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iOS, Android apps to guide you through the 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo
STUTTGART, Ark. -- Let your smartphone be your guide thanks to the 2014 Arkansas Rice
Chef, food writers to judge this year’s Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe Contest
STUTTGART, Ark.— Even for a man who has built a high-flying career in cuisine, the
idea of judging the 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe Contest on Friday is just a little
National Agricultural Law Center receives USDA grant to support ‘farm to fork’ programs
in Arkansas Delta
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s National
Agricultural Law Center has received a $225,000 grant from USDA Rural Development
to lay the groundwork for the development of local and regional food industry in the
Arkansas Delta and to assist ongoing efforts in the Arkansas Delta.
Crop Enterprise Budgets app simplifies Arkansas farmers’ finances
LITTLE ROCK – When your office is hundreds of acres of cropland, being able to multitask
without being tethered to a desktop computer has its advantages. Now growers can calculate
crop enterprise budgets from an iOS device anywhere, with the CE Budgets app launched
by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Turn on the PHAUCET: Computer program that saves farmers money, time, water
LITTLE ROCK -- Farmers are encouraged to try out the PHAUCET calculation program if
they want to save water and money, said a water quality expert. Users report water
savings of up to 40 percent.
‘Biggest Loser’ winner Becky Comet headlines wellness rally
LITTLE ROCK -- Becky Comet, a winner on TV’s “The Biggest Loser,” will be the keynote
speaker for the Extension Wellness Rally, Aug. 22, at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H
Red, orange, yellow, run! Rainbow Run and Kids Dash raise money for local youth program
MONTGOMERY, Ark. –The first ever Rainbow Run will splash colors on runners and help
fund the rapidly growing Montgomery County 4-H program. This youth development program
has seen a huge increase in the number of kids in the past four years.
Packing your own lunch doesn't always mean healthier: Pack a safer lunch to work
LITTLE ROCK -- Packing your own lunch to work often means a “healthier and less expensive
option,” said Serena Fuller, associate professor of nutrition for the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. However, it can also mean a risk of foodborne
illness if these foods aren't stored properly.
Prussic acid: Nightmare for cattle farmers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- High nitrate and prussic acid concentrations can be deadly for
cattle, said Dirk Philipp, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
At Rice Expo: Janet Carson offers tips on growing your own veggies
STUTTGART, Ark. – The 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo will be a place for you to discover
your green thumb.
Spread by firewood, tree-killing pest confirmed in Arkansas
HOPE, Ark. – The emerald ash borer, a tiny Asian insect responsible for the deaths
of tens of millions of trees since its accidental introduction to the United States
in 2002, has been confirmed in Hot Spring, Clark and Nevada counties, according to
the state Plant Board and the Arkansas Agriculture Department.
Rabies outbreak in the state: 103 cases so far this year
LITTLE ROCK -- More than 100 cases of rabies were reported in Arkansas as of June
24, a number almost double the normal level that state health and animal science experts
attributed to a greater awareness of rabies symptoms in infected animals.
Extension agents: Lighter-than-expected rain more help than harm
LONOKE, Ark. -- Rainfall Thursday night into Friday was lighter than predicted in
some areas, making cattle producers happy and allowing flooded fields more time to
drain, said extension agents for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Rain-weary east Arkansas farmers bracing for more water
STUTTGART, Ark. -- Arkansas’ abundant rainfall looks good on the latest U.S. Drought
Monitor map, with less than 14 percent of the state in the least intense drought category,
however the rain-filled forecast for Thursday and Friday is heaping more worry on
the state’s farmers.
