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2023 Conference Schedule

November 8-9, 2023

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2023 Black Farmer’s Conference Schedule

8AM – 8:30AM

Registration & Networking
Breakfast Buffet

8:30AM – 8:50AM

Opening General Session

Ms. Gwen Pierce, President, FSAAFA,
Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, Associate Dean, DSU Cooperative Extension

Dr. Cherese Winstead, Dean,  CAST

Governor John Carney (invited)

9:00AM – 9:50AM

Session 1: Farming & You

DDA Young Farmers Program
Jimmy Kroons, FSA, NRCS and RD

9:00AM – 9:50AM

Session 2: Farming Now and Into the Future:


10:00AM – 10:50AM

Plenary 1: Panel Discussion-Sustaining
Diversity in Production Agriculture:

Agricultural landscape and projections for Black farmers locally,
regionally, and nationally.

First State African American Farmers Association Members

11:00AM – 11:50AM

Plenary 2: First State African American Farmers’ Association:

Personal Journeys about Farming

and Panel Discussion

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Plenary 3: Lunch and Keynote Speaker:

Greetings: Dr. Cherese  Winstead
Keynote Introduction:  Michael Scuse, USDA, Delaware
Keynote Speaker: Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA

1:00PM – 3:00PM

Panel Discussion: Financing Your Dream

Farm Finance (Lending 101)
Growing your Stewardship
USDA: FSA, NRCS, RD, DDA (BF program), Farm Credit

Next day activities will center on farmers meeting directly with agencies’ personnel.
The farmers will use the information in which they gleaned to pursue funding and guidance through individual appointments.

Farm tours will also be available.