March 6 and 7, 2020

Where: Mississippi State University Extension
Bost Conference Center
Mississippi State University


$25 by February 28
$35 at the door.

Send checks and registration form to:
Mississippi Women for Agriculture
834 Hwy 12 West Ste.
254 Starkville, MS 39759

Call Sylvia Clark, (662) 325-1696 if you need more information.

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Hamp Beatty

Hamp Beatty provides economic development assistance to local governments, working in conjunction with Mississippi State University Extension Service offices throughout the state. Mr. Beatty also provides business counseling and training to start-up and existing small businesses.

He is a graduate of Mississippi College and served as the mayor of Newton, MS from 1992 – 2005 before coming to MSU. He is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent and has owned and operated a small business since 1985.

Natasha McCrary

About 1818 Farms

After one of my sons became interested in raising his own sheep, I began to dream my own plans for a small profitable farm where we could teach our children to appreciate the land and animals and to be good conservationists. We also wanted to teach them the importance of sustainability and eating local "real" food. - Natasha McCrary

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Located on three acres in the northwest corner of the historic village of Mooresville, AL (pop. 58), 1818 Farms is named for the year Mooresville was incorporated, one year before Alabama became a state. The happy animal residents on our little farm include Babydoll Southdown sheep, a Nubian goat, cats, hens, a pot-bellied pig, mini pigs, and Great Pyrenees guardian dogs. In an adjacent field, over 10,000 flowers show off their best colors and blooms, having been lovingly and carefully tended to, bringing beauty today and providing seeds for future seasons.

Events of all types are hosted in the garden, under the pavilions and in the adjacent Garden House. Bloom strolls, supper and garden club gatherings, and "Farm to Table" dinners hosted by some of the area's top chefs all take place on our farm. The Garden House is also home to a series of classes including: raised bed gardening, food preservation, seed starting, raising backyard chickens, knitting, wreath making, and flower preparation and arranging . Additionally, the landscape of our historic farm makes a beautiful backdrop for special event photo shoots. 1818 Farms' bath and beauty products have grown from our commitment to our farm and the need for simple products that really work. Featured on the labels are some of the more popular farm animals, from Farrah Fawcett's Bath Tea and Clover's Lip Smack to Sweet Pea and her scented Shea Creme. These products are all handmade, hand packaged and include therapeutic grade ingredients. You can find our products in stores throughout the United States and on our online site. Despite our growth over the years, we continue to use our original small batch recipes to make the simple and effective bath and body favorites you have come to expect from 1818 Farms. As we grow, we continue to reinforce the education component of our mission. In 2017, we began our "Seed to Vase" initiative with the goal of educating others on ways to identify, grow, harvest and arrange seasonally grown flowers. Through our Seed to Vase initiative, we are sharing our gardening knowledge, as well as the beautiful flowers growing on our farm . We use heirloom and saved flower seeds whenever possible and have found many varieties that do quite well in our area. This information is included in what we discuss in our flower classes and events. We also love to share this knowledge and experience with others when we are out and about with the 1818 Farms Flower Truck. Our Flower Truck is a way to bring information, as well as beautiful flowers, to those who visit. You can learn more about our Farm and the 1818 Farms Flower Truck at

Mission Statement

Life the way it used to be..... Preserving history and honoring tradition by working a sustainable farm, producing handmade products, and educating the public on the value of self-sufficiency, craftsmanship, and a strong sense of community.

Ann Tackett

Ann Tackett, manager of Aberdeen Main Street for 8 years, has turned her job into a passion- preservation and restoration. Main Street received an ARC healthy community sustainability grant in 2013.

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The depot was donated and grant funds helped restore building, add a commercial kitchen for canning activities, a space for a farmers market, a beautiful outside venue for receptions, and two rooms to house Aberdeen memorabilia and old historical pictures. This summer we plan to offer classes for children in growing vegetables, simple sewing activities, and canning. Various grants, gifts and donations have made this all possible, and It has been a great partnership within our community.

Partners include MS State Extension, Carl Small Town Center, Monroe County supervisors, Monroe County Sheriff’s Dept. , City of Aberdeen, ARC, Kansas City Southern railroad, and numerous generous individuals.

