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4-H County Appreciation cookout cancelled in the wake of deadly storms
FERNDALE, Ark. -- The 4-H County Appreciation cookout set for Saturday at the C.A.
Vines Arkansas 4-H Center has been cancelled.
Livestock owners need to be alert for ‘hardware disease’
LITTLE ROCK – Livestock owners need to scan their pastures for storm debris that could
prove fatal to their cattle, goats and horses, said Tom Troxel, associate head, animal
science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Heavy rains wash out rice levees, spark flood warnings, advisories in row crop country
PIGGOTT, Ark. – For some parts of Arkansas, the landscape has become more water than
Soil test for optimum yields
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A soil test is essential to maximize yields in gardens, says Dr.
Leonard Githinji, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Extension Program horticulture
Summer annuals help close seasonal gaps in forages
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After an uncharacteristically brutal winter, spring in Arkansas is bringing green
growth to the state. If cattle and other livestock have grazed through almost all
forage on pasture land, there is a resource available for the upcoming summer months.
Show off your kitchen artistry in the 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe Contest
HELENA, Ark. -- Ingenious with ingredients? The 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe Contest
is your chance to show off your culinary cunning.
Ark Forage & Grassland Council offers ranch tours May 2
LITTLE ROCK – Two northern Arkansas ranches that managed to get forage to grow through
flood and drought will be showcased as part of the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council
spring tour on May 2.
Fertility test bulls now for summer breeding season
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – “A $100 investment in your bull can provide a big return when each
calf is worth more than $1,100,” says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program
livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Early weaning may help winter-worn cows and new calves
LITTLE ROCK -- Early weaning may help beef cows worn thin by the hard 2013-14 winter
and may help calves be ready for market sooner, say extension cattle experts with
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Arkansas producers racing pair of storm systems to plant
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Arkansas farmers have been hitting the fields hard, trying to plant
before the next two storm systems, county extension agents with the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Thursday.
Farm to You program brings information about food, nutrition to Arkansas schools
LITTLE ROCK -- Elementary school students around the state of Arkansas are experiencing
for themselves this spring just where their food comes from and how their bodies use
it for fuel, when the Arkansas Farm to You program makes a stop at their schools.
Ark. Extension & Soybean Promotion Board present Soybean Science Challenge Award
LITTLE ROCK -- A brother and sister team whose study of how plant color might be used
as an inexpensive method of crop monitoring was named state winner of the first Soybean
Science Challenge Award.
Winter production of strawberries bests break-even mark
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Despite Arkansas’ winter of extremes, researchers with the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture have shown strawberries grown in high tunnels
during the winter can produce better-than-break-even yields.
Arkansas strawberry growers getting online guide to hydroponic production
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Strawberry growers in Arkansas will soon have an online, step-by-step
guide to tell them everything they need to know to grow berries year round, without
Various strawberry production techniques shown to increase yields at UAPB
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Strawberry production trials by the University of Arkansas at Pine
Bluff show that using high tunnels, low tunnels and plastic mulch can extend the growing
Mid-South ag, environmental law conference set May 16 in Tunica, Miss.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The farm bill, agricultural leases, lawsuits hypoxia in the
gulf and right-to-farm issues are among the topics on the agenda for the first annual
Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference set for May 16 in Tunica,
Blueprint, economic study released for Delta Technology Education Center
DUMAS, Ark. -- A roadmap to help the Delta Technology Education Center in Dumas realize
its full potential is now available, said Mark Peterson, professor-Community and Economic
Development with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Montgomery Co. High School students to ‘Get Real’ about money on April 24
MOUNT IDA, Ark. -- Juniors and seniors from Oden and Mount Ida schools will be learning
real-life lessons about money management on April 24 as part of “Get Real -- Here’s
Alien invaders poised to enter Arkansas, crowd out native plants, insects
HOPE, Ark. -- Never mind the Martians, there are plenty of earth-bound invaders poised
to crowd out Arkansas native species, say experts with the Arkansas Forest Resources
Firewood provides great mass transportation for invasive pests
LITTLE ROCK -- That firewood you’re planning to take on your next camping trip could
turn out to be luxury mass transit for the next big invasive insect and tree disease,
said Tamara Walkingstick, associate director of the Arkansas Forest Resource Center.
Thousand Cankers puts black walnuts in peril
LITTLE ROCK -- A beetle the size of the period at the end of this sentence is proving
to be the biggest smuggler of a major threat to the nation’s eastern black walnut
April – Time to get ready to breed spring-calving beef heifers
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – April is the time for ranchers to think about the upcoming breeding
season. Most cattle producers breed their cows in June so they will calve in March
and April, but heifers should be bred 20 to 30 days before the rest of the herd.
