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Southern SAWG's FY2016 Accomplishments

Southern SAWG has been inspiring and empowering farmers, individuals and communities to create more sustainable food and farming systems for over 25 years. Since 1991 we have assisted over 11,000 farmers in the South, yet our work goes far beyond the farm gate. Did you know that Southern SAWG also trains farm service providers, strengthens regional food systems, and builds and supports collaborative networks? We also give Southerners a voice in policy decisions that shape public food and agriculture programs. Here are a few of our accomplishments from the past year.

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SSAWG's Recommended Resources to Relieve Flooded Farmers

Southern SAWG wants to extend its deepest condolences to the flood victims in Louisiana. The photos and videos made us gasp and weep for the devastation to land, livestock and human life. If you are a farmer affected by the flood or someone who would like to help out farmers who were affected by the flood, we have included some resources in this article.

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Deadline Extended! OFRF Seeks Submissions for 2017 Research Symposium

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) in partnership with the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University invite the submission of research abstracts for presentation at the 2017 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), taking place on January 25-26, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky, immediately preceding the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (SAWG).

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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week!

More and more communities are adding farmers markets, recognizing the benefits they provide: viable regional economies and local farm businesses, increased access to fresh, nutritious food, and stronger social networks that help keep communities healthy.

Farmers markets also serve as business incubators that allow farmers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs to keep overheads low and test new products and markets.

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Loss of a Key Sustainable Ag Leader

Southern SAWG joins the Southeastern African American Farmer’s Organic  Network (SAAFON) in mourning the sudden death of their co-founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Hayes. Cynthia was a good friend of Southern SAWG and we will miss her keen wisdom, great spirit and wonderful charm. Cynthia was a tireless supporter of sustainable agriculture who planted the seed for SAAFON in 2006. Because she believed “farmers could best articulate and meet their own needs” she worked to empower farmers, not just tell them what they needed to do. Cynthia won many awards for her pioneering work, including the 2013 James Beard Leadership Award for her exemplary service to the sustainable agriculture and African American Community.

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