Residents learn about upcoming training sessions offered by Southern University

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Using the drone, one of the technological devices, are Camryn Scott, a senior at Natchitoches Central High School and member of the (HTGN) committee, Dr. Marlin Ford and committee member Helen Love.

In preparation for the new training and certification effort offered by the Southern University and A&M College-Agricultural Research Center, and hosted by the Help To Grow Natchitoches (HTGN) committee and the Krewe of Excellence, Natchitoches Parish residents filled the auxiliary room at First Baptist Church-Amulet for a town hall meeting June 3 to get specific information on the four areas of training that will be offered by the University.

In an effort to provide measures to enhance communities around Louisiana, Southern University and A&M College has launched a new community development concept through the historic land grant University’s agricultural research and extension center from the Baton Rouge campus. This endeavor has four free certification training topic areas. They include Small Business Development, Food and Farm Safety, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Master Small (goat, sheep) Ruminant.

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The trainings will be facilitated through (bus) classrooms and at First Baptist Church. Program coordinators William Augustine and Dr. Marlin Ford presented the details to the crowd. Small business development will be the first four-session training offered, starting June 17.

Each training concept will conclude with a registered certification ceremony. “We are honored to have the program’s concept in Natchitoches and the family life and educational center at the church to be extended to the community at-large,” said the Rev. Thomas Carter Sr., pastor of First Baptist-Amulet.