Wednesday, Schedule of Events

*Wednesday, March 28

Small Farmers’ Appreciation Day
Educational Forum
N.C. A&T State University

8:30 - 9:20 a.m.
  • Session 1. Pest Management, Room 129 Coltrane Hall
    • Presentation 1: Louis Jackai, Beatrice Dingha, Marsha Dwyer and Sudan Gyawaly Navigating the “Produce Paradox” -- Using a Mustard Trap to Manage the Cabbage Bug on Collard How Integrated Pest Management (IPM) not dependent on insecticides can make food safer using mustard as a decoy for the cabbage bug that attacks collard and other cold crops in the Piedmont.
    • Presentation 2: Beatrice Dingha and Louis Jackai Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Look-Alikes in N.C. and the Real Deal! Know and Recognize the New Enemy of Your Crop. Learn to identify BMSB (eggs, five nymphal and adult stages), its damage to vegetable crops and current management practices.
  • Session 2. Diversified operation for profit (Kathleen Liang and John Ivey) Coltrane Hall Godfrey Room How to develop successful diversified enterprise strategies such as agritourism and value added including tax, insurance, and funding discussions The economics of farming, enterprise strategies for diversified farming, including agritourism and value-added operations, and some policies/regulations with respect to tax, insurance, safety, and funding. Hands-on activities with specialty crops: identification, use opportunities and challenges.
9:20 - 9:30 a.m. Break 
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. Session repeat 
10:20 - 10:30 a.m. Break 
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Option 1. Urban agriculture is a unique program at A&T to demonstrate small-scale, high-efficiency operations. (CAES Students) Sample plants and utility examples will be shared with participants, including planting and management explanations.
  • Option 2. Screening. Dr. Sanjun Gu begins this session with a discussion about organic strawberry production at A&T, followed by a showing of the 45-minute documentary, “The Favored Strawberry.” Filmed in eight states, including North Carolina, the film features farms where strawberries are picked by hand, often by hard working immigrants chasing the American dream.
Noon - 2 p.m. Alumni-Foundation Event Center
200 N. Benbow Road
Greensboro, N.C. 27411

Small Farmers’ Appreciation Luncheon

Dr. Rosalind Dale, associate dean and Extension administrator
Cooperative Extension at A&T

Dr. Shirley Hymon-Parker, interim dean
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Steve Troxler, North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
N.C. Department of Agriculture


Introduction of Speaker
Dr. Dale


Presentation of 2018 Small-Farmer-of-the-Year Award and Video


6 p.m. Williams Cafeteria
Small Farms Week Student Cooking Competition

CAES student teams compete against students from other colleges at A&T in a cook-off using local foods. Sodexo chefs will assist the teams. Cost- $8.81 plus tax payable at the cafeteria. University meal plans also accepted.

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