ADF summer meeting set for Saturday

Agricultural missionaries Harold Watson and Joyce Watson will be the keynote speakers for the Agricultural Development Foundation summer meeting. (Submitted photo)

Staff Writer

The summer meeting of the Agricultural Development Foundation will be Aug. 25 at the Warehouse Outreach Center at Starkville First Baptist Church.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m. ADF Communication Committee member David May said ADF assists missionaries internationally by helping provide resources for housing and for people to grow their own food.

"We don't typically distribute food or give money," May said. "We may buy material or seed or fertilizer, but we don't work where there's not some sort of supervision."

May said the goal of ADF is to support missionaries in countries where it is difficult to grow food serve those countries by providing them with resources, which not only includes crops but livestock such as pigs, goats and fish.

The keynote speakers for the summer meeting will be Harold Watson and Joyce Watson.

The Watsons served 33 years as agricultural missionaries in the Phillipines, and since retirement have served as the Project Director and Treasurer of ADF.

Harold Watson's development of Sloping Agricultural Land Technology was the most consequential innovation for controllingerosion on steep slopes in the twentieth century, and earned Watson a Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding, often called the "Nobel Prize of Asia."

"Brother Watson, for example, was in a mountainous region where it was very difficult to keep the soil from eroding," May said. "He developed the techniques for helping that, and he was evangelical in doing so by sharing his Christian testimony."

May said ADF members, prospectives members and anyone else in the community is welcome attend.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and costs $10 or $5 for students. Lunch will be provided, and the meeting will conclude at 2 p.m.