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NASS Acreage report for Arkansas: Sorghum sinks, cotton rebounds, rice gains ground
JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas sorghum acres evaporated, soybean acres rose on a late-inning
price rally, and rice gained acres thanks to lower fuel and fertilizer prices and
in spite of flat-ish new crop futures, Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Thursday.
Look before you lock: Children and heatstroke
LITTLE ROCK -- Every year in the U.S., an average of 37 children die after suffering
heat strokes from being left in hot cars, according to KidsAndCars.org, equal to
one child every nine days.
“Food meetups” provide opportunity to organize local markets
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansans interested in creating, supporting or participating in local
food markets should mark their calendars for a series of upcoming regional “food meetups”
throughout the state.
Susan Watkins named Poultry Federation Industry Leader of Year
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Susan Watkins, professor of poultry science and poultry extension
specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, was named
the 2016 Industry Leader of the Year by The Poultry Federation.
Pinkeye incidence in Northwest Arkansas cattle expected to be high this season
LITTLE ROCK — Cooperative Extension Service agents in counties throughout Northwest
Arkansas have reported an increase in incidences of bovine keratoconjunctivitis during
the last month, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture experts said
this week. The bacterial infection of the sensitive tissues of the eyes of cattle
and horses is more commonly known as “Pinkeye.”
Millennial entrepreneur to speak at Breakthrough Solutions conference on July 8
LITTLE ROCK — Organizers for the 2016 Breakthrough Solutions conference announced
this week that the conference will feature keynote speaker Greg Tehven, executive
director for Emerging Prairie.
Late blight hitting Arkansas tomatoes early
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Heavy spring rains have delivered a destructive fungal disease
to Arkansas tomato growers. Jackie Lee, horticulture integrated pest management specialist
for the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, said late blight has been found this
year at a dramatically higher rate than usual.
Safety first for Arkansas fish producers, anglers during thunderstorm season
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – As the nation observes Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 19-25,
2016, Arkansas fish producers and anglers should keep some safety practices in mind
when working in and around ponds, says Larry W. Dorman, Extension aquaculture specialist
at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Midweek storms cause greensnap in corn
LITTLE ROCK – Corn producers in northeastern and east-central Arkansas were assessing
potential losses after strong storms caused greensnap – breaking of stems by high
Early signs of rust fungi in neighboring states signal danger for some Arkansas row
LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture experts warned
this week that early signs of fungi including soybean rust and southern rust in neighboring
states may leave some Arkansas crops more vulnerable than in most years.
Workshop updates blackberry growers on new varieties, new technology and improved horticultural practices
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Blackberry growers learned how the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture supports their businesses from field to market during a blackberry
workshop and field day June 9 at the Fruit Research Station.
Center of Excellence for Poultry Science Hosts Armed to Farm Workshop
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas, the UA System Division of Agriculture,
Department of Poultry Science and the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, received
a three-year, $749,720 grant through the United States Department of Agriculture,
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development
Program to aid in funding the Military Veterans Small Farms outreach program.
Extension Health Ambassador Program changes lives, habits
LITTLE ROCK – A program that teaches Arkansans to take control of their health can
also change their lives in other ways, said Lisa Washburn, assistant professor-health,
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Online registration open for Aug. 3 Turfgrass field day
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Online registration for the Aug. 3 Turfgrass Field Day at Fayetteville
at is now open.
With a week of clear summer weather, wheat harvest finally underway
LITTLE ROCK — After two weeks’ worth of intermittent rains in late May and early June
delayed the start of the winter wheat harvest throughout eastern Arkansas, area growers
were finally able to set to the task early this week.
TPP may pose good news, bad news for U.S. rice exports
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Trans-Pacific Partnership now before the U.S. Congress is
expected to have an overall positive impact on U.S. rice exports, but may pose a risk
to long grain exports, according to a report from the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
Arkansas Flower & Garden Show scholarship application deadline July 1
LITTLE ROCK — Gardening enthusiasts and horticulture professionals are already preparing
and looking forward to the 26th Arkansas Flower and Garden Show in February 2017. But thanks to a lesser known motive
of the show, students across the state are looking forward to their own futures in
the field. This year, the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show will be awarding five $1,500
Hispanics, Latinos can learn how to start a business in Arkansas
DARDANELLE, Ark. – Hispanic and Latino entrepreneurs can learn how to navigate the
legal, regulatory and financial aspects of of starting a business at a free workshop
set for June 21 at the Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce.
Summer turns up heat for ranchers to aggressively manage fescue
FAYETTEVILLE Ark. – When summer turns the heat up, ranchers in the fescue belt need
to manage pastures more aggressively.
New foundation seed facility nears completion as Rice Expo approaches
STUTTGART, Ark. — Agricultural research and extension in Arkansas will soon take a
great stride forward as the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
prepares to open its new Foundation Seed Facility for operation in early August.
Beginner beekeeping classes set for Forrest City in June
LITTLE ROCK – If the idea of harvesting honey in your backyard sounds good, be sure
to join Extension Apiculturist Jon Zawislak of the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, for three once-weekly classes on beginner beekeeping.
Digiuseppe remembered for professionalism, knowledge of agriculture issues
LITTLE ROCK – Those in agriculture are remembering reporter Gary Digiuseppe as “a
true professional” whose knowledge of the industry was deeply appreciated.
Heavy weekend rains delay start of winter wheat harvest
LITTLE ROCK — Heavy rains throughout northeast Arkansas delayed the start of the winter
wheat harvest, and wrecked a degree of havoc among other crops throughout the area,
Cooperative Extension Service agents said Tuesday.