationwide


Sunday December 7, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Ballroom C

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

3:00pm

4:00pm

Professional Poster Setup
Sunday December 7, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Auditorium Atrium

4:30pm

5:30pm

8:30pm

President's Reception
Sunday December 7, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Ballroom 1 BTW Boulevard, Tuskegee, AL 36088
 
Monday, December 8
 

7:00am

Breakfast Buffet
Monday December 8, 2014 7:00am - 7:45am
Ballroom 1 BTW Boulevard, Tuskegee, AL 36088

7:00am

PAWC Conference Registration
Monday December 8, 2014 7:00am - 5:00pm
Conference Registration Desk 1 BTW Boulevard, Tuskegee, AL 36088

7:45am

Opening Plenary Session

Dr. George Washington Carver  150th Birthday Celebration:

  • Special Presentation by Senator Beasley, Alabama State Senate
  • Observance of the 125th Anniversary of the signing of the 2nd Morrill Act
  • Special Performance by TAPS & PAWC Advisory Board
  • Performance by Emari Blue, Union Springs, AL

Stretch Break- 5 minutes


USDA Strikeforce for Growth and Opportunities- The Auditorium

Daniel Robinson, USDA  Farm Service Agency 


Moderators
JL

John L. Williams

USDA-APHIS (Ret) and PAWC Advisory Board Chair

Speakers
AK

Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

President, The World Food Prize
Dr. Kenneth M. Quinn, former U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, assumed the leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation on January 1, 2000, following his retirement from the State Department after a 32 year career in the Foreign Service.    THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE is the foremost international award recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who... Read More →


Monday December 8, 2014 7:45am - 9:30am
Auditorium

9:30am

Stretch Break
Monday December 8, 2014 9:30am - 9:45am
Atrium

9:45am

Session 2: Dr. George Washington Carver Lives On: Changing the World in Uncommon Ways
Moderators
ZW

Zelia Wiley

Kansas State University
Kansas State University

Speakers
JA

Jon Adkins

Elements 4 Nature
FT

Frederick Tippett

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Meeting Room B

9:45am

Session 3: Can Biotechnology Help Farmers in America and Africa?


Channaptna Prakash, Tuskegee University
Can agricultural biotechnology play a role towards food security?

Susan Lamont, Iowa State University
Chicken Little? Chicken Big? Biotechnology to Breed Better Birds

Wylin Wilson, Tuskegee University, Norbert Wilson, Auburn University & Edward Mabaya, Cornell International Institutefor Food, Agriculture and Development
USPHS Syphillis Study and the GMO debate in Africa: A Comparative Analysis 


Moderators
CS

Channapatna S. Prakash

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University

Speakers
SL

Susan Lamont

Iowa State University
Iowa State University


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Meeting Rooms D&E

9:45am

Session 4: Preparing the Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders - Part 1
  • Ashley Warfield, University of Illinois  

Trends in National Career Development

  • Renita Marshall, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

JAGS in AG: Recruitment, Exploration & Retention

  • Ralph Noble, North Carolina A & T State University

Model for Enrollment Growth in the Agricultural and Animal Sciences at a 1890: Approaching a Decade of Growth



Moderators
TC

Theressa Cooper

Iowa State University
Iowa State University

Speakers
RM

Renita Marshall

Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center
RN

Ralph Noble

Chair, Department of Animal Sciences, North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University
AW

Ashley Warfield

University of Illinois
University of Illinois


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Meeting Rooms F&G

9:45am

Session 5: Build Your Brand, Pursue Your Passions, Package Your Genius

Social media has increasingly leveled the playing field when it comes to creating awareness for yourself, your business or your community projects. But are you getting the most out of these powerful online tools? Do you know how to use social media strategically in order to get the word about your projects and connect with your constituents?

 

In this information-packed presentation, personal branding and PR expert Amanda Miller Littlejohn will share tips, tricks and strategies to help you how effectively build your brand.  She'll show you how to leverage inexpensive web and social media tools so that you can create opportunities for exposure, awareness and commerce.

