An official of the federal Department of Agriculture was among the speakers at last week’s annual Small Farmers Conference held by the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project. Naomi Churchill Earp, deputy assistant secretary of civil rights of the federal agriculture department, was one of the speakers at the conference. Kevin D. Norton, associate chief of the Natural Resource & Conservation Service of the federal agriculture department, was also a speaker. Representatives of local and state agriculture agencies were speakers, too.“Ways Small Farmers Can survive and Thrive Through Difficult Times” was the theme of the meeting. Held Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, presentations on solar water wells, heir property, rural housing and innovative approaches for survival.