Alcorn State University Model State Program

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2021: $11,111.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2022
Grant Recipient: Alcorn State University
Region: Southern
State: Mississippi
State Coordinators:
Dr. Franklin Chukwuma
Alcorn State University
Dr. Leyla Rios
Department of Animal & Dairy Sciences at Mississippi State University


  • Agronomic: mustard, sorghum (sweet), vetches
  • Vegetables: beans, broccoli, cabbages, greens (leafy), okra, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips
  • Animals: goats
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms, syrup


  • Animal Production: grazing management
  • Crop Production: agroforestry, alley cropping, conservation tillage, cover crops, cropping systems, crop rotation, fertilizers, forest farming, nutrient management, organic fertilizers, silvopasture
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, focus group, mentoring, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, technical assistance, workshop, youth education
  • Farm Business Management: agricultural finance, budgets/cost and returns, cooperatives, marketing management
  • Pest Management: biological control, chemical control, cultural control, physical control, soil solarization
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: green manures, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: quality of life, social networks, urban agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Model Plan of Work is a culmination of the involvement of the State Sustainable Agriculture Committee. This committee is composed of representatives from both 1862 & 1890 Extension Organizations, Federal and State Government Agencies, NGOs, and farmers. A program assistant has been employed to assist the state coordinators and the members of this committee in carrying out the training objectives set forth in this model plan. The main objective of this plan is to include all of the various SARE programs into a seamless program. This plan includes more public awareness of SARE through either individual contacts made during regional/district/county workshops or a state wide Sustainable Agriculture conference. Training goals will be reached by means of in-service education, conferences, workshops, demonstrations, field days, tours, and publications. The different media sources of the stakeholders will also be used to help reach the different focal groups set forth in this plan. Training materials developed by SARE will be incorporated into the training for extension staff. Attendance at National/Regional Conferences will be encouraged as a means of further professional development in sustainable Agriculture. Some training may be conducted jointly between both land grant universities in the state. Evaluation will be done using the logic model by the evaluation team. All institutions and agencies involved are committed to this plan and have committed resources of time, money, and personnel to carry it out

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The main objective of the Model State Program is to incorporate all aspects of SARE into our State outreach program to expand knowledge and promote the adoption of sustainable agriculture practices to all farms and farmers regardless of size and type of production throughout Mississippi. The Committee will evaluate the objectives of the Model State Program and prioritize the programs and training that meets the most crucial needs in our state. Efforts will be made by the committee to leverage other resources with our funds in order to most effectively meet these needs.

    To accomplish our mission our specific objectives are:

              A) Strengthen links of communication among Mississippi Universities, State and Federal Agencies, NGO’s, Farmers, and communities.

              B) Seek to establish SARE as a familiar positive concept with farmers, NGO’s and public.

              C) Increase efforts to get Extension Specialists, Field Agents and other Agency staff members to incorporate Sustainable Agriculture concepts in educational activities.

              D) Increase involvement in the various grant programs.

              E) Seek to make both commodity groups and legislative leaders aware of Sustainable Agriculture and its implications to all-Mississippians – both producers and consumers.





    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.