Alston Lecture to Highlight Historic Black Farm Organization


AMES, Iowa — Antoine Alston, professor and associate dean for academic studies at North Carolina A&T State University, will present a lecture based on his new book Sept. 27 at Iowa State University.

Alston’s lecture, “A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of America’s New Farmers,” will be held at 7 p.m. in the Dolezal Auditorium, room 0127 Curtiss Hall on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will follow the historical account of Alston’s book, “The Legacy of America’s New Farmers,” which recounts the formation of the NFA, a national organization for black high school farm boys. The NFA was created in 1927 and had a similar structure to the Future Farmers of America. The two organizations merged in 1965, following the Civil Rights Act. Alston will also highlight the impact African Americans have had on agriculture as a whole.

Alston, who earned his doctorate in agricultural education and studies from Iowa State, continued to transform North Carolina A&T State University’s agricultural education program during his 22 years at the institution. The university’s master’s program has earned a place in the Top 100 Online Education Programs and has cultivated a successful “2+2” undergraduate program under his leadership. Additionally, he is the first African American to receive an Excellence in Teaching Award from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Agricultural Sciences.

The conference is co-sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Diversity Programs and the Student Body Government-funded Conferences Committee.


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