79th Professional Agricultural Workers Conference

December 5-7, 2021

AUGUST 2-3

December 5-7, 2021

NO TRAVEL NEEDED

NO TRAVEL NEEDED

LEARN & NETWORK

LEARN & NETWORK

PAWC History

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) was initiated by Booker T. Washington in 1894. It actually evolved out of Washington’s reaction to the success and excitement of the first Farmers Conference in 1892. Dr. Booker T. Washington was so pleased with the success of the first Farmers Conference that he established it as an annual activity of the institution. According to Allen W. Jones, “the second conference in February 1893 was attended by some 800 persons representing almost every section of Alabama and the South. In 1894 and 1895 the attendance increased to over 1000 and by 1898 the attendance exceeded 2000. Because of growing attendance, Washington held a two-day conference in 1894. The first day was the Farmers Conference and the second day was the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference that was composed of teachers from Negro institutions of higher education in the south.”

Over the years since 1894, expansion of the conference, changes in institutional priorities and dynamics of socio-economics of rural people and agriculture, have caused a variety of changes in the second day portion of the annual conference. Some of these changes included: (1) Women’s Conference, (2) Farm and Home Short Courses, (3) Fat Cattle Show and Sales, (4) other specialty activities for the benefit of rural people. One other major activity in the evolution of the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference occurred in 1941 when the professional agricultural workers who were attending the Tuskegee Negro Farmers and Workers Conference scheduled a special session designed to deal more fundamentally with the causes and solution to rural people and farm problems. This then represents the renewal of the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference under the guidance of Mr. L. A Potts, Dean of the School of Agriculture, Nr. L. J. Washington of USDA which continues to function as a major out-reach activity of the University.

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference began in 1942 mainly with Tuskegee University and local and state support and participation. It is now national in scope including representatives from the national land grant community, and from the state, federal, and private sectors.

The Role of Tuskegee University in the Origin, Growth, and Development of the Negro Cooperative Extension System: 1881-1990. B.D. Mayberry (1989), Tuskegee University, AL, pp. 139-140.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity, and equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources. The conference began in 1942 mainly with Tuskegee University and local and state support and participation. It is now national in scope including representatives from the national land-grant community, and from state, federal, private and community-based organization sectors.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND THE PAWC?

Anyone who is associated with the agricultural industry, whether a farmer, government representative, land-grant college faculty or staff will want to attend to engage with others in the field and explore the latest developments in agriculture and outreach.

Vision

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources.

Mission

To enhance the skills and contributions of agricultural and related professionals (business, government, university and community professionals) involved in discovery, dissemination and use of emerging technologies, information, problem solving, policy formulation and strategy development for the advancement of people and communities.

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide an annual forum for the exchange of cutting-edge knowledge and information.
  • Initiate and follow-up on programs and policy initiatives.
  • Provide information for public decision-makers and stakeholders.
  • Recognize and award those professionals who have made outstanding contributions to society.
  • Mentor and nurture generations of professionals (agricultural and related sciences).
  • Facilitate partnerships, collaborations, networking among corporations, individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • Foster professional development and life-long learning opportunities.
  • Foster an environment for institutional capacity building for people, organizations, and communities.

Urban Revitalization Strategist, MacArthur Fellow & Peabody Award Winning Broadcaster

http://www.majoracartergroup.com/

Cannabis Professional, Business Development + Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager

https://tahirjohnson.mailchimpsites.com

Duron Chavis, Urban Community Advocate

https://duronchavis.com

Monica White, University of Wisconsin

http://monicamariewhite.com/bio/

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Agenda

78TH PROFESSIONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS CONFERENCEDECEMBER 5-7, 2021

“FORGING PATHS TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES: LOCAL & GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES”

Sunday, December 5, 2021

  12:00 pm CST
Virtual Doors Open
  12:00 pm – 12:30 pm CST
PAWC - GSD Student + Competition - Opening session
  12:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST
PAWC Virtual Help Desk
The Virtual Showcase Opens
  12:30 pm – 5:00 pm CST
Student Paper and Poster Competition

Session 1: Undergraduate Oral

Session 2: Graduate Oral I

Session 3: Graduate Oral II

Poster Exhibit Hall

  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST
Tomorrow’s Agricultural Professional Symposium (TAPS) – Collegiate Program

Session 4

  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm CST
Tuskegee University Christmas Concert



Monday, December 6, 2021

  8:45 am CST
Virtual Doors Open
  9:00 am – 9:45 am CST
79th PAWC Opening Session
  10:00 am – 10:45 am
Fireside Chat with Majora Carter “Community as a Corporation: Talent-Retention in Low-Status America”

Majora Carter

Urban Revitalization Strategist, MacArthur Fellow & Peabody Award Winning Broadcaster http://www.majoracartergroup.com/

  11:00 am – 11:45 am
Fireside Chat with Tahir Johnson, U.S. Cannabis Council & the Marijuana Policy Report

Tahir Johnson

Cannabis Professional, Business Development + Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager https://tahirjohnson.mailchimpsites.com

12:45 am – 1:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions I

1890 Center for Farming Systems, Rural Prosperity & Economic Sustainability (CFSRPES) Update

Session 5

Grant Writing Tips For Success

Session 6

Where do we Grow from Here?

