August 11, 2008  

Contact: Heather Gray 404 765 0991

USDA Secretary Edward Schafer to Address Federation/LAF Membership on August 15, 2008

Epes, Alabama …On August 15, 2008, the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafer (pictured above) will address the membership of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund’s at the organization’s Rural Training and Research Center in Epes, Alabama.  

“We are pleased the Secretary will speak with our membership,” said Ralph Paige, Executive Director. “With the new Farm Bill passed in 2008 there is considerable interest on the part of the African American farming community for programs that will assist them and other family farmers across the country. They will be interested in hearing from the Secretary about these and other USDA issues and programs.”

Mr. Schafer will we speaking in the early afternoon on Friday, August 15.

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/land Assistance Fund’s Training & Research Center is located in west Alabama off I-20, 5 miles north of the Epes, Alabama Post Office on Sumter County Road 21.

For a schedule of the Federation/LAF’s workshops please go to the website at

For additional information, please contact the Federation’s office in Atlanta at 404 765 0991 or the Epes, Alabama office at 205 652 9676.

Note: The Federation/LAF, now in its 40th year, assists Black family farmers across the South with farm management, debt restructuring, alternative crop suggestions, marketing expertise and a whole range of services to ensure family farm survivability. 
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