By Lynda Jones
The "Minority Landowner Magazine" recently recognized Cather Woods of Houston County for being the publications's first paid subscriber.
The magazine presented Woods with a large plaque during its Ninth Anniversary Conference in Houston Feb. 26-28.
The magazine's publisher, Victor L. Harris, said that Woods' encouraging words provided much of the incentive he needed to become successful.
Others from Houston County who attended the conference were Ina McCoo, Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Colter, Mr. and Mrs. Len Wooten, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Wagner, Korey Hicks, Rosemary McCullough, Pearl Adams and the Katrese family.
The event featured discussions about "Family Farms and Finances", "How I Diversified My Operation", "Crop Isurance and Farm Bill Overview", "NRCS Conservation Programs", "Land, Wills and Estate Planning" and "Faces of American Agriculture".
The conference was dedicated to the memory of Helen Dubose, who was considered the First Lady of African-American Agriculture. Dubose, born in 1919, was a pioneer for minority women in agriculture. She passed awya on Jan. 24.
Minority landowners from throughout the United States attended the conference. Some were from as far away as Montana, Utah and Florida.
The magazine is published quarterly by the Cierra Publishing Company in North Carolina. For more information about the magazine, visit www.minoritylandowner.com.