Last updated: September 23. 2013 4:20PM - 484 Views
Emily M. Hobbs Staff Writer

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Sampson County farmers are in for a free one-stop event that will spark innovation, sharpen education, and shower blessings on the local farming community, including veterans who are also farmers.

“We want to make sure farmers know what resources are available,” said Charlene Jacobs in a phone interview Monday. Jacobs is the president of the American Prawn cooperative and also the owner and manager of the Harvest of the Great Spirit Prawn Farm in Clinton.

This resource rodeo, being held Monday, Sept. 30, is going to give the local farmers and veterans in Sampson County a chance to learn about all kinds of fabulous resource providers, Jacobs stressed. The resource rodeo will help farmers get the answers they need in a timely fashion and also allow them access to resources that might not already be known to them. There will also be the chance to meet one-on-one with some of those responsible for the myraid resources that will be discussed.

Topics will include legal issues, credit and loans, crop insurance, and conservation programs as well as the chance to participate in hands-on workshops.

Many of these resources may not be readily available locally, said Jacobs, and often these people are really busy, making it hard for farmers to connect with them. She said this would be a great opportunity for farmers to have an opportunity to vent their problems and find solutions.

Agencies that are participating include the Farm Service Agency, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Natural Resources and Conservation Services, NC Agrability, The Support Center, and farm legal experts from Land Loss Prevention Project according to a prepared release.

The event is being organized by Joe Stroeder of the Rural Advancement Foundation-International (RAFI-USA) and sponsored by the Southern Risk Management Education Program. This is the first time this event has been held in Sampson County.

The RAFI Resource Rodeo will be held Monday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Coharie Tribal Center, 4920 US 421 N, Clinton. There will be a free dinner provided; however, Jacobs said it was necessary for those attending the dinner to RSVP with Fred Curtis Lewis at 606-308-3676 or email him at fredcurtislewis40@gmail.com.

For further information on the resource rodeo please contact Stroeder of RAFI at 919-542-1396.

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