(pictures c booker and c swaim in raw photo 2-19)

The 57th annual Rural Life Conference at the Pine Bluff Convention Center starts Friday with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the opening session at 8:45 a.m. The conference features workshops, posters, exhibits and door prizes. Edward Swaim and Calvin E. Booker Sr., will speak at the conference

Preregistration is requested of everyone, even though the conference is free to farmers, ranchers, homemakers and retirees. The cost to professionals and agency personnel is $75. Registration for students is $25. To preregister or for more information, contact Almetris Cobbs at 870-575-8141