ERIC Number: ED335170
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Agriculture in the Social and Economic Development of the Lower Mississippi River Delta Region. Proceedings of a Regional Conference (Memphis, Tennessee, February 26-28, 1990).
North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.; Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.
The lower Mississippi River delta region comprises 214 counties in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois. The region is heavily dependent on agriculture and contains unusually high proportions of small farms, poor farmers, and black farmers. A conference planned by the region's 13 land-grant institutions and 2 rural development centers examined the role of agriculture in the delta's socioeconomic system and identified ways that agriculture could contribute to economic development. Keynote speakers reviewed the economic, social, political, and educational history of the region and offered a public policy perspective on the region and its potential place in world trade. Four papers discussed the concept of economic development through"value-added" food industries that increase the value of agricultural raw materials. Four papers examined alternative agricultural enterprises such as organically grown blueberries, and sustainable farming systems that are both ecologically and economically sound. Three papers discussed institutional support for delta agriculture, particularly agricultural education, research, and extension provided by strong systems of 1862 and 1890 land-grant universities. Three papers reviewed the special problems of black and limited-resource farmers. Three papers outlined marketing strategies to expand production of basic commodity crops, commercial vegetables, aquaculture products, and forest products. This proceedings record contains summaries of roundtable discussions and recommendations on each topic area. (SV)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lower Mississippi Delta Development Commission, Memphis, TN.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.; Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State, MS.