 

You will learn:

  • The power of social media and how you can use it to connect with people in your community and around the world
  • How to determine which social media platforms you should invest your time in, and how you should approach each one
  • The elements of a dynamic social media presence - content, messaging and visual branding
  • Leveraging the web and your social media presence to garner MORE exposure through media interviews, speaking opportunities and conference invitations
  • Follow up strategies that will transform followers and fans into contracts and customers

Moderators
CB

Catherine Barnett

Project Enterprise
Project Enterprise

Speakers
AM

Amanda Miller Littlejohn

Personal Branding Coach, AML Consulting and Mopwater Social PR


Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Auditorium

9:45am

Session 1: Tomorrow's Agricultural Professional Symposium - Closed Session
Moderators
YA

Yvonne Allen

Tuskegee University
RB

Rhonda Benton

Rhema Ranch
Rhema Ranch
MB

Millicent Braxton

Tuskegee University
JC

Jermelle Custer

Tuskegee University

Monday December 8, 2014 9:45am - 10:45am
Meeting Room A

10:45am

11:00am

Session 6: Education and Research for Producers and Animal Scientists
  • Andra Johnson and C. Butler, Southern University and A&M College

Assessing Small and Medium-Sized Farmers’ Willingness to Produce Alternative Biofuel Feedstocks

 

  • Uma Karki, Tuskegee University

Educational Materials and Programs on Sustainable Livestock  Production

 

  • Sam Aceil, Alcorn State University 

Study of (NORM) Radionuclides in Farm Raised Catfish in the State of Mississippi (MS)

 

  • Jannette Bartlett, N. Tackie, M. Jahan & A. Adu-Gyamfi, Tuskegee University

Economic and Marketing Characteristics and Practices of Alabama Small Livestock Producers

 

  • Crystal Serrano, Kansas State University

The Molecular Mechanisms of a Commercial Product on Fetal Piglet Growth and Development


Moderators
AJ

Alfred Jackson

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University

Speakers
SA

Sam Aceil

Alcorn State University
Alcorn State University
JB

Jannette Barlett

Tuskegee University
CB

C. Butler

Southern University and A&M College
Southern University and A&M College
AJ

Andra Johnson

Southern University and A&M College
Southern University and A&M College
UK

Uma Karki

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University
CS

Crystal Serrano

Kansas State University
Kansas State University


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A

11:00am

Session 7: Discussion on the 2014 Farm Bill
Moderators
DR

Daniel Robinson

USDA Farm Service Agency
USDA Farm Service Agency

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B

11:00am

Session 8: Socioeconomics & Sustainability of Forestlands
Moderators
WB

Wilhelmina Bratton

US Forest Service
US Forest Service

Speakers
MB

Mike Bowker

US Forest Service
US Forest Service
CJ

Cassandra Johnson

US Forest Service
US Forest Service
GR

Guy Robertson

US Forest Service
US Forest Service


Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Rooms D&E

11:00am

Session 9: Addressing Community Food Security Through Local Food Systems - Part I

Ensuring Equity in the Food System: Potential of Activist-Academic Collaborations

INFAS is a network of educators and researchers who are dedicated to food system sustainability and committed to supporting, learning from and partnering with communities. We recognize that our food system is profoundly inequitable and institutions of higher education hold power and privilege that can be used for good or harm. Equity in opportunity, food access and health outcomes is a non-negotiable foundational principle of a sustainable food system and a core value and commitment for us. In this workshop, we hope to share and engage participants in building a vision of a just food system that is supported by education and research


Moderators
SA

Shorlette Ammons

North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University

Monday December 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Rooms F&G

11:00am

12:15pm

L.A. Potts Luncheon and Success Story Recognitions
Moderators
WA

William A Hodge

Director of County Operations -Cooperative Extension, Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University

Monday December 8, 2014 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Ballroom 1 BTW Boulevard, Tuskegee, AL 36088

2:00pm

Session 11: Food, Nutrition and Health
Moderators
BM

Byungjin Min

Assistant Professor, Tuskegee University

Speakers
LK

Lila Karki

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University
BK

Bernice Karlton-Senaye

North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University
JS

Janana Snowden

Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center
LZ

Lila Zeenat

South Carolina State University
South Carolina State University


Monday December 8, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A

2:00pm

Session 12: Land Issues in the Rural South
  • Marc Thomas, Terrence Lewis & Kendra Mc Neal, Fort Valley State University

Family, Money, and Land…The Pretty Ugly Side Land Management and Estate Planning

 

Description:  In many cases small, minority landowners have not received any cost-share and/or technical assistance nor do they possess a clear title to the land. To assist with these concerns, the Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Cooperative Extension Program in collaboration with federal and state agencies developed the Landowner Initiative for Forestry Education Program (LIFE).  Estate planning can be expensive and a scary process without the proper tools to make enlightened decisions.  A primary objective of the LIFE project was to increase communications and outreach to minority and underserved forest landowners on current management and protection strategies as well as estate planning information.  Participants will (1) gain knowledge about current wildlife and estate planning practices; (2) discover ways to involve USDA agencies, family members and the legal community in the development of land management and estate plans; and (3) learn more about the LIFE program and the services provided.

