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Dell-Cam Farm selected for Model Farm Tour July 19
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Dell-Cam Farm selected for Model Farm Tour July 19

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Dewayne Goldmon, owner and operator of Dell-Cam Farm, has been selected to host a 2012 Model Farm tour by the National Black Growers Council. This is the second year that Goldmon's farm has been included on the Model Farm tour. His farm demonstrates integrated usage of U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and agricultural technologies to improve farm productivity.

Dell-Cam Farm will be open to the public Thursday, July 19, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Farmers can tour the farm at 9 a.m. to see results of the implementation of USDA programs. Goldmon grows corn, wheat and rice. His farm is located at 16401 U.S. Highway 79N in Wabbaseka, between Altheimer and Wabbaseka on the north side of Highway 79.

The Model Farm tours are supported by USDA's 2501 grant program, administered by its Office of Advocacy and Outreach. Model farms showcase "the best that agriculture has to offer," says Dr. Henry English, director, Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Goldmon works closely with Dr. English and the Small Farm Program.

Various USDA agency reps will share details on implementation of their programs. Corporate sponsors include Monsanto and John Deere companies. Monsanto reps will showcase the latest seed and trait technologies in corn and soybeans and discuss weed control options for glyphosate resistant weeds. John Deere reps will demonstrate the latest equipment options including guidance systems and precision agriculture. Variable rate technologies will also be discussed.

Those planning to tour Goldmon’s farm should meet at UAPB on July 19, at 8 a.m., in the S.J. Parker Extension Complex Auditorium. Participants will board buses at 8:15 a.m. to go to the Dell-Cam Farm. Those driving south to Pine Bluff on U.S. Highway 79, can register at the Dell-Cam Farm and avoid a trip to the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex. Plan to arrive on the farm by 8:30 a.m. Participants will return to UAPB at noon where they can attend sessions on USDA program updates, farm improvement opportunities and legislative updates. The program will end at 1 p.m.

NBGC has partnered with UAPB and Morehouse Black Farmers and Landowners Association (a community based organization headquartered in Bastrop, La.) to reach Black row-crop farmers. The mission of the National Black Growers Council is to improve the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of Black row-crop farmers.

The S.J. Parker Extension Complex is located on the corner of L.A. "Prexy" Davis Drive and Oliver Road, off University Drive. For more information, contact Kellye Luckett, (870) 575-7226.

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