Upcoming Grower Opportunities in MS

Paige Manning, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce sends out notices about great opportunities for growers (and others) to better themselves.  Below are some of those events:

Covington County Self Help Organization Saving Rural America First Annual Conference

February 4, 2012, 7:30am Saturday, at the Multi-Purpose Building 68 Collins Industrial Drive Collins, MS.

CCSHG will provide an atmosphere of learning, networking and strengthening family values to help save rural communities. Right here and right now is your opportunity to bring your entire family and obtain the needed skills to make a positive impact where you live and work. Workshops: Herd Management, Grass Feed, Managing Small Animals (Goats and Sheep), Backyard Gardening, Estate Planning, USDA Update, and Marketing Vegetables.  For more information contact Fenton Pope 601-517-3138 or email fentonpope@yahoo.com



Thursday, February 9, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – Jackson, MS

Forestry Building, Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

Farmers, farmers markets, and specialty food vendors will have the opportunity to apply for and receive immediate approval for free wireless machines to accept SNAP EBT transactions at farmers markets (a process that normally takes 45 days).  If you are interested in attending the meeting, please fill out and return the attached registration form by February 3, 2012.   THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND.  For more information contact Purvie Green at (601) 359-1168 or purvie@mdac.state.ms.us. See attached registration form for more information.


Northeast MS Fruit and Vegetable Producers Association Educational Conference and Tradeshow

February 9-10, 2012, Verona, Lee County Agri Center Magnolia Building

The $20 fee will cover lunch on Thursday, a CD with all presentations, presentation notebook, production manual, and NEMSFVGA membership for one year. For more information contact Scott Cagle at 662-456-4269  or scottc@ext.msstate.edu. See attached brochure.


Eat Healthy Mississippi Meetings

The Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association  will be holding meetings at the following locations to allow you and restaurant owners to learn more about this initiative and how you can benefit from participation.  You will also have an opportunity to meet some restaurant owners in your area. Please RSVP to Grady Griffin at 800-898-0343/601-420-4210 or by email at gradygriffin@msra.org

Starkville– February 13th- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., The Veranda, 208 Lincoln Green
Oxford– February 15th- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., Boure’, 110 Courthouse Square
Tupelo– February 16th- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., Tupelo CVB, 399 East Main St.
Gulfport– February 20th- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., Knight Non-Profit Center, 11975 Seaway Rd.
Hattiesburg– February 21st- 3:00 – 4:00 P.M., Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza

Winston County Self Help Cooperative’s 5th Saving Rural America Conference

March 2-3, 2012 beginning at 6:00 a.m. at the Louisville Coliseum in Louisville, MS

The theme of the conference is Food Quality & The Small Producer

For more information visit, http://www.wcshc.com/


Mississippi Market Ready™ Training

 March 2- Pontotoc

Interested in what restaurant chefs and retail managers are looking for in purchasing local produce? In one day, you will receive information about current food policy legislation, how to build relationships and communicate with managers and chefs, proper packaging and labeling to sell, marketing strategies, different pricing structures, and much more to help you get started or build your current operation.

Market Ready™ is a program developed specifically for producers who would like to begin selling to restaurants, retailers, or institutions. Market Ready™ training is also beneficial to those who already sell to a few local restaurants and retailers and would like to increase this area of their business.

For more information visit: http://www.agecon.msstate.edu/what/value/special/.


2012 MS Women for Agriculture Conference

March 9-10, Bost Extension Center, MSU Campus

The Mississippi Women for Agriculture organization is a continuation of the MS Women in Agriculture educational program initiated by the Mississippi tate University Extension Service and its partners.  Through educational and networking activities such as the annual conference, MWA provides Mississippi women the chance to form friendships, share ideas. For more information visit: msucares.com/womenforag. Also see attached registration form.

Mississippi Association of Cooperatives Annual Meeting

March 15-17, 2012, Jackson, MS

For more information contact (601) 354-2750 or visit www.mississippiassociation.coop. See the attached Save-the-Date.


2012 Alcorn State University Small Farmers Conference

March 26-28, Natchez, MS
For more information call 877-427-9536 or visit: http://www.smallfarmersconference.org