 

  • Robert Zabawa and Ntam Baharanyi, Tuskegee University, Conner Bailey and Rebecca Barlow,Auburn University, Savi Horne, Landloss Prevention Project and Craig Baab, Alabama Appleseed

Securing The Land For Agricultural And Community Development: Addressing Heir Property As An Asset Building Strategy

 

Description: Heir property causes land loss among African American farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners and constrains wealth creation within African American communities of the South.  This project will compare four African American New Deal Resettlement Communities established to provide farmland, and four neighboring communities, to examine the impact of heir property on asset building, cultural continuity, and community development. The project will identify strategies to address heir property, use research findings to develop Extension and outreach publications and programs to serve heir property owners and communities, and establish a course taught jointly at Tuskegee and Auburn Universities.

 

  • Christina Hylton, Athens Land Trust

Land to Legacy: Sustain Your Farm & Your Legacy 


Moderators
Speakers
CH

Christina Hylton

Athens Land Trust
Athens Land Trust
MT

Marc Thomas

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley State University


Monday December 8, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room B

2:00pm

2:00pm

Session 14: NRCS Panel Discussion - Moving Outreach Forward in Conservation

Panelists: Ron Harris, Homer Wilkes, Terry Cosby, James Tillman, William Puckett, Russell Morgan, Leonard Jordan, Eddie Dear and Dewayne Goldman, USDA-NRCS


Moderators
RH

Ron Harris

USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service

Monday December 8, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Rooms F&G

2:00pm

Session 15: LA Potts Success Stories
Moderators
Monday December 8, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Auditorium

3:15pm

Session 16: Programs for Farmers, Business Owners & Community Based Organizations
  • Jodi Williams, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

USDA’s Small Business Innovation Research Competitive Grants Program Highlights and Overview

 

Description:  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites science-based small business firms to submit research applications to the “Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) .  This workshop will provide an overview of the USDA SBIR program, eligibility requirements, and some helpful hints to improve the probability of success for proposals submitted to the program.  The individuals at the workshop will also have an opportunity to actively engage with a National Program Leader who manages the Food Science and Nutrition priority area.

  • Samantha Schaffstall, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service

Strengthening Local Food Systems with USDA Support

Description:  This workshop will serve as an introduction to a wide range of grants, programs, resources and services available through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). AMS has a long history of working with small, mid-sized, and underserved farmers and ranchers and providing them with the technical and financial support needed to develop and strengthen their businesses. From grants that finance the creation of farmers markets to a cost-share program that assists farmers with getting organic certification to Market News reports, AMS has a multitude of services available to meet a variety of needs.

 

  • Venus Welch-White, USDA

Renewable Energy/ Rural energy for American Program (REAP)

 

Description:

The USDA recognizes that renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation programs provide opportunities for economic growth and prosperity in rural America. Additionally, energy conservation plays an important role in the production of food and other consumable products impacting the producer and market costs, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and resource conservation. The Rural Energy for America (REAP)provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in rural America to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits and renewable energy development assistance.


