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Higher feed prices, demand for protein helping drive up Thanksgiving meal prices
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark -- Higher costs for poultry feed and higher global demand for protein
are among the backseat drivers in the rising cost of this year’s Thanksgiving meal.
Plant of the Week: Viola x williamsii Violets, Johnny Jump Up
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Flower color during the winter is a valuable addition to any
garden. In most areas of central and northern Arkansas pansies and their little sister
Johnny Jump Ups or Violas (hybrids of Viola x williamsii) are the first choices amongst gardeners. They bloom over a long period and provide
tidy low masses of color that keep on giving until overwhelmed by the heat of a muggy
USDA/1890 National Scholarship Deadline Feb. 1
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – While students are busy applying to colleges and universities,
their parents are wondering about financing their children’s aspirations. College
expenses paid, summer internships and a good chance for a professional position upon
graduation may seem like a dream in today’s economy. However, this can be reality
if a student is selected as an U.S. Department of Agriculture/1890 Scholar.
Mississippi Co. Farm Bill workshop rescheduled for Dec. 1
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- Two Mississippi County Farm Bill Workshops have been set for
Monday, Dec. 1, with a morning session at Keiser and an afternoon session at the Manila
Wet weather may promote record cotton, rice yields
LITTLE ROCK -- As the 2014 rice and cotton harvests draw to a close, a mild summer
and fall, coupled with heavy rainfall throughout the state, appear to have delivered
surprisingly high yields for both rice and cotton.
Ranchers need to be alert for acorn poisoning in cattle
LITTLE ROCK -- Autumn’s generous acorn crop may be great for deer, but could be deadly
for cattle, said Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science, for the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
From too little to too much rain in two years: lots of forage, fewer nutrients
HARRISON, Ark. – 2014 has been a fantastic year for cattle farmers, according to Boone
County Extension Agent Mike McClintock, heavy rains throughout the year may augur
higher production costs through the winter.
Corn growers across Arkansas investing in on-farm storage
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Corn growers across Arkansas are increasingly taking matters into
their own hands, erecting on-farm storage facilities to help them more efficiently
market and harvest their product, rather than relying on commercial grain elevators.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- We plant nerds pride ourselves in being able to identify things,
but sometimes we get it wrong. Last year, I was called in to teach a woody plant ID
class at the University of Arkansas, and in preparation for this, I started prowling
around various commercial landscapes looking for specimen plants.
LITTLE ROCK -- As late autumn temperatures begin to cool across Arkansas, it’s the
perfect time to begin looking forward to the state’s premier flower and garden show.
LITTLE ROCK – It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Unless you’re flat broke. However,
there are ways Arkansans can maintain their budgets, traditions and sanity while shopping
for gifts, food and décor.
LITTLE ROCK – It’s time to eat, drink and be merry, but a foodborne illness from holiday
food could lead to misery.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – As winter nears, farmers and ranchers can expect more trouble with
predators, warned David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist
at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – With colder weather, prey becomes harder to find making small livestock
such as lambs and goats prime targets. Controlling predators is not easy, said David
Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of
Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- I never met a tree I didn’t like, but I like some more than
others. I favor trees that are tough and are shaped like the trees I drew with crayons
as a child. The European hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) growing in my now 20-year-old shade garden is one of my favorites because it meets
both these criteria.
HOPE, Ark. — Vic Ford, director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s
Southwest Research and Extension Center, was named a Fellow of the Society of American
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, and whether
food labels should note their presence in products, has become a center of a heated
debate among consumers, the food industry and lawmakers.
LITTLE ROCK – A higher percentage of Arkansans outspent their income in 2012 compared
to three years earlier, however, a slightly higher ratio of Arkansans have a “rainy
day fund,” compared to 2009, according to a study by the Financial Industry Regulatory
NASS November estimate has Arkansas with three new yield records
LITTLE ROCK – Despite this season’s soggy start, Arkansas farmers could set three
statewide average yield records in 2014 in corn, cotton and soybeans, the National
Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Arkansas soybean breeder named CSSA Fellow
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Pengyin Chen, professor of crop, soil and environmental sciences
and soybean breeder for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture,
was elected a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America.
Tiny bites can add up to BIG Calories
TEXARKANA, Ark.- Those sweet, warm family friendly holiday treats of November and
December have a dark side – one will seemingly multiply the daily calorie count, said
Carla Hadley, Miller County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
Fall/winter the time to lime pastures to correct pH levels
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The correct pH levels are essential to ensuring healthy pastures,
and fall and winter are the right seasons to combat soil acidity, said Dirk Philipp,
assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Hehemann named extension specialist-communications at UAPB
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Will Hehemann has been named Extension Specialist-Communications
for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas
at Pine Bluff.
University of Arkansas Team Places Third in National Poultry Judging Contest
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Poultry Judging team took third place
overall at the 49th Annual National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest held Nov. 2-4,
on the University of Arkansas campus.
Plant of the Week - Autumn Fern
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- My fascination with hardy ferns stated about 20 years ago amidst
a self-induced financial crisis. I’d maxed out my credit cards, and like all red-blooded
Americans, refinanced the house, caught up on the bills and found myself with a zero
balance credit card in my pocket.
Mackay begins service as Horticulture Department head
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Wayne Mackay has begun duties as head of the Department of Horticulture
at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the UA Dale Bumpers
College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. Mackay joined the department in October
from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, where
he was chair of the Environmental Horticulture Department and previously director
of the Mid-Florida Research and Extension Center.
Federal agency renews support for Arkansas Water Resources Center
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Water Resources Center passed its three-year evaluation
and will be eligible to continue receiving federal funding. The AWRC, a unit of the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, received its annual base grant
of $92,355 from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Everything you wanted to know about sustainable strawberries in an e-book
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It could be called “Everything You Wanted to Know about Sustainable
Strawberries but Were Afraid to Ask,” but this e-book’s secrets can be now be revealed
though a single download.
Beekeeping course to be offered in Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK – A three-part short course in beekeeping will be offered from 6 to 9
p.m. on Nov. 3, 10, and 17 at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
auditorium, 2301 S. University Avenue in Little Rock.
Nine new Farm Bill workshops scheduled for farmers
LITTLE ROCK – Nine new Farm Bill workshop sessions have been added to the more than
one dozen already scheduled across Arkansas, including four sessions devoted to the
computer-based Farm Bill decision aid, Robert Coats, professor-economics for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Thursday.
New monitoring, outside review mark Big Creek 4th Quarter report
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture team
researching water quality near a Newton County hog farm installed new monitoring equipment
near manure holding ponds and had its work reviewed by an outside team of experts,
according to its fourth quarterly report.
Comment period on supplemental produce safety rule open ‘til Dec. 14
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Food and Drug Administration has opened a comment period
on a proposed supplemental rule to regulations that affect some 35,000 fruit and vegetable