Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Winston County Self-Help Youth Group’s 11th Saving Rural America Conference

On Friday, January 19, 2018, 190 high school seniors and juniors from Louisville High School and approximately 30 adults met at the Louisville Coliseum to attend workshops with the theme: Cultivating Diversity, Producing Changes for the Future Generation. To present the workshops were eleven diverse presenters:

Teresia Hickman, Forensic Scientist
Darnella Winston and Maya Crooks, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
Sandra Jackson, Winston County 4-H Program Associate
Tracy Gregory, MSU Extension, Extension Agent 1
David Boydstun, Renasant Bank
Gidget Mills, Bancorp South Bank
Manola Erby, Youth Specialist, Alcorn State University
Orlanda Ellerby, Mississippi Forestry Commission
Carolyn Banks, Ag Business Management Specialist ASU Extension Program
Esmerelda Dickson, NASS, MS State Statistician
Freddie Davis, Consultant Forester (Owner, River City Land Services)

Present were two guest facilitators, Vivian A. Dickson, and Terry Cosby. Vivian is the Senior Program Manager for the USDA-NRCS Outreach and Advocacy Division. She has a degree in Environmental Law and Political Science. Terry is the State Conservationist for the USDA-NRCS Ohio State office.

The sponsors for this conference were Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance, Rural Development, Farm Service Agency, Mississippi State University Extension, Alcorn School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, USDA – National Agricultural Statistics Service, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Winston County Self Help Cooperatives, National Women in Ag Association of Tugaloo College, Renasant Bank, and U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

The Winston County Self Help Youth Group enjoyed learning about the various career opportunities from the presenters and the guest facilitators. The youth expressed gratitude to everyone for their participation in generating hope for small communities across rural America during their 11th Saving Rural America Conference. They thanked the Louisville Public School District for their continued support. Thanks to Jean Harper, Winston County Self Help Cooperatives Youth Leader, for her expertise in coordinating this conference. Also, thanks to Frank Taylor, the Winston County Self Help Cooperatives Leader.

Winston County Self-Help Youth Group
11th Saving Rural America Conference

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