Moderators
KH

Kathryn Hill

USDA, Office of Communications
USDA, Office of Communications

Speakers
SS

Samantha Schaffstall

Management and Program Analyst, USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service , Marketing Services Division
VW

Venus Welch-White

United States Department of Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
JW

Jodi Williams

USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture


Monday December 8, 2014 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A

3:30pm

Stretch Break
Monday December 8, 2014 3:30pm - 3:40pm
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center 1 Booker T. Washington Blvd, Tuskegee, AL 36088

3:40pm

Session 17: Addressing Community Food Security Through Local Food Systems - Part II

 

  • Anne Randle, Tuskegee University

Changing Local Food Systems Through Community Gardens

  • Zaach Olorunnipa, Florida A & M University

Mitigating the Threats to Food Security in Africa

  • Wylin Wilson and Nduge Kitt, Tuskegee University

The Global Food System, Black Women and Justice: Difficult Past, Challenges Present and Future Possibilities


Moderators
MR

M. Ray McKinnie

North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University

Speakers
ZO

Zaach Olorunnipa

Florida A&M University
Florida A&M University
AR

Anne Randle

Extension Specialist, Tuskegee University
Anne Randle is an Extension Specialist at Tuskegee University with an emphasis on community gardening.
WW

Wylin Wilson

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University


Monday December 8, 2014 3:40pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Room B

3:40pm

Session 18: Veterans and Agro Healing
Moderators
RD

Rev. Dr. Edward Gabriele

Professor, Theologian and Ethicist

Speakers
ED

Edward Drew

Vet2Vet USA
Vet2Vet USA


Monday December 8, 2014 3:40pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Rooms D&E

3:40pm

Session 19: National AgriAbility Project

Agriculture is one of the most hazardous occupations in the world. As a result, many farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers have to live with some form of disability, either from accidental injury or work-related wear and tear on the body, not to mention the normal effects of aging. This workshop will look at AgrAbility’s role in addressing these issues in practical ways to enhance the quality of life for these agricultural workers with disabilities, enabling them to continue to live productive lives.


Moderators
CB

Carl Butler

USDA, Office of Civil Rights
USDA, Office of Civil Rights

Speakers
CB

Charles Baldwin

National AgriAbility Project
National AgriAbility Project


Monday December 8, 2014 3:40pm - 4:45pm
Meeting Rooms F&G

3:40pm

Session 20: Tomorrow's Agricultural Professional Symposium
Monday December 8, 2014 3:40pm - 4:45pm
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center 1 Booker T. Washington Blvd, Tuskegee, AL 36088

4:30pm

5:00pm

PAWC Elevator Pitch

The 72nd Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) Elevator Pitch Competition  will provide agricultural  entrepreneurs the opportunity to take their business to the next level. Business owners will have the opportunity to hone their presentation skills, build confidence and present their ideas in 2 minutes or less. The grand prize of this event will be $1,000, with second and third places who will also receive a prize!  Please come out and support our entrepreneurs!!!


Monday December 8, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Auditorium

6:30pm

 
Tuesday, December 9
 

7:00am

PAWC Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:00am - 8:00am
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center 1 Booker T. Washington Blvd, Tuskegee, AL 36088

7:15am

Continental Breakfast
Tuesday December 9, 2014 7:15am - 8:00am
Ballroom 1 BTW Boulevard, Tuskegee, AL 36088

8:00am

General Session: Veterans and Agriculture
"Ground Operations:  Battlefields to Farm Fields" by Dulanie Ellis

Speakers
MO

Michael O'Gorman

Farmer Veteran Coalition
Farmer Veteran Coalition


Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00am - 9:15am
Ballroom 1 BTW Boulevard, Tuskegee, AL 36088

9:15am

Stretch Break
Tuesday December 9, 2014 9:15am - 9:30am
Auditorium Atrium

9:30am

Session 21: Community and Rural Development
  • Sarah Bobrow-Williams, Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative and Rosalind Harris, University of Kentucky

Strengthening the Fabric of Blackbelt Communities: How 1890 and Other Regional Institutions Can Support Asset Based Approaches to Community Prosperity”

  • Cary Junior, Southeast Michigan Producers Association

Food Hubs: A Viable Economic Development Option for Distressed Communities

  • Onyumbe Lukongo, Southern University and A & M College

Boosting Local Economics Development in Louisiana:  A GIS Approach

  • Andrew Zekeri & Princess Osby, Tuskegee University

Factors Associated with Food Insecurity Among Elderly Persons in Rural Alabama and Tennessee

  • S. Craig Littlejohn, South Carolina State University

South Carolina Rural Community Food Protection  Through Traceability Technology


Moderators
WC

William Crutchfield

Virginia State University
Virginia State University

Speakers
CJ

Cary Junior

Southeast Michigan Producers Association
Southeast Michigan Producers Association
SC

