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BACK TO SCHOOL: Back to a healthy sleep routine
LITTLE ROCK - As the lazy days of summer slowly come to a close, children turn in
swimsuits and swimming pools for uniforms and backpacks. And for most kids, back to
school also means back to bed for those who have left behind routine for long summer
BACK TO SCHOOL: Breakfast - the most important meal of the day made easy
LITTLE ROCK - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s what the experts
have always said, but for parents it can be the most challenging time of the day.
Make it a rushed school morning, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster and a hungry
BACK TO SCHOOL: Lunchbox 101 - Good food and happy kids
LITTLE ROCK - A well-packed lunch is key to overcoming the mid-day lull and ensuring
your child has the energy to power through the rest of the school day. Add in busy
mornings, a picky eater and a short lunchtime, it becomes yet another school year
challenge. But packing the daily lunchbox doesn’t mean you have to fall back on yet
another peanut butter and jelly sandwich and chips.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Shopping smart
LITTLE ROCK --Backpacks, school supplies, new shoes, uniforms or the latest outfits.
Back to school shopping can take a huge bite out of your monthly budget. Laura Connerly,
assistant professor and extension personal finance educator for the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture recommends using smart shopping strategies
to cut costs and reduce the burden.
School fresh fruit, vegetable program cuts childhood obesity rates, study finds
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In a state with some of the highest childhood obesity rates in
the nation, a new study shows that a program bringing fresh fruits and vegetables
into Arkansas schools not only lowers obesity rates, it can also save hundreds of
dollars per child each year to prevent obesity.
Rice Expo field tours cover varieties, weed control, flood tolerant soybeans
STUTTGART, Ark. – Herbicide resistant barnyardgrass, flood-tolerant soybeans and an
update on rice varieties released last year are among the field tour stops, part of
the Aug. 7 Arkansas Rice Expo.
Arkansas’ Looper elected president of American Society of Animal Science
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --Michael Looper, head of the Animal Science Department for the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will serve as president of
the America Society of Animal Science through 2016.
Weaning, stress and a chance to make a difference for sheep, goats
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Midsummer is often a time of change for small lambs, kids and their
producers. Lambs and kids born in the spring are about to be weaned, an often noisy
and stressful time for them and their producers, said Dr. David Fernandez, livestock
specialist with the Cooperative Extension Program at the University of Arkansas at
Benton County’s Lockhart named 4-H Governor’s Award winner
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The 2015 4-H Governor’s Award winner has shown he can not only
overcome adversity, but also help others through their own difficult times.
Lake Conway-Point Remove Watershed forum set for Aug. 3
LITTLE ROCK — The Lake Conway-Point Remove Watershed water quality forum is scheduled
for Monday, Aug. 3. The forum runs from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College
at Morrilton cafeteria, 1537 University Blvd., in Morrilton.
First week of August declared “National Farmers Market Week”
LITTLE ROCK — Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, has declared August 2-8,
2015, "National Farmers Market Week." This year marks the 16th annual celebration
that honors the important role farmers’ markets play in local economies.
Rice, milo, soybeans on agenda for July 30 Crops Field Day at Rohwer
MONTICELLO, Ark. -- Chloride issues in soybeans, sugarcane aphids in sorghum and disease
control in rice are among the topics for the July 30 Crops Field Day at Rohwer.
Top 10 finalists for Rice Expo Recipe contest named
LONOKE, Ark. -- Rice is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen and the
10 finalist recipes show how the grain can go from breakfast to dessert.
Heat stress can take toll on cattle herd
LITTLE ROCK -- The heat and humidity of an Arkansas summer can take its toll on cattle
and increase management tasks for ranchers, said Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal
Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Field day features advances in peach breeding technology
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Developing genetic tools may cut years, and dollars, off the
lengthy and expensive process of breeding new peach varieties, according to researchers
at a peach field day July 16.
Technology, public perceptions to be addressed at Aug. 6 animal wellbeing symposium
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The impact of continuing challenges in animal welfare and changes
in public perception and technology will be addressed Aug. 6 by speakers at the 5th Annual
Symposium on Current Issues and Advances in Food Animal Wellbeing. The event is sponsored
by the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, a unit of the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
Sugarcane aphids expand in Arkansas; confirmed in 21 counties MONTICELLO, Ark. – Sugarcane aphids are being found through most of the Arkansas Delta,
surrounding Prairie County and extending to 21 counties statewide.
Troxel named fellow in American Society of Animal Science
LITTLE ROCK -- Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, has been named a Fellow in extension of the American
Society of Animal Science.
Arkansas 4-H Shooting Sports teams bring home top places at Nationals
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – The first trip by an Arkansas state team to the 4-H Shooting
Sports National Championships resulted in six top 10 placements - including three
first-place finishes – and some head-scratching from surprised competitors.