Session 7

Maya Solomon

American Forest Foundation

Beattra Wilson

USDA Forest Service, Urban& Community Forestry

Erika Davis

USDA Forest Service, Urban& Community Forestry

Terry Baker

Society of American Foresters

  2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions II

Engaging Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers – Policy Center Update

Session 8

APHIS Outreach Overview

Session 9

L.A. Potts Success Stories Presentation

Session 10

  3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Concurrent Session III

Small Business Spotlight

Session 11

Research in Heir Property

Session 12

Organizing for Better Farm & Food Policy – 2023 Farm Bill Listening Session

Session 13

  4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions IV

A Place of Being: The Pilot of Minorities in Wildlife Ecology and Natural Resource Sciences

Session 14

Global Food Security & Ag Education Exchange

Session 15

Osei-Agyeman Yeboah

Caleb Nindo

Fredrick Aila

TBD

Issah Sugri

Lixia Tang

Diversifying Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources

Session 16

  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Live Jazz Performance & Dinner with Fiona Lewis, LLBJ Culinary & Wellness Enterprises



Tuesday, December 7, 2021

  8:45 am CST
Virtual Doors Open
  9:00 am – 9:45 am
PAWC Advisory Board Meeting
  10:00 am – 10:45 am
Fireside Chat with Duron Chavis

Duron Chavis

Duron Chavis, Urban Community Advocate
https://duronchavis.com

  11:00 am – 11:45 am
Freedom Farmers: The Liberation of Black Farmers and The Future of Agroecology

Monica White

University of Wisconsin
http://monicamariewhite.com/bio/

Jennifer Taylor

FAMU

  12:45 pm – 1:30 pm CST

Concurrent Sessions VI

Strategies for Managing Stress During COVID- 19

Session 17

Memorial Recognition

Session 18

Veterinary Services 101 Briefing

Session 19

  2:00 pm– 2:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions VII

Farmer Spotlight – Haidek Farm

Session 20

Demonstration & Overview of Interfolio Faculty 180 Software

Session 22

  2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Alabama Junior MANRRS Leadership Institute & Pre-College TAPS

Tuskegee University – Henderson Hall

  3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions VIII

Global Ag Trade

Session 23

Adam Branson

Sr. Agricultural Attache, Office of Agricultural Affairs, FAS, US Embassy, Beijing China

Erik Hansen

Agricultural Trade Office, US Consulate General, Shanghai China

Quintin Gray

Gray and Associates

Mitigating Structural Impediments & Challenges Impacting Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

Session 24

New Tool for Assessing Faculty with Tripartite Land Grant Appointments

Session 25

  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
G.W.C. Awardees & GSD Student Award Announcements




Wednesday, December 8, 2021

  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Alabama Junior MANRRS Leadership Institute & Pre-College TAPS

ALFA


Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Frequently Asked Questions

A virtual conference is hosted on the Internet which means that participants can attend from the comfort of their devices wherever they are in the world. Similar to a physical conference, there are keynote speakers, workshops, as well as sponsor booths. You will be able to ask questions and interact with speakers, sponsors and attendees.
Anyone interested in attending is welcome to register.

To login on the day (or during the 30-day on demand period), simply visit 2021pawc.vfairs.com  and enter your registered email address. Your login details will also be outlined in your registration confirmation email and reminder email.

No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet. You can do this via a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.
Yes, you can ask questions after each presentation in the chat. For general enquiries you can go to the enquiries desk and speak to a VDC staff member.
The session times are all in CST (Central Standard Time).

The following accessibility features are included:

  • Captioning of all speaker presentations in English (on-demand presentations only)
  • Ability to increase or decrease font size
  • Screen reader compatible (except in networking and Q&A chat boxes)
  • Colour contrast mode
All sessions and online resources will be put up On-Demand accessible via the virtual conference website which you will be able to access for up to 30 days after the conference.
Yes. You will have access to your own virtual satchel with resources from the event that you can email them to yourself at the end of the day. You will be able to come back over the next 30 days after the event to collect more resources.

If you have any technical issues on the live day, you can contact the Technical Support Team in the main lobby.