What’s Working: Alcorn Extension Field Day

LORMAN, Miss. (WJTV) – Alcorn’s Annual Agricultural, Research and Extension Field Day is coming up Thursday, August 25, 2016.

Think of it as a way for the university to fulfill its mission of improving the lives of Mississippians.

Deep purple egg plants and long green gourds are only the beginning.

In Mississippi, we can grow almost anything, and ASU’s School of Agriculture, Research Extension and Applied Sciences is here to help farmers large and small.

Dr. Andra Johnson is the Assistant Research Director for the School of Agriculture.

He says, “The mission here at Alcorn State University, our niche, is really about how do we help small farmers, low income farmers, how do we help them really to move forward and be productive on their lands.”

That goes for animal and crop production.

Mississippi grown sweet potatoes can’t be beat, but researchers will also share their findings on alternative crops.

Dr. Johnson runs down the list, “Gourds, amaranth. We are also focusing on some peas, some lima beans, and tomatoes. We are really kind of across the board, even watermelons and different types of melons and cover crops.”

Seven stations will be set up on campus.

If farmers want to revisit one in particular for more in depth instruction, they can.

Dr. Johnson concludes, “We really put a lot of effort this year into taking the scientific information, the scientific jargon and really kind of crafting it in such a way that anybody can understand it.”

From pest management to high value production, Alcorn is here to help on its Lorman Campus.

Registration is Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Tours begin at 9:00 a.m. and run until 3:00 p.m. and again, small farmers are especially welcome.

Registration is free, and lunch will be served.


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