78th Annual Professional Agricultural Workers Conference

6-8 December 2020 | 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (CST)

AUGUST 2-3

6-8 December 2020

NO TRAVEL NEEDED

NO TRAVEL NEEDED

LEARN & NETWORK

LEARN & NETWORK

PAWC History

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) was initiated by Booker T. Washington in 1894. It actually evolved out of Washington’s reaction to the success and excitement of the first Farmers Conference in 1892. Dr. Booker T. Washington was so pleased with the success of the first Farmers Conference that he established it as an annual activity of the institution. According to Allen W. Jones, “the second conference in February 1893 was attended by some 800 persons representing almost every section of Alabama and the South. In 1894 and 1895 the attendance increased to over 1000 and by 1898 the attendance exceeded 2000. Because of growing attendance, Washington held a two-day conference in 1894. The first day was the Farmers Conference and the second day was the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference that was composed of teachers from Negro institutions of higher education in the south.”

Over the years since 1894, expansion of the conference, changes in institutional priorities and dynamics of socio-economics of rural people and agriculture, have caused a variety of changes in the second day portion of the annual conference. Some of these changes included: (1) Women’s Conference, (2) Farm and Home Short Courses, (3) Fat Cattle Show and Sales, (4) other specialty activities for the benefit of rural people. One other major activity in the evolution of the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference occurred in 1941 when the professional agricultural workers who were attending the Tuskegee Negro Farmers and Workers Conference scheduled a special session designed to deal more fundamentally with the causes and solution to rural people and farm problems. This then represents the renewal of the Professional Agricultural Workers Conference under the guidance of Mr. L. A Potts, Dean of the School of Agriculture, Nr. L. J. Washington of USDA which continues to function as a major out-reach activity of the University.

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference began in 1942 mainly with Tuskegee University and local and state support and participation. It is now national in scope including representatives from the national land grant community, and from the state, federal, and private sectors.

The Role of Tuskegee University in the Origin, Growth, and Development of the Negro Cooperative Extension System: 1881-1990. B.D. Mayberry (1989), Tuskegee University, AL, pp. 139-140.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity, and equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources. The conference began in 1942 mainly with Tuskegee University and local and state support and participation. It is now national in scope including representatives from the national land-grant community, and from state, federal, private and community-based organization sectors.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND THE PAWC?

Anyone who is associated with the agricultural industry, whether a farmer, government representative, land-grant college faculty or staff will want to attend to engage with others in the field and explore the latest developments in agriculture and outreach.

Vision

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources.

Mission

To enhance the skills and contributions of agricultural and related professionals (business, government, university and community professionals) involved in discovery, dissemination and use of emerging technologies, information, problem solving, policy formulation and strategy development for the advancement of people and communities.

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide an annual forum for the exchange of cutting-edge knowledge and information.
  • Initiate and follow-up on programs and policy initiatives.
  • Provide information for public decision-makers and stakeholders.
  • Recognize and award those professionals who have made outstanding contributions to society.
  • Mentor and nurture generations of professionals (agricultural and related sciences).
  • Facilitate partnerships, collaborations, networking among corporations, individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • Foster professional development and life-long learning opportunities.
  • Foster an environment for institutional capacity building for people, organizations, and communities.

Agenda (Day 1)

Theme: Disparities & Racial Injustices in Agriculture & Rural Communities: Ways Forward

Sunday 6 December 2020

  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST
  12:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST
  12:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST
  12:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST
  12:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST
  1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
  1:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST
  6:00 PM – 6:45 PM CST



Monday 7 December 2020

  9:15 AM – 10:00 AM CST
  10:00 AM – 10:45 AM CST
  Session 1
  Session 2
  Session 3
  12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
  Session 4
  Session 5
  Session 6
  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST
  3:15 PM – 4:00 PM CST



Tuesday 8 December 2020

  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM CST
  Session 7
  Session 8
  Session 9
  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
  Session 10
  Session 11
  Session 12
  Session 13
  Session 14
  Session 15
  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Frequently Asked Questions

A virtual conference is hosted on the Internet which means that participants can attend from the comfort of their devices wherever they are in the world. Similar to a physical conference, there are keynote speakers, workshops, as well as sponsor booths. You will be able to ask questions and interact with speakers, sponsors and attendees.
Anyone interested in attending is welcome to register.

To login on the day (or during the 30-day on demand period), simply visit pawc.vfairs.com  and enter your registered email address. Your login details will also be outlined in your registration confirmation email and reminder email.

No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet. You can do this via a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone.
Yes, you can ask questions after each presentation in the chat. For general enquiries you can go to the enquiries desk and speak to a VDC staff member.
The session times are all in CST (Central Standard Time).

The following accessibility features are included:

  • Captioning of all speaker presentations in English (on-demand presentations only)
  • Ability to increase or decrease font size
  • Screen reader compatible (except in networking and Q&A chat boxes)
  • Colour contrast mode
All sessions and online resources will be put up On-Demand accessible via the virtual conference website which you will be able to access for up to 30 days after the conference.
Yes. You will have access to your own virtual satchel with resources from the event that you can email them to yourself at the end of the day. You will be able to come back over the next 30 days after the event to collect more resources.

If you have any technical issues on the live day, you can contact the Technical Support Team in the main lobby.