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Unlocking the Future: MBEs, Agriculture, and Government Contracts at the IAEOZ Summit 2023

In an era where innovation and technology are reshaping the agricultural landscape, the IAEOZ Summit 2023 stands as a beacon for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) looking to explore new horizons in government contracting. The Summit, scheduled for October 17-19, 2023, at Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offers an exclusive platform for MBEs to gain insights into expanded Government contracting opportunities, driven by landmark Executive Orders.

A Legacy of Empowerment

The IAEOZ Summits have a rich history of fostering solutions to systemic barriers that impact rural communities. By focusing on Smart Farming and cutting-edge technologies in food production and food security, the Summits have empowered Black and Brown farmers, catalyzing investment and revitalizing rural communities.

Highlights from Previous Summits

  • Agricultural Literacy: Understanding the role of satellites, drones, and the Internet of Things in precision farming.
  • Government Research Grants and Contracts: Exploring opportunities for Private-Public Partnership investment.
  • Rural Community Revitalization: Job creation, workforce development, and community growth.

The upcoming IAEOZ Summit promises to be a groundbreaking event, with leaders in business, commerce, technology, and philanthropy discussing the changing role of farming in America. Here's what to expect:

Reinventing Agribusiness Education

HBCUs and Land Grant colleges located in Opportunity Zones will serve as anchor institutions to reinvent agribusiness education, innovation, commercialization, land preservation, restoration, and wealth creation within the Minority agriculture community.

Accessing Funds and Grants

The Summit will provide actionable information on accessing funds and grants generated by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Expanded Government Contracting Opportunities for MBEs

Driven by the landmark Executive Orders 13985 and 14008, speakers will present case studies of sustainability and carbon sequestration initiatives in farming, and examples of successful Minority-owned agribusiness enterprises.

Register for the IAEOZ Summit

Don't miss this unique opportunity to gain exclusive insights into expanded Government contracting opportunities for MBEs. The IAEOZ Summit 2023 is a hybrid event, allowing you to participate in-person or virtually.

Register now for the IAEOZ Summit 2023 on October 17-19, 2023, at Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Seize the opportunity and be part of the change!

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