Tuesday, Schedule of Events

Tuesday, March 27

Educational Forum
N.C. A&T State University

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Alumni-Foundation Event Center
200 N. Benbow Road
Greensboro, N.C. 27411
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Interactive Exhibitions


  • Dr. Jianmei Yu and Ivy Smith. Health Aspect and Safety Issue of Grape Derived Products. Poster presentation address the safety issue of grape derived products such as grape juice, wine, raisins and grape pomace.
  • James Stewart and Netta Cox. Agricultural Heritage at N.C. A&T. Photos, brochures, posters, scrapbooks, letters and artifacts on the history of farming, vocational education, and agricultural Extension programs in North Carolina. Archives and Special Collections, F. D. Bluford Library
  • Beatriz Rodriguez. NC Agribility. Information, demonstration and hands-on activities for adaptive equipment and ergonomic tools for farm safety, especially for those with disabilities.
  • Lisa Forehand. Center for Environmental Farming Systems showcase
  • Joanna Lelekacs. N.C. Cooperative Extension - Local Food Program. Local Food Extension Publications and other informational resources will be distributed and staff will be available for questions.
  • Sarah Blacklin. NC Choices. This program of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) provides networking opportunities, educational programming and technical assistance for producers, meat processors, buyers and food professionals.
  • Rodney B. Young, director, N.C. Cooperative Extension for Caswell County. Acting N.C. Public Affairs/Outreach Coordinator. Farmer Feud! Participants test their knowledge of the USDA Farm Service Agency in this interactive exhibition.
  • N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division
  • N.C. Forest Service
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Celebration of Local Foods Luncheon - sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and Kellogg Endowment in collaboration with A&T campus dining service.

  • Wisdom from our Farmers Panel Discussion, facilitated by Dr. Michelle Eley
  • Albert and Ada Beatty, 2012 Small Farmers of the Year, and Stanley Hughes, 2004 Small Farmer of the Year, share the successes and challenges of farming
1 - 1:50 p.m. Concurrent sessions with hands-on activities
  • Session 1. How to Design and Develop a Dynamic Farm Marketing Strategy Dr. S. Janine Parker and Devine Farms. Devine Farms uses an integrated marketing plan to maximize its local impact. Direct marketing techniques, agritourism and community involvement to strengthen the brand.
  • Session 2. Factors Influencing Productivity and Income in Beef Cattle & Meat Goats (Dr. Ralph Noble and Andrea Gentry, DVM) Best growth and performance of cattle and goats. Components of herd health including proper balance between biosecurity, nutrition, vaccine/deworming protocols, pasture management and an active veterinary-client relationship.
1:50 - 2 p.m. Break
2 - 2:50 p.m.

Concurrent sessions with hands-on activities

Sessions repeat.

2:50 - 3 p.m. Break 
3 - 5 p.m. University Farm
3136 McConnell Road

High Tunnel Demonstration (Dr. Sanjun Gu and Leon Moses). Transportation provided. Departures from the Alumni-Event Center scheduled for:

  • First group 3:05 p.m.
  • Second group 3:15 p.m.
  • Third group 3:25 p.m.


*A $30 fee is required for Tuesday and Wednesday activities. Small farmers who have registered in advance are exempt. Registration deadline is March 15.