S. Craig Littlejohn

South Carolina State University
South Carolina State University
OL

Onyumbe Lukongo

Southern University and A&M College
Southern University and A&M College
AZ

Andrew Zekeri

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Meeting Room A

9:30am

Session 22: Small Farm Issues
Moderators
DT

Decetti Taylor

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University

Speakers
PA

Peter Ampim

Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University
RB

Russell Bean

S&B Farm
S&B Farm


Tuesday December 9, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Meeting Room B

9:30am

Session 23: International Session, Part I

Ralph Christy & Ed Mabaya, Cornell University

  • Jan Greyling, N. Vink & C. Punt, Stellenbosch University, South African

The Contribution of the Agricultural Sector to the South African Economy Revisited

  • Bernadette Abrahams, South Africa

Creating Vibrant, Equitable and Suitable Rural Communities in the Western Cape

  • Pavarni Naidoo,  L. Sandenbergh, M.Bonato, J. Strauss, M. Wallace, A. Roux, S. Martin, I. Trautmann, & S. Cloete, South Africa

Using Technology to Serve the Agricultural Community in the Western Cape Province of South Africa: A Preview of Projects


Moderators
RC

Ralph Christy

Cornell University
Cornell University
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Edward Mabaya

Associate Director - CIIFAD, Cornell University
Agriculture and rural development in Africa | Genetically modified crops. | African seed systems

Speakers
BA

Bernadette Abrahams

South Africa
South Africa
JG

Jan Greyling

The Contribution of the Agricultural Sector to the South African Economy Revisited
PN

Pavarni Naidoo

South Africa
South Africa


Tuesday December 9, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Meeting Rooms D&E

9:30am

Session 24: Women and Youth Game Changers in Agriculture
Moderators
KM

Karla Martin

USDA Liaison, Fort Valley State University
USDA Liaison, Fort Valley State University

Speakers
RB

Rhonda Benton

Rhema Ranch
Rhema Ranch
DC

Diane Cain

The Focus Group
The Focus Group


Tuesday December 9, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Meeting Rooms F&G

9:30am

10:30am

10:45am

Session 26: Legal and Financial Risk Management Training for Small Farmers
  • Darrell Tennie,  The Tennie Group, LLC

Tax Planning: Defining  Corporate Structure

 

Description of Workshop:  This tax planning presentation will give clarity to listeners in understanding the different entities and the benefits each entity such as LLC, S-Corp, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship, C-Corporation offers based on how the company is structured. Agricultural tax benefits that’s most beneficial to farmers, small businesses, and individuals.

 

  • John Zippert & Cornelius Key, Federation of the Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

Farmers Left Out of the USDA Discrimination Lawsuit

 


Moderators
GJ

Gwendolyn J. Johnson

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University

Speakers
DT

Darrell Tennie

The Tennie Group, LLC
The Tennie Group, LLC
JZ

John Zippert

Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A

10:45am

Session 27: Community Development
  • Robert Cole, East Arkansas Enterprise Community

Edible Garden Project

  • Michelle Eley and Lisa Poser, North Carolina A&T State University

Growing Food and Community in North Carolina Community Gardens

  • Anne Gilot, University  of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How do Community Knowledge Workers (CKWs) Respond to Performance- Based Incentives? A Look at the Case of Ugandan Extension Workers


Moderators
AR

Anne Randle

Extension Specialist, Tuskegee University
Anne Randle is an Extension Specialist at Tuskegee University with an emphasis on community gardening.

Speakers
RC

Robert Cole

East Arkansas Enterprise Community
East Arkansas Enterprise Community
ME

Michelle Eley

North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B

10:45am

Session 28: Preparing the Next Generation of Agricultural Leaders
  • Martha Ravola,  Cinda Catchings,  Alcorn State University

Preparing the Next Generation of Consumer Scientists Through Integrative Learning Communities

  • Christopher Mathis and Audrey McCrary- Quarles, South Carolina State University

Discovering Agricultural Related Careers Through “Cypress”

  • Raymon Shange, N. Omidire, C. Bonsi, and T. Hargrove, Tuskegee University & Earth University

TU and Earth: Sowing Seeds for Student – Centered Experiences in Sustainable Agriculture


Moderators
RS

Raymon Shange

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University

Speakers
CM

Christopher Mathis

South Carolina State University
South Carolina State University
MR

Martha Ravola

Alcorn State University
Alcorn State University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Meeting Rooms D&E

