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Top Arkansas ag stories of 2016
LITTLE ROCK — 2016 proved a difficult year for many Arkansas growers. Severe flooding
in August impacted production to the tune of an approximately $50 million crop loss,
and an unprecedented political season cast doubt on the future of international trade
agreements and farm subsidies.
Andrew Sharpley elected society president for 2017
MADISON, Wisc. — Andrew Sharpley, professor, University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, begins his duties as president of the Soil Science Society of America
(SSSA) Jan. 1.
Arkansas agriculture: 2016 review and 2017 preview
LITTLE ROCK – The impacts of a 2016 growing season that may have cost crop farmers
up to $50 million in losses due to wet weather, plus the pressures of lower commodity
prices, may prompt changes in Arkansas’ row crop landscape for 2017, said extension
faculty from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Neither was
the livestock side of farming immune to dark clouds.
Division of Agriculture’s specialty rice program approaches release of two aromatic
STUTTGART, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s specialty
rice program, seated in the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, is planning
to release two varieties of aromatic rice in the coming years, researchers said this
Strawberry initiative seeks input from growers, industry
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and
its partners in the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative are seeking input
from growers as the multi-state research program enters a new phase of study.
YEAREND: 2016 weather propelled commodity market rollercoaster
Greening of Arkansas committee names 2016 grant recipients
LITTLE ROCK — Nine communities across Arkansas learned this week that they will receive
a combined total of about $17,500 in grant funding through the Greening of Arkansas
Arkansas youth to mark 4-H Day at the Capitol on Feb. 16
LITTLE ROCK – More than 300 members of the Arkansas 4-H Youth Development program
are expected visit Little Rock on Feb. 16 for 4-H Day at the Capitol.
Making sense of the 2017 Arkansas Legislative session
LITTLE ROCK -- A flurry of new state laws will be proposed in January as Arkansas
representatives and senators go back to the Capitol for the 2017 legislative session.
Trying to keep up with hundreds of potential laws can seem overwhelming, but there
are several ways the average Joe can follow along during the session.
Arkansas Flower and Garden Show to focus on “Local Roots” in February
LITTLE ROCK — In just two short months, the state’s largest annual botanical show,
the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, will again open its doors to welcome flower and
garden lovers from across the Mid-south.
Picking a Christmas tree? Gloves, measurements, eyeballs needed
HOPE, Ark. – Gloves, measurements and a good eye are among the tools needed to select
the best Christmas tree, said Jon Barry, extension forester for the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Real Christmas trees: A growing trend
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – While some spent Thanksgiving weekend Black Friday shopping,
others went Christmas tree shopping.
Arkansas winter production meeting schedule posted
LITTLE ROCK – Between fall harvest and spring planting is the time that crop production
experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture tour the state
presenting new research findings to the state’s producers.
Jan. 10 Lonoke-Prairie-Pulaski meeting puts rice, beans, corn, sorghum production
LONOKE, Ark. – The annual Lonoke, Prairie and Pulaski County Ag Day and winter crop
production meeting is set for Jan. 10 at the Carlisle First United Methodist Church.
ExCEL program, Vines Center earn top honors from Arkansas Business
FERNDALE, Ark. – Grass, sunshine and water balloons aren’t the usual management tools
for building a better workforce, but those very ingredients are what helped lift the
ExCEL program and the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center to “Best Team Building Center”
status for the eighth time among readers of “Arkansas Business.”
Jonesboro conference to focus on cover crops, soil health and water management
LITTLE ROCK — Three of the most important aspects of modern farming will be the focus
of the upcoming Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management
Conference, scheduled for Dec. 13-14 in Jonesboro.
Media advisory: Holiday photo opp
Members of the Perryville High School 4-H Club will be packing meals for those in
need this holiday season at 9 a.m. Monday. Members of the club raised $2,000 for the
Cooperative Extension Service honors standout employees
LITTLE ROCK — Faculty and staff with the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service met in Little Rock on Monday morning to
honor their own, recognizing standout achievements during the 2016 Excellence Awards.
Annual horticulture show opens Jan. 13
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Building healthy economies with local and regional food systems
will headline the topics presented at the 36th annual Arkansas-Oklahoma Horticulture
Industry Show Jan. 13-14 in Fayetteville.
Invasive disease, invasive beetle affect source of gumbo’s filé and root beer
LITTLE ROCK — An invasive beetle carrying an invasive disease is a threat to the tree
whose leaves provide gumbo’s filé and whose below-ground parts provide the unique
bite to root beer.