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Georgia College hosts discussion series for African-American farmers

David Domingue (WGXA)

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- African-American farmers came together at Georgia College for the "Black Farmer Listening Session" on Friday.

Dr. Veronica Womack, chief diversity officer at Georgia College, is sponsoring the event as part of her work helping African-American farmers and landowners in the Southern Black Belt region. This area. represents more than 300 impoverished counties from Texas, up the Mississippi River, across Alabama and Georgia, dipping into Florida and up the Carolinas as far north as Virginia.

"To speak to African-American farmers about their experiences and how they contribute to the Southern food ways and the culture of the Black Belt, and I am just thrilled that they are here on the campus of Georgia College," Womack said.

The event gave community leaders, farmers, land-owners and health-food advocates a chance to talk about farming and the African-American community.

Womack said, "The information about the services that the USDA provides at the local level it - is important that those farmers know what those services and programs are, and there is often a disconnect or miscommunication of what the USDA is supposed to be doing in rural communities."

On Saturday, April 14, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the Maxwell Student Union, an information session will be held on “African-American Land Ownership and How to Prepare Deeds for the Next Generation.”

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