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Division of Ag’s community development program names Arkansas Goat Festival organizer winner of people’s choice award

By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
June 13, 2017

Fast Facts:

  • Perry woman, organizer of Arkansas Goat Festival, awarded by peers
  • Breakthrough Solutions concentrates on community, economic development 

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LITTLE ROCK – A Perry, Arkansas resident was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the recent community and economic development conference in Little Rock for a five-minute presentation promoting the Arkansas Goat Festival.

Sarah French, a co-owner of Crescent Creek Farms in Perry and an alum of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s LeadAR leadership training program, delivered a five-minute talk known as an “IGNITE” presentation at the Breakthrough Solutions Conference on June 8.

Breakthrough Solutions is a program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, with a purpose to equip communities and regions to prosper in the 21st century economy and partners in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  

Mark Peterson, Professor of Community and Economic Development for the Division of Agriculture, said the award reflects the strength of the impression French made on her fellow conference attendees. 

“The People’s Choice Award is given to the most compelling IGNITE presentation at the conference,” Peterson said. “The conference participants all vote to select the winner.” 

French created the Arkansas Goat Festival, which features live music and a wide variety of goat-related activities, including goat races, a goat cheese making demonstration, goat yoga and much more. 

The first Arkansas Goat Festival took place in 2016 in Perryville. The festival will return Oct. 7. 

To learn about community and economic development through the Division of Agriculture, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.edu

 

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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