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Alliance Field Day [MS]

Topics will include “Introducing New Crops and Varieties to Local Farmers/Growers; Growing Cool Season Crops; Preparation for Spring Planting; and Legal Assistance to Farmers”.  The Alliance Demonstration Farm in Holmes County is hosting this field day, which will feature experts/presenters from Alcorn State University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Girish K. Panicker, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn State University will focus on “Introducing New Crops and Varieties to Local Farmers/Growers”.  Dr. Panicker will introduce a new Crop: Cocoyam (Taro).  Cocoyam is a highly nutritious vegetable crop, easy to cultivate and store, and is adapted to this region.  Dr. Panicker will also introduce Persimmon - a nutritious and medicinal fruit.  These oriental varieties are resistant and adapted to this region.  Persimmon can prevent obesity, high blood pressure, and the entry of cholesterol from food into the bloodstream.  Each participant will be given Cocoyam tubers and Persimmon fruit FREE OF COST.

Dr. Bill Evans, Associate Research Professor, Truck Crop Experiment Station with Mississippi State University will focus on “Growing Cool Season Crops and Preparation for Spring Planting”: selecting the right crops and varieties; soil testing, field preparation, seed starting, planting dates; crop rotation; and more.  FARMERS AND GROWERS SHOULD NOT MISS THIS VERY TIMELY AND INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION.

Marie Cope and Cameron Abel, Directors, University of Mississippi School of Law Transactional Clinic and their students will also be on hand to help farmers with FREE legal and business advice.

There is NO COST to attend this event, but PRE-REGISTRATION is required! 




The demonstration farm is located in Holmes County, Mississippi – off Hwy 51 between Goodman and Durant.  Visitors may exit I-55 at exit 146/Hwy 14 and travel 3 miles east to Goodman and Holmes Community College.  From Goodman, travel north 3 miles on Hwy 51 to Coleman Road on the left.  Visitors may also exit I-55 at exit 150/State Park Road and travel east through the park toward Hwy 51.  From the park, travel 1 mile south on Hwy 51 to Coleman Road on the right.  The farm is 1 mile southwest of Hwy 51 at 1184 Coleman Road.  (LOOK FOR NEW SIGNS ON HWY 51 AND COLEMAN ROAD).