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October 2012 ......


From the President
Drenda Williams

 hope everyone is excited about the upcoming 2012 Outreach and Ag Expo as I am.  We are pleased to host our first Outreach and Ag Education Expo on November 30 – December 2, 2012.  The Expo theme is “Reframing the Struggles of Minority Landownership in Urban and Rural America.”  It will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel (formerly known as the Old King Edward Historical hotel) located at 235 West Capitol Street in Jackson, MS.

Because we want to make sure everyone who wants to attend can, we are waiving the additional $50 late registration fee.  Anyone who registers will now pay at the early registration rate and can do so at www.TheNOPBNRCSE.org/expo under the Outreach and Ag Education Expo section.  The deadline for pre-registration is November 16, 2012.  If you were charged a late registration fee, it will be refunded to you shortly.

We are excited about the speakers who will be attending the Expo.  Take the time to review the agenda; it has been updated and is located at www.thenopbnrcse.org/expo.

There is also an opportunity for chapters to have an ad in the program booklet.  If you are interested in submitting an ad please complete the ad form no later than November 2, 2012. For those chapters who have already submitted and paid for an ad for 2011, your ad will be applied to the Expo program.  If you would like to update the ad you submitted you may resubmit a current ad.  For details, visit our website at www.thenopbnrcse.org/expo.  

We are aware that some members cannot financially afford to attend at their own expense; we currently have scholarship opportunities for members who would like to request assistance.  All scholarships are subject to Executive Board approval. 

Important things to remember:
•             Deadline to make room reservations are November 9, 2012
•             Deadline for preregistration is November 16, 2012
•             Registration begins at 12 noon on November 30, 2012.
•             The member concurrent sessions being at 2 pm on November 30, 2012
•             Expo Opening General Session is at 6 pm on November 30th, 2012

Again this is an exciting time for NOPBNRCSE.  We look forward to seeing you at the Expo.


Drenda Williams

2012 Expo Scholarships Available
Call for Moderators

Financial scholarships are available for the 2012 Ag Outreach & Education Expo. The scholarship will cover registration fees (up to $150), and may cover some travel expenses, if applicable.

To apply, applicants must be currently employed as a part-time, full-time, or intern of the USDA NRCS at a GS-9 level or below. Applicants must submit an essay application describing their interest in attending the 2012 Expo and how this scholarship will benefit them. Applicants must complete this application in its entirety before November 2, 2012.  Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award by November 16.  Approval is determined to the Executive Board.

The Organization is calling for moderators to serve in the 21012 Expo.  Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Monica Jones at msj62@hotmail.com to submit your name. Requests should be submitted no later than November 5, 2012.
Pearlie S. Reed Inducted in Arkansas Hall of Fame
Pearlie ReedOn October 20, Organization member Pearlie S. Reed, along with five other African Americans with great achievements, was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame.
Pearlie S. Reed most recently served as the Assistant Secretary for Administration from May 2009 until he retired in June 2012.  Since 2003, Reed worked as a consultant in his own firm focusing on agriculture, conservation, economic development and management issues. Prior to 2003, he held a variety of positions at USDA throughout a distinguished 35 year career.
Over the course of his career, he has received numerous awards and honors including the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award for strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.
Other honorees include:
Lennie Williams - Renowned R&B recording artist, singer, and songwriter
Jerry T. Hodges - Legendary member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen
Dr. Charles E. Phillips, Jr. - CEO of Infor Global Solutions
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Iconic music pioneer known as the "Godmother of Gospel and Rock Music"
Lt. Col. Yolonda R. Summons - Deputy Chief of Staff at the Pentagon
The 20th annual induction ceremony was held at the Statehouse Convention Center's Wally Allen Ballroom. The money raised supports the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation's efforts to benefit organizations in the state that serve the Black community.
 Hall of Fame Dedication- New Farmers of America
The Langston University Agricultural Alumni Association (LUAAA) recently honored all their past Oklahoma New Farmers of America (NFA) vocational agriculture teachers and advisors in a special Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Prior to 1965 Black students in 18 southern states could not belong to the national Future Farmers of America (FFA). So from 1935-65 a national counterpart was developed for Black youth, called the New Farmers of America (NFA). Many of our Organization senior members were trained in the NFA throughout the south. This is an integral part of our agricultural education Black History. Those who didn't live it need to know their Black History and how we/they arrived where we are today!
The Organization is proud of those members who dedicated themselves to improving the lives of Black farm families through quality youth education.



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