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September. 25, 2014
Editors: There are seats available for reporters who would like to log in and watch the virtual
field day as it happens. For connecting information, contact Mary Hightower no later
than noon, Monday, Sept. 29. Participating reporters will need to download software
LITTLE ROCK -- There’s a lot of science that goes into keeping the world fed and more
than a dozen schools and nearly 400 students are registered to take part in a virtual
field tour to introduce young scientists to the research that goes into agriculture.
On Sept. 30, the Soybean Science Challenge will bring a live, interactive lesson on
agroscience starting at 9:35 a.m. and ending at 10:15 a.m. The lesson is being broadcast
live from Bono, Arkansas, in Craighead County, from the farm of Shannon Davis.
The challenge is being produced by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension
Service. Hosts for the lesson include Davis and Terry Kirkpatrick, extension nematologist
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“Growing food is a far more complex process than simply putting a seed in the ground,”
said Karen Ballard, project manager for the Soybean Science Challenge and professor-program
and staff development for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“We want to open a new horizon for young scientists and introduce them to the research
possibilities that exist in the work of food production.”
“Many students considering careers in science, medicine or engineering don’t even
give agriculture a second thought,” she said. “However, research in the business of
growing and processing food has produced breakthroughs in other areas including the
automotive, energy and health industries.”
The virtual field trip will focus on nematode parasites and their impact on soybeans.
Schools participating in the virtual field trip are statewide digital course provider
Virtual Arkansas and:
The broadcast is funded by a grant from the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, of which
Davis is a member.
For more information about soybean production, contact your county extension office
or visit www.uaex.uada.edu or http://arkansascrops.com.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Mary HightowerU of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com