The Board of Directors and Staff of Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation (ALFDC) invites you along with other members, investors, partners and supporters to ALFDC’s thirty-eight (38th) Annual Conference and Membership Meeting hosted by Arkansas Land & Community Development Corporation (ALCDC).  The Meeting is being held October 25th and 26th at the Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation (ALFDC) Business and Community Development Conference Center in Fargo, Arkansas.

The theme for this year’s event is: “Opportunities for Economic Prosperity through Partnership,” ‘invited youth day luncheon speaker,’ is Mr. Kevin Farmer, P.E. Branch Chief, and Watershed Program, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington D.C., ‘invited morning plenary speaker membership meeting,’  is United States Congressman, Rick Crawford, 1st Congressional District, Arkansas Mr. Leonard Jordan, Acting  Chief, (USDA), Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS), Washington D.C.is the Luncheon Speaker at Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday & Friday October 25th & 26th.

Thursday, October 25th is dedicated to rural youth. These activities and workshops will focus on agriculture related careers, future workforce in agriculture and oratorical leadership contest for youth that participated in ALCDC’s Youth programs. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation program and other USDA agencies will address careers in agriculture.

Friday October 26th is dedicated to landowners, farmers, ranchers, rural residents and veterans.  These concurrent workshop and activities will focus on:  “2018 Farm Bill: What’s In It For You?”  Urban and Small Farms Local Food Supply and Farmers Markets, Diverse Opportunities for Beginning Farmers, Veteran and Rural Community Economic Development and Heir Property Land Ownership-Managing the Ownership Risks.

For over three (3) decades, Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation program service delivery areas have worked to foster, refine, and encourage growth in rural community development. The driving force of ALFDC’s work since its inception has been toward cultivating healthy rural communities for economic sustainability. This force has been fostered through land retention, and family farm development for limited resource and minority farmers, future workforce and leadership development through youth services, and housing and business development.

If you have any other question or a need for any additional information, please contact Tameecia Patterson, Mary Harris or Albert Jones at (870)734-3005. ALFDC & ALCDC looks forward to seeing you at the 2018 Annual Conference and Membership Meeting October 25 & 26 in Fargo, Arkansas.