WELCOME TO THE RURAL TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER
Photo of 2 of the fishing ponds on the property-Donna DeCaille
Rural Training & Research Center
575 Federation Rd.
Gainesville, AL 35464
Send Mail: PO Box 95, Epes, AL 35460
Ph (205) 652-9676
Fax: (205) 652-9678
The collective membership of the Federation owns the Rural Training and Research Center (RTRC), located between the towns of Epes and Gainesville in Sumter County, Alabama. Together with the Panola Land Buying Association, we own more than 1,300 acres of farm and forested land, which forms the land base of the RTRC.
Local Administrative office
A dormitory that holds 70 overnight guests
A large multi-purpose building for large pieces of training
Agricultural research and demonstration sites
Silvo-pasture goat herd
One nature trail
Two fishing ponds
The RTRC also oversees the Wendy Hill Subdivision in Gainesville, Alabama, a 38-unit apartment complex serving very low-income families.
The RTRC is the hub of operations for the Federation and also the base of operations for the Alabama State Association of Cooperatives (ASAC) outreach and technical assistance staff.RTRC, staff works on projects with USDA – Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service(APHIS), USDA – Rural Development, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and Democratizing Rural Electric Cooperatives Campaign.
Each program and partner contribute significantly to the success of the RTRC. The RTRC also serves as a meeting place for Federation activities and member groups in the area such as the AlabamaState Association of Cooperatives, Southeast GoatProducers Coop (SoGoCo), and our youth forestry camp.
US Sen. Doug Jones with Dr. Marcus Bernard at National Coop Month Symposium
RTRC Director, Marcus Bernard Phd.."Doc B"
In partnership with the Fund for Democratic Communities, Democracy at Work Institute, the Climate Justice Alliance and other supporting organizations we hosted CoopEcon
2018 Institute at the RTRC. CoopEcon 2019 is the 6th gathering since 2011 as part of the effort to build networks across the US South to promote and launch sustainable cooperative economies.
RTRC Program Highlights
The Federation Secures a Top-Notch Forestry Expert as the Director of its Rural Training and Research which Includes its Regional
Atlanta, Georgia- On January 1, registered forester, Freddie Davis III, will fill the position of the Director of the Rural Training and Research Center (RTRC) for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund located in Epes, Alabama. The Federation owns and operates more than 1300 acres of land collectively which includes its unique training and agroforestry center. Click here to read more.