‘American Ninja’ contestant to bring ‘right attitude’ message to 4-H State O-Rama
LITTLE ROCK -- Hoan Do, a competitor on “American Ninja” “and corporate trainer, will
be bringing practical strategies for success in and out of school when delivers the
keynote Thursday afternoon at the Arkansas 4-H State O-Rama.
Research essential for Arkansas to remain competitive in agriculture
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — Continuing agricultural research is essential if Arkansas is to
remain competitive globally, state Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward told lawmakers this
Financial security in retirement: Can you pass the test?
LITTLE ROCK -- George Foreman, first famous as a world heavyweight championship boxer,
then as a kitchen appliance guru, once said, “The question isn't at what age I want
to retire, it's at what income.”
Happy couples can and do talk about money
LITTLE ROCK – Money may not buy happiness, but couples who talk about money at least
once a week are more likely to describe their relationship as “extremely happy,” said
Laura Connerly, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas System Division
Gov. Hutchinson, Cuba, cooking demos on program for Aug. 7 Arkansas Rice Expo
STUTTGART, Ark. – Gov. Asa Hutchinson will deliver the keynote at this year’s Arkansas
Rice Expo, set for Friday, Aug. 7, in Stuttgart.
Sugarcane aphids expand in Arkansas; confirmed in 12 counties
MONTICELLO, Ark. – Sugarcane aphids are rapidly expanding in Arkansas, quadrupling
the number of counties in which they’ve been confirmed just two weeks earlier.
Webinar series to focus on drone use in agriculture
LITTLE ROCK – A webinar series that begins July 15, produced through the eXtension
Learning Network, may show that the future of unmanned aerial systems could just touch
down in agriculture.
Welding competition to debut at 4-H-O-Rama in July
LITTLE ROCK — Fourteen Arkansas youths will compete in the inaugural welding competition
at this year’s 4-H-O-Rama, taking place July 21-24.
Renk named to Technology Commercialization Office post
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Bryan Renk has begun duties at the Technology Commercialization
Office of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture as the associate
director for commercialization. He is responsible for various aspects of assessing
technology, patenting, licensing and marketing. The office helps Division of Agriculture
faculty and research scientists to identify, protect and commercialize intellectual
property developed from their research.
Poultry experts urge caution during fair season
LITTLE ROCK — Poultry and biosecurity experts are warning small flock owners in Arkansas
and throughout the region to exercise caution at county fairs and elsewhere this season.
Researcher at animal wellbeing symposium to discuss cattle handing in feedlots
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The results of studies on handling cattle in feedlots will be
presented Aug. 6 by Ruth Woiwode at the 5th Annual Symposium on Current Issues and Advances in Food Animal Wellbeing. Woiwode
is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
and a former student of Temple Grandin, a nationally prominent researcher at Colorado
State University on the best methods for handling cattle in processing facilities.
Emerald ash borer confirmed in three more counties
LITTLE ROCK– The Arkansas State Plant Board has added three more counties to the list
of confirmed emerald ash borer sites, said Tamara Walkingstick, associate director-Arkansas
Forest Resources Center.
Slow-moving system dumps road-eroding rains in SW; buries soybeans in SE Arkansas
McGEHEE, Ark. -- Slow-moving rain clouds dumped double-digit amounts on southern Arkansas
over the July Fourth weekend, eroding roads in southwest Arkansas and burying young
soybeans in the southeastern corner.
August the time to stockpiling bermudagrass
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- August is the time to begin stockpiling bermudagrass for fall-to-early-winter
grazing, said Dirk Philipp, associate professor of Animal Science for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Neighbor’s drone overhead? It’s never open season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The proliferation of remotely controlled aerial vehicles, or
drones, on the market has been accompanied by a rise in the number of questions about
what uses are legal.
Summer jobs for youth have benefits beyond the paycheck
LITTLE ROCK -- Summer jobs for young adults have benefits far beyond the paycheck,
said Laura Connerly, assistant professor and family financial expert for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Sun safety for summer fun
LITTLE ROCK — With summer now in full swing, the lakes and parks are filled with boaters,
swimmers, hikers and those just out enjoying the warmth of the summer sun. However,
those warm rays can bring more than a season’s summer glow.
Rising Mississippi will likely flood thousands of farmland acres in eastern Arkansas
MARION, Ark. — As cattle ranchers and other growers continue to struggle with the
fallout from weeks of flooding in central and southwest Arkansas, row crop farmers
along the state’s eastern border brace for likely flooding and crop loss as the Mississippi
River continues to swell toward flood stage this week.