Walmart Foundation’s $1.05 million donation fuels 2nd phase of strawberry initiative
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Ripening in mid-winter. Taking root in old cotton acres. Growing
organic in conventional farms. America’s favorite berry is finding itself in places
it’s never been before thanks to research, creativity and a donation from the world’s
Sugarcane aphids invade Ark sorghum; treatment options limited
MONTICELLO, Ark. – Grain sorghum growers in east Arkansas are discovering a new visitor:
the sugarcane aphid has been showing up since June on the plant’s leaves in Ashley,
Chicot, Desha and Phillips counties and it’s considered likely to spread to nearby
areas. Its damage symptoms include sticky honeydew and yellow to reddish brown leaf
Big Creek team releases 3rd quarterly report
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Big Creek Research and Extension Team has posted its third
Pigposium to feature weed control experts at NEREC
KEISER, Ark. – Control of resistant weeds is a moving target and crop producers need
every advantage they can get to stay ahead of the issue, said Tom Barber, extension
weed scientist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Spaces still open at Rice Expo for farmers’ market, centerpiece arrangements
STUTTGART Ark. – Arkansas fruit and vegetable growers and gardeners will have the
chance to show the results of their labor Aug. 1 at the Arkansas Rice Expo at the
Grand Prairie Center.
New association chairman Tappe to emphasize recruiting forestry students
MONTICELLO, Ark. – The newly elected leader of the southern region of a national forestry
organization is working on recruiting new forestry students, enhancing engagement
with forest landowners, and increasing research competitiveness.
Fall and winter forage is expensive; plan stockpiling program now
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The month of July is the perfect time to start planning ahead
for stockpiling forage that can save growers a lot of money during the winter.
Edamame Chicken Stir-Fry: 2014 Rice Expo cooks up true Arkansas products
STUTTGART, Ark. – Love edamame, but don’t know what to do with it? The 2014 Arkansas
Rice Expo has the answer.
Avoid bringing home a disease with your blue ribbon
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – As livestock producers and their children prepare for and compete
in breed-sponsored shows and county fairs, they should be careful to avoid bringing
home any diseases, cautions Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock
specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Rainy growing season puts soybean producers in race against the clock
LITTLE ROCK – A rainy, cool spring; a summer punctuated by record-setting rainfall;
and the length of time needed for soybeans to go from seed to yield is putting Arkansas
farmers in a race against the clock.
Tomatoes at the Trotter: scholarship money, exceptional dinner, learning about tomatoes
MONTICELLO, Ark. -- The 2014 Tomatoes at the Trotter not only fed tomato enthusiasts,
but also the University of Arkansas-Monticello School of Agriculture Scholarship Fund.
Managing phosphorus in pastures means saving fish, other water inhabitants
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plants, but too much
can mean trouble for waterways.
July 15 crop certification deadline looms
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – July 15 is the deadline to certify spring-seeded crops, says Dr.
Henry English, director, Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine
Learn to make a difference for Ark water resources at 2014 Rice Expo
STUTTGART, Ark. – Farmers and growers are invited to speak up and give input at the
2014 Arkansas Rice Expo on the best ways to protect our water resources.
STUTTGART, Ark. – Love edamame, but don’t know what to do with it? The 2014 Arkansas
Rice Expo has the answer.
Western dressage added to Arkansas 4-H State Horse Show
SEARCY, Ark. -- The 2014 Arkansas 4-H State Horse Show, already home to a wide variety
of English and Western riding styles and horse-related activities, will feature a
new riding discipline, western dressage, during its July 14-17 run at the White County
Temple Grandin, Joy Mench to be featured speakers at symposium on food animal wellbeing
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Temple Grandin, a Colorado State University animal science professor
and a designer of livestock handling facilities, and Joy Mench, director of the University
of California-Davis Center for Animal Welfare, will be featured speakers during the
Center for Food Animal Wellbeing’s fourth annual symposium Aug. 7 on advances and
current issues in food animal wellbeing. The center is a unit of the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Ark Ag Dept: At least 75,000 acres under water
LITTLE ROCK -- At least 75,000 acres of row crops in five counties were under water
following record rain last weekend, according to estimates compiled by the Arkansas
‘Shock and awe’ hits soybean market after Acreage Report
JONESBORO, Ark. — Bears were running amok Tuesday through the corn, wheat, cotton
and soybean markets in the wake of the annual Acreage Report from the National Agricultural
Study finds karst keeps tight grip on phosphorus
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The porous nature of the land that underlies the Ozark Plateau
doesn't necessarily mean high-speed transport of phosphorus away from fields on which
fertilizer has been spread to nearby streams, according to an article published in
the Journal “Environmental Science and Technology.”
A Splendid Piece of Work author finds ‘amazing story’ at end of long journey