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4-H makes first appearance at Arkansas STEM Festival
LITTLE ROCK — About a dozen Arkansas 4-H members joined about 1,000 students from
around the state Friday morning at the second annual Arkansas STEM Festival, organized
by the LISA Academy of Little Rock.
Irrigation tips, potential for cost savings to be reviewed at sessions
LITTLE ROCK. – Workshops in Jonesboro and Stuttgart will provide producers a chance
to hear details that were compiled from irrigation water management demonstrations
last year on cooperating farms in the state. The University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture is sponsoring the events.
Herbicide use tops agenda at April 28 Forestry Field Day
HOPE, Ark. – Like any other crop, timber needs to be managed to ensure a healthy stand
that’s not being outcompeted for water and nutrients by weeds or other undesirable
plants. Proper use of herbicides by non-commercial forest landowners is the topic
of the April 28 Forestry Field Day at the Southwest Research and Extension Center.
New herbicide formulation offers additional tools for cotton farmers
LITTLE ROCK — Cotton growers in Arkansas and elsewhere will have a new weapon at their
disposal this season in the battle against PPO-resistant pigweed.
Arkansas Farmers’ Market Association pushing for more vendors, paid managers
LITTLE ROCK — As farmers’ markets continue to grow in popularity throughout Arkansas,
members of the Arkansas Farms’ Market Association want to make sure those markets
are firmly rooted in their communities, members of the association said during their
annual meeting this month.
TAX TIME: Survey finds adults more likely to save than splurge with tax refund
LITTLE ROCK – When tax time turns into a refund windfall, adults are more likely to
use the money to save or pay down debt than to go on a spending spree, a survey by
the National Endowment for Financial Education finds.
AFMA Announces Arkansas Best Market Partners 2016
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Farmers Market Association announced three winners of the
“Arkansas Best Market Partners 2016” contest at the organization’s annual meeting,
held Feb. 10 at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension headquarters in Little
Arkansas cotton acreage likely to increase in 2016, experts say
KEISER, Ark. — After a year in which total harvested cotton acreage dropped to a record
low — about 205,000 acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture — the crop
may be poised for a rebound in 2016, agronomists with the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture said earlier this month.
TAX TIME: Stretch tax refunds with smart saving
LITTLE ROCK — A tax refund can feel like a personal stimulus package. And although
it’s tempting to use it right away, saving some or all of it can pay dividends down
the road, said Laura Hendrix, assistant professor of family and consumer science with
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
February is the time to fertilize cool season grasses
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Even though the winter landscape in may seem to be asleep, cool
season forages are saying: “feed me.”
Extension to offer series of spray clinics in February, March
LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will deliver
a series of six half-day spray clinics at locations throughout Arkansas in February
Arkansas Discovery Farm’s story to be profiled at Mid-South Farm and Gin Show
LITTLE ROCK – Successes at a cotton and corn farm where University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture personnel are measuring efficiencies will highlight a panel
and be recognized with an award at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show on Feb. 26-27 in
Strawberry initiative e-book cited as best by horticulture society
By FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Success in the Field, an e-book published by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
detailing the accomplishments of the second phase of the National Strawberry Sustainability
Initiative in 2014-15, has been recognized as the outstanding research/extension publication
by a professional organization.
Arkansas dries out, gives farmers a chance for fieldwork
LONOKE, Ark. – As the calendar counts down to spring, Arkansas farmers are taking
advantage of late winter dry weather to get some field work done ahead of planting.
Woodland ownership workshop for women set for March 3-4
LITTLE ROCK – Understanding the weather and market pressures involved in owning woodlands
is at the heart of the Women Woodland Owners Workshop set for March 3-4.
Feb. 11 Irrigation tech meeting has sessions for newbies, advanced users
STUTTGART, Ark. – Whether new to computerized irrigation aids or an advanced user,
the Feb. 11 Irrigation Technology meeting at the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture’s Rice Research and Extension Station has sessions for both users.
Lace up those walking shoes: Walk Across Arkansas begins Feb. 15
LITTLE ROCK – Walk Across Arkansas, an eight-week public health initiative that begins
Feb. 15, is encouraging schools to take part, said LaVona Traywick, an associate professor
of gerontology for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
25 years of education flourishes at Arkansas Flower and Garden show
LITTLE ROCK — While the spectacular gardens, vendors and how-to talks may change,
one thing has remained a constant through the 25 years of the Arkansas Flower and
Garden Show: it funds scholarships for students and grants for beautification projects.
The kindest cut: Learning to prune fruit trees, vines, canes
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – Pruning is an essential skill for anyone with a fruit crop, no
matter if it grows on a tree, a vine or a cane.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton, professor and director for the Center
for Food Animal Wellbeing, a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, was honored at the International
Poultry and Processing Expo and inducted into the American Poultry Hall of Fame on
Film provides water-saving advice for Delta producers, picks up award STUTTGART, Ark. – At two hours it’s longer than most theatrical releases, but a film
that was produced with University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture support
will provide farmers tips on saving water and money using Computerized Hole Selection
that will make it worth their while to sit through the full feature.
P. Allen Smith to speak at 25th anniversary Arkansas Flower and Garden Show
LITTLE ROCK — Gardening and lifestyle guru P. Allen Smith will be part of the speaker
lineup at the 25th anniversary Arkansas Flower and Garden Show on Feb. 26-28 at the Statehouse Convention
Center in Little Rock.
‘Homegrown Profits 2016’ workshop coming to Little Rock, offers producers info on
LITTLE ROCK — Farmers, nutritionists and anyone else interested in learning about
marketing and expanding profits for specialty crops will want to attend Homegrown
Profits 2016: Expanding & Diversifying to Maximize Profits, the Feb. 22 workshop hosted
by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Arkansas Farm Bureau.
Chinese decision on Roundup Xtend is good news/bad news for Arkansas soy growers
LONOKE Ark. – China’s decision to allow imports of dicamba-tolerant soybeans is bittersweet
news for Arkansas producers struggling for weed control options in both their soy
and cotton crops.
Wild in the streets: when coyotes come calling in the city
LITTLE ROCK – If a coyote shows up in the backyard of your urban or suburban home,
the question isn’t what the animal is doing in town. With all the resources that a
city has to offer, why wouldn’t coyotes take up urban life?
What the groundhog sees: Not so much winter or spring, but delicious looking things
in your garden
LITTLE ROCK – Groundhogs have nationwide fame for their alleged ability to predict
the coming of spring. However, their presence in your yard will predict whether you
– or them -- will get to enjoy the fruits of your gardening labors.