2011 Small Farmers Conference gives latest info to farmers

HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM) -  Small farmers local and state wide gathered at the LakeTerrace Convention Center for the 2011 Small Farmers Conference.

Speakers from the Extension Program at Alcorn State University, the Mississippi Center for Cooperative Development and the Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service were on hand during the 20th Annual Small Farmers Conference to give the latest information on farming technology and opportunities.

Karis Gutter, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for the Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service says one of the biggest problems that farmers are facing now is time.

"Some of the biggest challenges of small farmers are access to quality land. Main addition to access to quality land is time. The average age of the small farmer is 57- years- old, and so we are seeing our farmers get older and not many young people go into agriculture," said Gutter.

Gutter says they may not be able to solve the time issue, but one thing that can help farmers is the USDA value added program that helps farmers get their product to markets.

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