An Arkansas Community Prosperity Virtual Summit will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. The session is entitled Building Community Resilience: Resources to Address COVID-19 Challenges and Disparities.

The hosts are the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Partnership and Public Engagement and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Human Science, and assisted by the Southern Regional Rural Development Center, according to a news release.

The virtual summit is a USDA event designed to foster hope and opportunity, asset building, and wealth creation in rural and underserved communities across Arkansas, according to the release.

“The summit will provide a snapshot of resources available to Arkansas during the COVID-19 pandemic. A panel of speakers from various USDA and other federal, state, and local agencies, land-grant universities’ cooperative extension programs/services, and organizations will discuss the COVID-19 challenges and disparities facing Arkansas’ rural and underserved communities,” according to the release.

Speakers will include James Hopper, director of programs for the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute; Linsley Kinkade, senior director of U.S. Programs for Winrock’s U.S. projects; and Brenda Williams, who manages the Mid-South Food LINC Value Chain coordination.

Details: Belinda Bell at or 202-510-6301; Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program, at or 870-575-7246; or