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2018 "Growing Together" Black Farmer Conference with Urban Farmers Held Today

MEDIA CONTACT:
(USDA) Christine Chavez at (530) 792-5695 or (213) 216-3519

Fresno, Calif., Feb. 28, 2018 – More than 100 farmers and partners are in attendance at the first annual Growing Together Black Farmers with Urban Farmers Conference is being held today in Fresno, Calif.

Hosted by the West Fresno Family Resource Center and the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), the conference is open to all farmers and ranchers, yet is uniquely tailored towards black farmers and urban Farmers.

“We are at the height of agriculture technology today,” said Nate Looney of Westside Urban Farm, the keynote speaker for today’s conference. “But today's technology will be old news in 50 years. Agriculture is a part of our collective legacy. I challenge you all to push the needle forward for future generations.”

The free conference is being held until 4 p.m. at the Maxi Parks Community Center, located at 1802 E. California Ave., Fresno, CA. Please contact Christine Chavez (530) 792-5695 with any questions pertaining to the conference.

This one-day statewide conference is a great opportunity for farmers and ranchers to network and learn about resources available to them. Workshops cover four topics:

1) access to capital and business resources; 2) youth in agriculture; 3) resources from agencies; and 4) an urban leadership roundtable. Finally, a panel of black farmers will share their tips for success.

The West Fresno Family Resource Center was established in 2001, West Fresno Health Care Coalition (dba: West Fresno Family Resource Center), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves residents of one of the poorest metropolitan communities in California’s Central Valley, southwest Fresno and beyond.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is the lead USDA partner in this conference. NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private landowners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935. For more information on NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.

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