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Arkansas Irrigation Expo set for March 10 at Stuttgart

Fast Facts:

  • Arkansas Irrigation Expo rescheduled March 10 at Stuttgart
  • Agenda covers pumping, remote sensing, cover crops and more
  • Event to be held at Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart

 LITTLE ROCK – Organizers have set a new date – March 10 –  for the Arkansas Irrigation Expo.

 “Irrigation is such a critical issue to our growers and although winter weather prompted us to postpone our originally scheduled date, this topic is too important to let pass,” said Mike Daniels, extension water quality and nutrient management specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

 The program, to be held at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, runs from 9 .m. a.m. with the final event set for 3:15 p.m. The agenda includes speakers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.

 The agenda is below, but may be subject to change:

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration
  • 9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions - Sloan Hampton, chairman, Arkansas County Conservation District
  • 9:15 a.m. The Big Picture (Irrigation, Nutrient and More):. Mike Daniels, U of A System Division of Agriculture and Steve Stephens, Desha Co. producer
  • 9:45 a.m. Cover Crops and Soil Health: John Lee, NRCS state agronomist and Mike Taylor, Phillips Co. producer
  • 10:15 a.m. Break to visit with vendors
  • 10:45 a.m. Scheduling and Delivery: Arkansas Irrigation Water Management: Ray Benson, Mississippi County Extension Staff chair, and Lane Oliver, Prairie County producer
  • 11:30 a.m. Water Management for Rice Production:  Michele Reba, USDA-ARS Jonesboro and Mike Sullivan, rice producer
  • Noon Catfish Lunch
  • Luncheon Speaker: State Water Management Plan and Legislative Update by Randy Young, executive director, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  • 1 p.m. Remote Sensory Applications: Dennis Carmen, executive director and chief engineer, White River Irrigation District
  • 1:25 p.m. Pumping and Variable Rate and Frequency: Chris Henry, assistant Professor-University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, irrigation engineer
  • 1:45 p.m. Tailwater Recovery Systems and Incentive Programs: Charlotte Bowie, Arkansas NRCS irrigation state specialist
  • 2:15 p.m. Smart Phone Apps to Improve Irrigation: Mike Hamilton, Poinsett County extension agent
  • 2:45 p.m. Furrow Irrigation (Pipe Planner and PHAUCET): Mike Hamilton, Poinsett County extension agent
  • 3:15 p.m. Conservation Systems and Planning: Walt Delp, NRCS State Engineer

For more information about irrigation and other crop management tactics, contact your county extension office or visit

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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