“We're hoping to teach the younger generation the importance and opportunities of agriculture,” Hill said. “The superintendent has approved this and is allowing some of the students to come tomorrow. We're expecting about 70 kids from both Delta and Bastrop High. We're providing the transportation.”
Hill said there's been a shortage of young farmers coming into Morehouse Parish.
“There may be a couple come through, but I'm pretty sure a young black farmer hasn't come along in about 15 years,” he said. “The average age of a farmer right now is 60 years old. We need to get the young people interested in this wonderful way of life.”
The event begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. Guests who will be speaking at the event are Assistant Director of Rural Development, Brandon Sostand, who'll speak on the importance and opportunities of agriculture; Iberia Bank Relationship Banker, Lashunda Atkins, who will speak on helpful tips with banking; SuAgCenter Nutritionist, Carolyn Robinson, will speak on nutrition; Su AgCenter Agriculture Specialist Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin, who will speak on the dangers of mobile technology; SU AgCenter COC Latonya Owens, who will speak on the importance of being tobacco free and the Assistant Director of Rural Development in Alexandria, Lee Jones, will give current agricultural information.
The event will take place in the LSU AgCenter auditorium . Admission is free. Lunch will be served and the public is invited.