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Big Ideas for Small Farms: USDA-OPPE Visits AAMU

OPPE Visit
October 01, 2020

Empowering Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

The USDA’s Office of Partnership and Public Engagement (OPPE) visited Alabama A&M University and its Small Farms Research Center. 

Michael Beatty, director of OPPE, visited AAMU to discuss and share ideas on how to better assist socially disadvantaged limited resource farmers. 

Mr. Beatty met with Dr. Lloyd Walker, dean of AAMU’s College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences; Dr. Allan Malone, 1890 Extension Administrator; and Anthony Hudson, 1890 Program Liaison, who arranged the meeting with the AAMU Small Farms Research Center (SFRC).  SFRC is directed by Dr. Duncan Chembezi.

During OPPE’s visit, E'licia L. Chaverest, assistant director, shared her success stories working with farmers with the assistance of the USDA 2501 project/program.  In addition, SFRC staff shared ideas for the upcoming Farm Bill, as well as for collaboration on future projects, particularly the Community Prosperity Summit.

Beatty praised SFRC for its outreach efforts aimed at empowering socially disadvantaged farmers and educating under-served communities.


Caption:  Pictured (l-r) are:  Kyle Bridgeforth, Bridgeforth Farm; Michael Beatty, director, Office of Partnership and Public Engagement (OPPE); Mitchell Baker, OPPE; Anthony Hudson, 1890 Program Liaison, Alabama A&M University (AAMU); and E'licia L. Chaverest, assistant director, AAMU Small Farms Research Center.