Daniel Boggs

Daniel Boggs is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Greater Greenville Housing and Revitalization Association, Inc., Greater Greenville Development Foundation, Inc., and Main Street Greenville. All three (3) organizations are Mississippi based 501(c)(3) Community Development Corporations which focus on a variety of relevant issues and/or projects that promote and increase the quality of life for Delta residents.

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Mr. Boggs entire professional career has been dedicated to community, residential and commercial planning and development in the public, for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to coming to Greenville in 2012, Mr. Boggs served as an original team member in the Office of Recovery for the state of Mississippi which developed and implemented housing programs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Over the past fifteen (15) years, Mr. Boggs has managed over Five Hundred Thirty-Nine Million Dollars ($539,000,000.00) in federal, state and private funding for various types of community enhancement projects. In 2019, Mr. Boggs was named a top 10 finalist in the Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 50 under 40 for the state of Mississippi. In addition, Mr. Boggs was recently recognized as a top CEO for the state of Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a 2004 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture.

Lauren-Colby Nickels

Lauren-Colby Nickels is an Extension Instructor for the Center for Technology Outreach within Mississippi State University. She is ABD, pursuing her doctorate in Agricultural Education, Leadership & Communication. She received her Master of Public Policy & Administration and Bachelor of Communication from Mississippi State University.

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Lauren-Colby's expertise is in digital outreach and marketing. She helps small businesses and organizations build their brand and marketing plan using digital outreach such as websites, social media and third-party affiliates like Google and Yelp. She facilitates workshops on the importance of digital literacy and technology outreach. She facilitates multiple educational programs for MSU Extension, and she has received several grants and funding opportunities to power programmatic missions.

She has been selected for multiple speaking opportunities to promote digital marketing, cyber security and outreach. She is currently conducting a qualitative study on the impact of social media as a digital outreach tool within Mississippi State University Extension personnel. She serves as an Active Member and the Alumnae Relations Coordinator for Junior Auxiliary of Starkville, MS where she lives with her husband Joe, baby girl Sunny and dog Rosco.

Julie White

Julie White is an Extension Associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service focusing on agricultural literacy along with the development and coordination of two programs, FARMtastic, a statewide agriculture literacy program for 2nd – 4th graders and iFARM, an agriculture day camp held on the MSU Campus for 5th-8th graders. Julie spent 15 years (19 years total) as a County Extension Agent prior to her current assignment.

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Continuing a family tradition, Julie and her husband are fifth generation farmers on White Farms in Starkville, Mississippi where they raise beef cattle. While farming is a tradition, Julie says it is truly a way of life for her, and that there is nothing better than watching their baby calves run across the pastures. Following the way she was raised, she and her husband are working to teach their children (Matthew (14) and Morgan (12)) how to take care of the land and animals that have been entrusted to them.

In 2013 she was awarded the Mississippi Farm Bureau Agricultural Ambassador Award, she is a 2017 graduate of the American Farm Bureau Partners in Agricultural Leadership Class 8. Was selected in 2018 as a McCloy Agriculture Fellow through the American Council on Germany and Southeast Farm Mom of the Year through America’s Farmers (Monsanto). She has recently been named the 2019 Mississippi Farm Bureau Farm Woman of the Year.

Dr. Jeff Wilson

B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from Auburn University
Ph.D. in Agricultural Information Sciences from Mississippi State University
35+ years in horticulture

Worked with wholesale and retail nursery production, sod production, and landscape design, installation and maintenance.
16+ year with Extension as Regional Horticulturist and now Assistant Horticulture Professor.
Current role is State Master Gardener Coordinator.
Research focuses on Ornamental and Vegetable Horticulture.

Bill Evans

Bill Evans is Director of Horticulture for the Up in Farms Food Hub in Jackson. There, he is growing growers, training them in food safety, production, and resource conservation using their Farm QMS system. Before joining Up in Farms, Bill was a MAFES Research Scientist in vegetable crops for nearly two decades at the Truck Crops Branch in Crystal Springs. His research has included organic and conventional production, high tunnel culture, variety trials, cover crops, and soil and plant nutrition. Dr. Bill has lived and worked with some of the top 100 growers in the country and some of the very smallest. He and his son operate Little Leaf Farm, which has 200 blueberry plants and grows over 10,000 seedlings a year for Foot Print Farms and others around the Jackson area.