Photo Opp: Kids teaching kids in Conway
A reminder that some 1,800 second-graders will be at the Don Owens Sports Complex in Conway today and tomorrow learning about how agriculture affects their lives every day. And they'll be learning
from other kids.
Local foods highlight discussions at OFPA convention
SPRINGDALE, Ark. – An “Arkansas Grown” branding program has been launched by the state
to help consumers identify locally grown food, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch
Calhoun told the Ozark Food Processors Association convention on April 9.
Agriculture honor society recognizes faculty, student accomplishments
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society
of agriculture, presented its annual achievement awards April 11 to faculty and students.
Chapter president Ken Coffey, professor of animal science in the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, presided at the ceremony and Mike Popp, professor
of agricultural economics and agribusiness, distributed the awards during ceremonies
Division of Agriculture entomologist testifies before congressional appropriations
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Rob Wiedenmann, head of the department of entomology in the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences, was invited to testify April 10 before a congressional appropriations
subcommittee regarding fiscal year 2015 funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency and the U.S. Forest Service.
Alfalfa’s benefits to livestock, soil worth the work
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Soil testing is a necessity to reap the benefits of growing
alfalfa for hay, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor with the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture.
Minimizing the risks of fescue toxicosis in cattle
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Grazing fescue before it goes to seed and providing plenty of
water and shade during the summer can help ranchers minimize the effects of endophyte-infected
fescue forage, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture.
Getting hay equipment ready for the new season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Making hay is an expensive process and poorly maintained equipment
can add unwanted expenses and downtime, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Improve reproductive management to improve bottom line
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Livestock producers whose herds have poor reproductive success
earn less and have higher production costs per head that those whose herds reproduce
successfully, says Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist
at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Spring is the time to get a jump on aquatic weed control
PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- If you own a pond or lake, the warm spring weather probably makes
you want to put that body of water to good use. But before you do, check your pond
for aquatic weed problems.
Researchers working to prevent unusual fish losses in Arkansas during winter
LONOKE, Ark. – It’s not unusual for producers to experience some fish losses during
cold months due to extreme water temperatures. However, fish farmers in Arkansas reported
substantial losses of fish in the spring of 2013 when they began to harvest their
ponds, said Dr. Luke Roy, an Extension aquaculture specialist at the University of
Arkansas at Pine Bluff Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence.
Good Old Days show on May 24 mixes cars and clovers
MOUNT IDA, Ark. -- The Good Old Days Festival vehicle show on May 24 will be a mix
of cars and clovers -- all to help Montgomery County’s 4-Hers raise money for their
Farm Round Up Extended opens event to public
CONWAY, Ark. -- Thirteen-hundred second graders and nine stations in two hours will
add up to a trip around the world of Agriculture on April 16-17 as part of the annual
Faulkner County Farm Round Up.
Pecan producers can sharpen their skills at April 24 workshop
ATKINS, Ark. – Producers can sharpen their skills at the April 24 Pecan Growing and
Grafting Workshop: Years 1-5.
Poteau watershed workshop rescheduled to April 23 at Fort Smith
LITTLE ROCK – After being postponed because of icy conditions, the Arkansas Watershed
Stewards workshop in the Poteau watershed has been rescheduled for April 23 at the
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center.
Raising poultry at home demands producers’ attention to details
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On April 3rd a seminar sponsored by the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture attracted about 40 Northwest Arkansas people interested
in learning more about how to raise poultry at home.
Freeze may affect fruit trees, wet weather may delay row crops
LONOKE, Ark. – The spring’s yo-yoing temperatures may take a bite out of fruit yields
this year, while the on-again, off-again spigot may throw row crop planting behind,
say extension agents for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Prevent scours, a cause of losses in newborn livestock, Part 3
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – With calving, lambing and kidding seasons in full swing, livestock
producers should be mindful of diarrhea, commonly called scours in livestock, says
Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University
of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Bradley Co. Extension to host workshop for businesses seeking gov’t contracts
WARREN, Ark. – An agency that has helped businesses obtain more than $47 million in
government contract work in one year is holding a workshop Thursday, April 17 in Bradley
County to help other businesses learn to tap into that market.
Free Poultry Seminar - April 3, 2014
A free poultry seminar will be conducted on Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the Pauline Whitaker Arena in Fayetteville, AR.