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USDA provides workshops for area farmers

USDA officials Val Dolcini and Lanon Baccam with Shirley Sherrod  (Source: WALB) USDA officials Val Dolcini and Lanon Baccam with Shirley Sherrod (Source: WALB)
Folks gathered in classrooms for breakout sessions (Source: WALB) Folks gathered in classrooms for breakout sessions (Source: WALB)
Nearly 200 people were in attendance Thursday afternoon (Source: WALB) Nearly 200 people were in attendance Thursday afternoon (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

USDA officials attracted nearly 200 people to Albany State Thursday afternoon.

They shed light on around 20 different agencies that can help south Georgia farmers.

Ag Department experts gave advice on topics such as applying for credit, conservation and building farmers markets.

"It's important for me and for other leaders in the department to get out of town and get out of Washington from time to time," said the administrator of the USDA Farm Service Agency, Val Dolcini. "And see how our programs are working and how we can make good programs great ones."

The Southwest Georgia Project hosted the event, and executive director Shirley Sherrod was pleased they picked Albany for the workshops.

"He made the decision to send some of his top people down to hear the issues to talk about the program," said Sherrod. "To try and help them use those programs so they end up with better communities."

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