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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Black Farmers, Landowners Association tour slated in Morehouse

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  • The 2014 Annual Farm Tour hosted by the Southern University AgCenter, the LSU AgCenter, the National Black Growers Council and the Morehouse Black Farmers and Landowners Association will take place on Friday, July 18.
    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. that morning at Harper Armstrong's shop at 5821 Mer Rouge/Collinston Highway, and the program will start at 8 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
    According to Otis Hill, Assistant Area Agent for Morehouse Parish, the group will tour two farms and the community garden ran by the Black Farmers Association.
    In the morning program, seven farmers from South Africa will be introduced to participants by Dwayne Goldman and speakers will take the floor. Area representatives and senators have been invited and representatives from both the SU and LSU AgCenters will be participating. New farm equipment will also be introduced at the event.
    After the tour, the group will return to the AgCenter where two area farmers, a woman who has been farming for approximately 50 years and a man who has been farming for almost 60 years, will be recognized prior to lunch.
    Directions to Harper Armstrong's Shop have been provided for those unfamiliar with the location:
    Beginning at the Morehouse Parish Courthouse, travel three miles east on Highway 165 (East Madison Avenue) to Grabault Road (forks to the right off Highway 165). Travel three miles until the stop sign on Highway 138 (the Mer Rouge/Collinston Highway) is reached. Turn right and travel three miles to 5821 Mer Rouge/Collinston Highway. Look for the orange gates.

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