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New business opportunities, such as meat goat production, exist for farm families to diversify their small farm operations and to explore alternative enterprises and innovative marketing systems to increase their farm income. For more than twenty-five years Tuskegee University (TU) has played a leading role in goat research and as a resource for small and minority farmers involved in goat production. The Tuskegee University held its inaugural Master Goat Producer’s Training Certification (MGPC) Program in August 2008 to provide new and established producers an opportunity to access up-to-date and accurate information on how to raise healthy, productive meat goats.

The 9th Annual MGPC Program is scheduled to be held at the Tuskegee University Caprine Research and Education Unit on August 1-3, 2016 with a “Grants for Producers” pre-program workshop event sponsored by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) on Sunday, July 31 at 6PM.

In conjunction with the Tuskegee University Caprine Research and Education team, contributors from Alabama A & M University, Auburn University, Florida A & M University, Fort Valley State University, University of Georgia, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and others provide a comprehensive training program with classes on herd health, marketing, nutrition and pasture management, bio-security, bio-terrorism awareness, quality assurance, disaster preparedness, reproductive management and much, much more.

The program also includes hands-on training in hoof trimming, assessing body condition scores, judging livestock, FAMACHA and microscopic fecal examinations, pasture management and more with three levels of program certification available. Since its inception, ~130 producers and agricultural professions have been trained as a result of this program.

Registration materials are now available and may be obtained from Marilyn Hooks at [email protected] at or 334-727-8453.

Early registration ($75) deadline is July 16 with late registration $100 thereafter.  Registration begins April 18, 2015.

Lodging scholarships are available for the first 10 registrants (outside 60 mile radius of Tuskegee, AL); applications received before April 18, 2016 will not be considered for the lodging scholarship.

More information at http://www.tuskegee.edu/academics/colleges/caens/master_goat_producer_training.aspx.

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