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Mineral leases: What you need to know about lease end, water quality and your estate
LITTLE ROCK – Mineral leases can provide additional income, but they also come with
additional responsibilities. Hear the industry, regulatory and legal perspectives
at a workshop Dec. 17 in Searcy.
Avian flu workshop prepares first response teams
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A four-day workshop hosted by the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture has prepared 34 USDA Veterinary Service personnel to be first
responders in the event of an avian influenza outbreak.
Division of Agriculture administrator hits the deck – and hard: 24 hours on an aircraft
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Rick Roeder was shot and captured on the Pacific Ocean. The U.S.
Navy did it all.
Mississippi State University to host Tri-State Soybean Conference
STONEVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension
Center will be hosting the Tri-State Soybean Forum on January 8, 2016 in the Capps
Entrepreneurial Center on the Stoneville campus.
Kickstart Cleveland County releases community development plan
RISON, Ark. — Kickstart Cleveland County, a grassroots organization dedicated to improving
and revitalizing Cleveland County and its communities, published the 2015 Strategic
Blueprint and Action Plan on Nov. 19.
Full bellies, good vibes on the menu for ‘Dining In Day’
LITTLE ROCK — Each year, families across Arkansas gather around the dinner table for
Thanksgiving to enjoy a home-cooked meal. With planning, that treasured family time
can be a daily event, said Rosemary Rodibaugh, professor-nutrition with the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Food Safety for the Holidays
LITTLE ROCK -- From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, the holiday season is filled with
gatherings around a table or buffet. While nothing’s better than a plate full of our
seasonal favorites, without a little forethought, those turkey and trimmings can be
sources of illness waiting to infect the next holiday party-goer.
Holiday Budget Control: Spending Less, Without the Stress
LITTLE ROCK -- 'Tis better to give than to receive. But when your holiday budget quickly
becomes a thing of the past due to overspending and credit cards that reach their
limits, it’s hard to feel the “better” part of gift giving. This holiday season’s
goal should be more about joy and less about a New Year’s resolution to pay off Christmas
Keeping Fit Despite Winter Chill
LITTLE ROCK -- When the cold weather and holiday season hits, it’s easy to ditch those
exercise routines you’ve developed since last year’s New Year’s resolutions. The winter
chill and a packed schedule of festivities can leave little time (or desire) to step
out the door for that morning run. But we need to reframe the way we think about exercise
during the winter months, Lisa Washburn, Assistant Professor of Health for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said.
Taking the stress out of preparing the perfect turkey
TEXARKANA, Ark. — As Thanksgiving approaches, we want the star of the show to be the
turkey. With just a little know-how, you can prepare a stress-free turkey.
First frost means hold the grazing on johnsongrass
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing across much of
Arkansas by this weekend, which should prompt cattle producers to use caution before
allowing livestock to graze fields of johnsongrass. Prussic acid (hydrocyanic acid)
can result from the frost and can be toxic to the livestock.
High winds, heavy rains do minor damage, but will have little impact on harvest
LITTLE ROCK — Heavy, record-setting rains saturated fields and caused creeks to swell
in Arkansas this week, delaying winter wheat planting but coming too late in the season
to damage most fall-harvested crops, Cooperative Extension Service personnel said.
Frost is coming, so put a blanket on it
SEARCY, Ark. – The National Weather Service at Little Rock has issued a frost advisory
from midnight Friday until 9 a.m. Monday and that’s the cue for gardeners to protect
Former Faulkner County 4-H member named national FFA president
LITTLE ROCK — Taylor McNeel, a Southern Arkansas University student and long-time
4-H member, will serve in 2016 as the national president of the Future Farmers of
Webinar series to cover rice markets
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Rice markets and associated technology will be the topics of
three installments of the Food and Agribusiness Webinar Series on Nov. 12 and 19.
The online events are free and presented by the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture and the Farm Service Agency.
Application period open for Janet B. Carson Scholarship
LITTLE ROCK – High school seniors looking toward earning a degree in a plant-science
related field have an opportunity to apply for the $1,000 Janet B. Carson Scholarship,
awarded annually by the County 76 Master Gardeners.
Cattle conference to feature regional experts
TEXARKANA, Ark. – Arkansas cattle producers will have the opportunity to catch up
on new developments in the business at the Four States Cattle Conference on Dec. 8
at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana. The conference will run from 8 a.m. to
Extension seeking community facilitator as CDC project expands to Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK — Cooperative Extension Service administrators are seeking qualified applicants
to help implement obesity-reduction strategies in four Arkansas counties as part of
an ongoing project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Leucine serves an important role for health, but needs to eaten as part of a complete
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Bodybuilding enthusiasts sometimes seek out leucine as a supplement
for making their muscles bigger. The general public is less aware of its usefulness
as a functional ingredient in protein that provides health benefits.
Kudzu bugs spread to 7 counties in Arkansas; too late to damage state’s soybeans
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Poinsett is the latest county to see kudzu bugs, bringing the
number of Arkansas counties in which the pest has spread to seven.
EQIP Cost Share Funding for Efficient Use of Poly Pipe
PINE BLUFF, Ark. –Improving irrigation efficiency and reducing dependence on ground
water for irrigation are top priorities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fortunately
for Arkansas producers, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through
its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical
assistance to implement irrigation practices through its cost-share programs.
Hit the trails, start training at home; exercise isn’t costly
LITTLE ROCK – There’s no need to be wary of a personal fitness program because of
the costs of gym memberships or exercise equipment. Fitness routines can cost little
to nothing if people look for the right options, said Laura Hendrix, assistant professor
of family and consumer sciences at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Take a closer look in the fridge; wasted food costs consumers money
LITTLE ROCK – Food waste not only adds up in the landfills – it’s the single largest
component that ends up there – but it also is costing the average family of four $1,480
a year. Individual households contribute to the 90 billion pounds of edible food that
go out with the trash annually.
Upcoming conference to discuss nutrient management, edge-of-field monitoring
MEMPHIS — Producers throughout Arkansas and neighboring states have an opportunity
to learn about the latest developments in nutrient management and edge-of-field monitoring
at an upcoming conference sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.