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Small Farmers Conference shows off what Louisiana farmers can do

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The 5th annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference is being held on Southern University campus at the Agricultural Research and Extension Center until Saturday.

The focus of the three-day event is to help small farmers market their goods, make money and stay in business. This year's theme is “Showcasing Louisiana's Small Family Farms.”

The sessions will range from business planning, farm profitability, branding information and financing a small farm. Experts say it is possible for anyone to grow their own produce.

"Here we would have a lot of container gardens going on, we'd have a lot of raise beds." said Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin. "We have recycled gardens that use old, recycled materials like old tires, and old containers to grow stuff in, so no matter where you are, and no matter what type of space you have, if you want to grow fresh fruits and vegetables you can."

Dr. Mellion-Patin coordinates the convention which includes an address by the Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, a ribbon cutting for Southern Ag Center's Sustainable Urban Ag Demonstration Farm and a presentation on the 2014 Farm Bill and what the benefits it has for small farmers. 

The conference starts at 8 a.m. each day and has a required, onsite registration fee of $25. People can register for the event with Dr. Mellion-Patin by calling (225) 771-2242 or by email at

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