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Small farmers learn to grow healthier crops at 6th annual conference

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Farmers from across the Gulf Coast region learned how to grow and maintain healthier crops.

Around 120 people gathered at Southern University the 6th annual Louisiana Small Farmer Conference aimed at helping small family farms.

They heard from various speakers about new technology and tricks of the agriculture business trade that could help them grow stronger.

There were also experts on hand to help future farmers learn about the opportunities available to start a career in agriculture.

"With the local food movement more people are taking an interest in where where their food comes from and the nature of that food, whether it has chemicals, etc. It's here it's a lasting business," Southern agricultural specialist Dawn Patin, PhD. 

Farmers also learned how to properly prepare their land for natural disasters, such as flooding and how to apply for assistance. 

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