Monday, Schedule of Events

Monday, March 26

Small Farms Week Kickoff
Southeastern Agricultural Events Center
1027 Highway 74 East, Lumberton, N.C.

Presiding
Christy Strickland, director
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County

9 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9:45 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Comments

  • Nelson Brownlee, Extension area agent, farm management
  • Ricky Harris, Robeson County Manager
  • Danny Britt Jr., Senator, N.C. General Assembly
  • Keith Walters, southeast district Extension director, N.C. State University
  • Dr. Rosalind Dale, associate dean/administrator, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T
10:15 a.m. Profile and Significance of Robeson County Agriculture
  • Everett Davis, retired director, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Robeson County
10:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Small Farmers Paving the Future for Robeson County Agriculture Moderator: Debbie Hamrick, director, Specialty Crops, North Carolina Farm Bureau

  • Lucius Epps, Epps Farm Produce, 2017 Small Farmer of the Year Roderick McMillian, MG3 Farms, family-owned hydroponic lettuce operation
  • Ellery Locklear, Locklear Produce, 2003 Small Farmer of the Year Millard Locklear, New Ground Farm, LLC
11:30 a.m.

Tips for Securing Financial Resources

  • Kevin Kinlaw, branch manager, Cape Fear Farm Credit
  • USDA Programs to Assist Small Farmers.
    • Giles Floyd, Robeson County executive director, Farm Service Agency
Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch/Presiding: Christy Strickland

  • 2017 Small Farmer-of-the-Year video and special presentation to the 2017 Small Farmer of the Year
  • Dr. Barbara A. Board, eastern regional Extension director, N.C. A&T
1:45 p.m. Depart for Farm Tours
2 - 4:30 p.m. Farm Tours
  • Lucius Epps, Epps Farm Produce, 2017 Small Farmer of the Year
  • Roderick McMillian, MG3 Farms, family-owned hydroponic lettuce operation
  • Ellery Locklear, Locklear Produce, 2003 Small Farmer of the Year
4 p.m.

SFW Campus Kickoff – Student Engagement Event
Front of Webb Hall, N.C. A&T State University

Student organizations of the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will host events, which will include animals from the A&T University Farm, the “Got to be NC” Big Cart and refreshments.

5:30 p.m.

“The Future of Ag” student forum. Current and former CAES students discuss their engagement with agriculture and assess the future of agriculture. Q&A session to follow.

Location: Webb Hall Auditorium