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March field day covers mulching, high tunnels

GOODMAN -- A series of monthly field days highlighting sustainable agriculture practices continues March 15 in Goodman.

Fruit, vegetable and flower growers are invited to the Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm for information on mulching, irrigation and high tunnels.

Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Agricultural, Forestry and Experiment Station and several partner organizations, including the Choctaw Reservation, will discuss irrigation and high tunnel construction and production techniques. Presenters will demonstrate a mulching machine that lays black plastic, drip tape and makes raised beds at the same time.

The field day begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Growers of all experience levels are welcome. Attendance is free, but preregistration is required. Lunch and materials will be provided.

This field day is the third in a series of monthly events scheduled for 2013. Sessions are scheduled for the third Friday of every month, January through November. The last field day is scheduled for Dec. 13. More than 40 topics will be addressed, ranging from farm and food safety to risk management and insurance. All field days will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To register for the field day or for more information, contact Keith Benson at (601) 988-4999 or keithmdp@yahoo.com. The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Demonstration Farm is located at 1184 Coleman Road off of Highway 51 between Goodman and Durant.

MSU’s Extension Service, Alcorn State University’s Extension Program and Tougaloo College’s LEADS Program are producing the series, while the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and the USDA Specialty Crop Grant are funding it.

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Released: March 5, 2013
Writer: Susan Collins-Smith
Contact: Keith Benson, (601) 988-4999