10:45am

Session 29: Urban Agricultural Program
  • Morris Henderson and  D. Min, 31st Street Baptist Church and William Crutchfield, Virginia State University

Urban Agriculture and the Church: The New Frontier for the 21st Century

 

Description: Using the public/private partnership approach, 31st Street Baptist Church has been able to address the issues associated with “food deserts” by teaming up with local and federal governmental agencies, non-profits and the 1890 land grant institutions of higher learning. Additionally, through affiliations with health care providers, we have connected dietary and nutritional professionals to assist in meeting the holistic needs of the individual and provide educational information that gives clients opportunities to change their behavior and improve their quality of life.

  • Matthew Browning and Stacy Herrick, West Virginia State University 

Farming-It’s So Citified: An Urban Agriculture Marketing Campaign

 

                Description: Urban agriculture has significantly increased in popularity over the last few years

among West Virginia communities. To address this growing interest, Extension Services at West Virginia State University (WVSU) and West Virginia University (WVU) partnered with local agencies to host the inaugural West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference, offering expert instruction on regionally relevant topics. An innovative marketing campaign was developed to generate buzz and increase participation using character-based marketing tactics delivered through social media platforms, print communication, traditional media and merchandise. The cornerstone of the campaign was Chicken Stu, the official “spokes-chicken” of the conference, who shared his journey from the farm to the city via social media.


Moderators
AP

Alice Paris

Tuskegee University (Retired)
Tuskegee University (Retired)

Speakers
MB

Matthew Browning

West Virginia State University
West Virginia State University
MH

Morris Henderson

Virginia State University
Virginia State University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Meeting Rooms F&G

10:45am

Session 30: The Local Food Movement: A Growing Market for Farmers
  • Deacue Fields, Auburn University

Overview of Trends in Local Food System

  • Alfonso Norwood, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Opportunities in Urban Agriculture – A Cleveland Perspective

  • Ron Rainey, University of Arkansas

Utilizing New Technology for Improving Local Food Marketing


Moderators
DF

Deacue Fields

Auburn University
Auburn University

Speakers
AN

Alphonso Norwood

USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Services
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Services
RR

Ron Rainey

University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas


Tuesday December 9, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Auditorium

12:15pm

Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb, Mrs. Dazelle Foster and Mrs. Clara Evans Memorial Luncheon
Moderators
ME

Michele Eley

North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University

Speakers
MR

M. Ray McKinnie

North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Ballroom 1 BTW Boulevard, Tuskegee, AL 36088

2:00pm

Session 31: Feral Swine Workshop, Part I

National Feral Swine Program Initiative: A collaborative national management program to reduce feral swine damage is being initiated. It is imperative that you be a part of this dynamic process. Your input is critical and the information disbursed to you is of the utmost importance. See YOU there.


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A

2:00pm

Session 32: Preparing the Next Generation of Agricultural Leadership Part III

Theressa Cooper, Iowa State University

  • Raymon Shange, M. Robinson, D. Hooks, D. Mortley, C. Bonsi, R. Ankumah, and W. Hill

Future Farmers and Agriculture Specialists: An Approach to Developing the Next Generation of Agricultural Entrepreneurs and Educators

  • Adell Brown, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Bridging the Gap Between Work Force Development and Higher Education: A Critical Link to Preparing  the Next Generation of Agriculture Leaders

  • Tricia Dyk, University of Kentucky

Enhancing Your Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Intelligence: Vital Skills for Ag Professionals 


Moderators
TC

Theressa Cooper

Iowa State University
Iowa State University

Speakers
AB

Adell Brown

Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center
RS

Raymon Shange

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room B

2:00pm

Session 33: International Agriculture - Part II
  • Gareth Williams,  J. Van Wyk & C. Hansmann, South Africa

Innovative Biotechnology in South Africa: Turning Waste Plums into Wine

  • Bonani Nyhodo, South Africa

Formulating the Least Cost Feeding Strategy for Cattle in South Africa- A Linear Programming Approach

  • Hildah Lefophane,  L. Selowa & A. Belete, South Africa

Market Participation in Formal Agricultural Output Markets: A Case Study of Small-Scale Tomato Producers in Limpopo Province, South Africa

