Farmers attend South Georgia's Farmer's Conference
Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director for Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund
Ricky Dollison, Row Crop Farmer
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Farmers from southern states are coming to South Georgia to gain useful information at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Farmer's Conference.
Over 250 farmers from across the south are visiting The Federation of Southern Cooperatives Farming Conference.
The Land Assistance Fund is an association of black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives. The conference aims to create resources and develop revenue for black farmers.
"There was a significant decline of land-loss for black farmers. By the rate they were losing land, they thought by the year of two thousand black farmers would be landless, so the work we do is to help maintain that land-base, reverse that trend, and grow with it," said Executive Director, Cornelius Blanding.
Experts are teaching farmers about cooperative economic development, land retention, and advocacy.
Row Crop farmer Randy Young says he's struggling to make money, due to bumper crops of peanuts and cotton. He's looking forward to learning how to grow vegetables.
"They have multiple workshops going on at the same time, so I keep going to ones that kind of tickle my ear. That's going to help my bottom line," said Row Crop Farmer Ricky Dollison.
The last day of the conference is tomorrow starting at 9:00 am, at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Albany.