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Local Community College Hosts Agriculture Expo

Local Community College Hosts Agriculture Expo

Story by John Stone, Anna Stone, and Sara Russell

Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) celebrated the completion of the Elizabeth Hoggatt Whatley Agriculture Complex by hosting an agriculture expo on March 25.

The event �Living from the Ground Up� provided the public with an opportunity to tour the college�s new agriculture facility and visit with local producers, business representatives and agricultural specialists. Attendees were able to listen to lectures, attend question-and-answer sessions, and visit the trade show with booth displays to learn more about a wide range of agricultural and environmentally-related topics.

Seminars, programs, and booths manned by local agricultural industry representatives provided the public with information about small business start-up, organic farming and ranching, sustainable agricultural practices, and government agencies and programs designed to assist producers.

Attendees were also able to meet specialists from numerous government agencies, including the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Rural Development (RD), Texas Forest Service (TFS), Small Business Development Centers and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA).

NRCS employees participating in the event included John Stone, district conservationist in Quitman, Anna Stone, soil conservationist in Mt. Pleasant, and Sara Russell, soil scientist in Gilmer.
John Stone and Anna Stone answered numerous questions about available Farm Bill funding and provided information on current programs. Russell provided Web Soil Survey information to producers and demonstrated how to obtain and utilize soils data for their land.

NTCC hopes to make �Living from the Ground Up� an annual event that will continue to bolster local businesses and educate the public.

If this year�s well-attended event is any indication, NTCC�s dream may well become a reality.

(L to R) Anna Stone, NRCS soil conservationist and Sara Gilmer, NRCS soil scientist promotes conservation programs at the Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) Agriculture Expo in Mt. Pleasant.
(L to R) Anna Stone, NRCS soil conservationist and Sara Gilmer, NRCS soil scientist promotes conservation programs at the Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) Agriculture Expo in Mt. Pleasant.