  • Vanessa Barends, South Africa

Towards a Carbon Calculator Suitable for Smallholder Mix Farming Systems in South Africa

  • Ndumiso Mazibuko, South Africa

Determinants of Smallholder Farmers Participation in Cattle Markets in South Africa’s North West


Moderators
RC

Ralph Christy

Cornell University
Cornell University

Speakers
HL

Hildah Lefophane

South Africa
South Africa
NM

Ndumiso Mazibuko

South Africa
South Africa
BN

Bonani Nyhodo

South Africa
South Africa
GW

Gareth Williams

South Africa
South Africa


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Rooms D&E

2:00pm

Session 34: Innovative Agricultural Programs
  • 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.  


Moderators
LH

Larry Holmes

USDA-NRCS (Retired)
USDA-NRCS (Retired)

Speakers
ND

Nelson Daniels

Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University
KT

Keishon Thomas

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley State University


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

2:00pm

Session 35: Plant and Soil Science
  • Marlin Ford and A. Johnson, Southern University

The Perceptions of Louisiana Small Farmers in the Utilization of Native Warm Season Grasses as a Sustainable Agriculture Crop 

  • Adrianne Brown, Rita Hayford, Venu Kalavacharla, Delaware State University

Identification and Validation of Selected DNA Methyltransferase Genes in Common Bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris L.)

  • Ajoy Chakrabarti, South Carolina State University

Diverse PH Range Affecting Vegetable Seed Germination

  • Cyril Broderick, Sr., Delaware State University.

Investigating Fonio (Digitaria exillis) for Response to Fertilization and Irrigation

  • Sunday Dada, G. Reese,  G. Cox, and D. Mortley, Tuskegee University

Towards Sustainable Forage Production: An Evaluation of the Effect of Soil pH as Related to Grass Forages (Costal Bermuda Grass-Cynodon Dactylon-and Bahia Grass-Paspalum Notatum Mixture) Nutritive Quality in Macon County, Alabama

  • C. Chappell & A. Johnson, Southern University and A&M College

Comparison of Carbon Dioxide Flux Within Three Different Urban Wetland Types  in the Black Water Conservation Area


Moderators
WM

Wendell McElhenney

Tuskegee University

Speakers
CB

Cyril Broderick, Sr.

Delaware State University
Delaware State University
AB

Adrianne Brown

Delaware State University
Delaware State University
AC

Ajoy Chakrabarti

South Carolina State University
South Carolina State University
CC

C. Chappell

Southern University and A&M College
Southern University and A&M College
avatar for Sunday Dada

Sunday Dada

Animal Scientist, Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University: Dr.Sunday Dada`s research work has focused on elucidating the effect of plant resources for food and health benefits of human and livestocks.
MF

Marlin ford

Southern University
Southern University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Auditorium

2:00pm

Tour 1: A Tour of the Tuskegee University Legacy Museum
Limited Capacity seats available

PLEASE MEET AT THE PAWC REGISTRATION DESK!

The Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute Museum started in the agricultural department in 1892. Undoubtedly, this is Tuskegee University's first museum. For the Professional Agricultural Workers (PAWC) 72nd Annual Conference, Tuskegee University's Legacy Museum will present a walking tour in the museum for conference participants.  This walking tour has as its core the theme Uncommon Ways. It will highlight the partnership forged between the College of Agriculture, Environmental and Nutrition Sciences and the Legacy Museum. It will consider Dr. George Washington Carver; Dr. Halle Tanner Dillon, Thomas Monroe Campbell and P. H. Polk, unique, unflinching, united, unflagging and uncommon individuals ALL!  The tour will include antique agricultural tools and implements. It will embrace the farmers who were included in The United States Public Health Service Untreated Syphilis Study in the Negro Male in Macon County, 1932-1972. Finally, there will be a review of HeLa cell research done by Carver Foundation scientists Drs. Russell Brown and James Henderson. The tour will, additionally, celebrate the 100 anniversary of Booker T. Washington's death and the 125th Anniversary of the Second Morrill Act out of which PAWC arose.



Tuesday December 9, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tuskegee University Legacy Museum

3:30pm

Break
Tuesday December 9, 2014 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Atrium

3:30pm

Tour 2: Gardening with Vets: The Ins and Outs of Community Gardening with the Central Alabama Veterans Administration (VA)
Limited Capacity seats available

PLEASE MEET AT THE PAWC CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DESK.

Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program (TUCEP) established the first community garden at the CAVHCS campus managed entirely by veterans. The garden has created many new opportunities for veterans to learn new skills, including vegetable production, pest management, soil fertility, and harvesting. Participants will hear about the establishment of the garden, challenges and opportunities encountered along the way, and the impact it has had on the CAVHCS community. Following this discussion, participants will visit the veterans’ community garden at the Tuskegee campus of the CAVHCS and enjoy a tour led by veterans.

 

Speakers
JB

Janelle Babers

Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Service - East Campus
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Service - East Campus
AR

Anne Randle

Extension Specialist, Tuskegee University
Anne Randle is an Extension Specialist at Tuskegee University with an emphasis on community gardening.
DT

Decetti Taylor

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Central Alabama VA - Tuskegee Campus

3:45pm

3:45pm

Session 37: New Strategies for Agriculture
  • Linda Naeve, Iowa State University

Machinery Sharing Strategies for Small Scale Farmers

 

Description: 

This 35-minute workshop for farmers and educators will look at an option that farmers can use to minimize the additional cost of machinery or labor when scaling up their production to enter new markets. Machinery-sharing among farmers requires a basic understanding of the types of machinery that are successfully shared and the ways in which the machine and/or labor can be shared efficiently and effectively. This workshop will discuss why selecting the right partners for machinery-sharing is important for the partnership to be successful and sustainable. We will analyze and discuss actual machinery sharing arrangements that were implemented by groups of small-scale fruit and vegetable farmers in Iowa.

 

  • Madeline Schultz, Iowa State University and Ruth Brock, Auburn University

What Can Annie’s Project Teach Us About Training Women Farmers to Manage Business Risks?

 

Description: This 35-minute workshop is planned for educators interested in working with women farmers and ranchers. The workshop presenters will discuss women’s learning preferences and adult education methods that can lead to transformational learning. They’ll share how Annie’s Project helps bring together women who want to make good decisions for their farm or ranch business. They’ll give examples of how educators can provide appropriate backdrops or frameworks to help these women have personally meaningful learning experiences. The presenters will highlight some of the impacts and public value that have already been achieved by educators who implemented Annie’s Project methods in southern states. The adult education methods used by Annie’s Project are designed to empower women farmers and ranchers


Moderators
RB

Rhonda Benton

Rhema Ranch
Rhema Ranch

Speakers
LN

Linda Nawve

Iowa State University
Iowa State University
MS

Madeline Schultz

Iowa State University
Iowa State University


Tuesday December 9, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room B

3:45pm

Session 38: International Agriculture - Part III
  • Johannes Links, N. Taylor,  & J. Avenant, South Africa

Effect of Shoot Removal on Bud Fruitfulness and Yield of Vitis Vinifera CV. ‘Crimson Seedless’ in South Africa

  • Pavarni Naidoo, J. Oliver, J. Morris & S. Cloete, South Africa

Does Selecting for Finer Wool Result in a Higher Incidence of  Creeping Belly in the South African Dohne Merino Sheep Breed?

  • Onyumbe E. Lukongo, Southern University and A & M College Estimating Loss in African Agricultural Sector Using Synthetic Control Method
  • Zahele Msimango, E. Avenant & N. Taylor, South Africa

Screening of Olive Cultivars for Tolerance to Fusicladium Oleagineaum in South Africa


Moderators
RC

Ralph Christy

Cornell University
Cornell University

Speakers
JL

Johannes Links

South Africa
South Africa
OL

Onyumbe Lukongo

Southern University and A&M College
Southern University and A&M College
PN

Pavarni Naidoo

South Africa
South Africa


Tuesday December 9, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Rooms D&E

3:45pm

Session 39: USDA - NRCS Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act

The purpose of this workshop/focus group is to capture the voice of minority landowners and those who work with them regarding their natural resource concerns and potential solutions.  This session will provide information on the Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act.


Moderators
KB

Kim Berry

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Tuesday December 9, 2014 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Rooms F&G

3:45pm

5:15pm

6:30pm

George Washington Carver Public Service Hall of Fame Awards Banquet and Lecture
Tuesday December 9, 2014 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Ballroom 1 BTW Boulevard, Tuskegee, AL 36088