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Arkansas cotton makes strong rebound after record-low year
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas producers responding to U.S. Department of Agriculture surveys
indicated that they plan to plant about 57 percent more cotton than they did in 2015,
rebounding from a record-low 210,000 acres, according to a report from the USDA’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service published Thursday.
Nayga tapped for SEC Faculty Achievement Award
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr., whose research on poverty, nutrition, obesity
and novel food technologies has won worldwide recognition, has been honored with the
Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award at the University of Arkansas. Nayga
is a professor who holds the Tyson Endowed Chair in Food Policy Economics in the Department
of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Arkansas and the U
of A System Division of Agriculture.
Extension agents help even experienced growers break into new fields
SEARCY, Arkansas — When life-long cattle and row-crop farmer John Pratt asked Sherri
Sanders, the White County Cooperative Extension Service’s agricultural agent, what
she thought of him delving into the world of peach growing, her answer was straight
and to-the-point: “I told him it sounded like a lot of work,” Sanders recalled with
Crash budgeting can help fix a bad financial situation
LITTLE ROCK – About 40 percent of consumers have trouble making ends meet some months,
but a “crash budget” can help get finances back on track, said Laura Hendrix, an extension
personal finance expert for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Beekeeping course to be offered in Mena
Little Rock, Ark. – A three-part short course in beekeeping will be offered from 6
to 9 p.m. on April 11, 18 and 25 at the Polk County Cooperative Extension Education
Center, 211 DeQueen Street, Mena, Arkansas.
Rabies vaccination clinics scheduled for April in Dallas County
FORDYCE — The Dallas County 4-H program and the Fordyce Animal Clinic will provide
rabies vaccinations at eight locations beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9. These
vaccinations are for cats and dogs only. Cost is $8 per animal.
Cemetery maintenance and workshop planned for April
THORNTON, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will hold a workshop April 18 in Thornton.
The workshop will be free of charge.
Vetter to speak in Little Rock on Trans-Pacific Partnership
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The nation’s chief agricultural trade negotiator, Darci Vetter,
will speak March 29 in Little Rock about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a
12-country pact that if approved by Congress, would be the largest free trade agreement
in U.S. history.
Div of Ag elk researcher ‘in the front row’ in race to beat chronic wasting disease
MONTICELLO, Ark. – Wildlife biologists are racing to assess the extent of chronic
wasting disease in elk and deer since it was first confirmed in one female elk and
one female deer in Newton County in February and March.
Livestock, gardening and more on the agenda for upcoming homesteading conference
RISON, Ark. — Raised bed gardening, cane berries, herbs, needlecraft, small livestock
and other topics are scheduled for educational sessions at the South Arkansas Homesteading
Conference in Rison.
Mild winter yields expectation of early fruit harvest throughout mid-south
LITTLE ROCK — Growers and fruit specialists throughout the Mid-South are crossing
their fingers, as the mild 2015-2016 winter brings on early blooms and harvests.
Control Feral Hogs with Ingenuity
FORDYCE, Ark. – Farmers and landowners need to use their wits when trying to control
feral hogs because the animals are certainly using theirs. Feral hogs are among nature’s
smarter animals and will use their brains to stay a step ahead of potential captors.
Governor to help mark Ag Day in Benton County
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who grew up on a Benton County farm, will
help celebrate National Ag Day on Tuesday in his home county.
Genome sequencing & food-borne illnesses on agenda for OFPA convention April 5-6
SPRINGDALE, Ark. – How DNA could hold the key to pinpointing the cause of foodborne
illnesses and help scientists prevent wider outbreaks will be one of the featured
talks at the 110th Ozark Food Processors Association Convention on April 5-6.
Poll: More than 75% of U.S. adults feel stressed about finances
LITTLE ROCK – More than three-quarters of all adults in the United States say they
are stressed about finances, however, a little planning can take some of the uncertainty
out of day-to-day living, said Laura Hendrix.
Arkansas farmers’ markets believed to be growing on pace with nation in population
centers; still a rarity in rural areas
LITTLE ROCK — Small-scale and specialty crop growers using farmers’ markets, roadside
stands and other forms of direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales continue to show steady growth,
even as margins for large-scale commodity growers remain tight, University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture experts said this week.
Springtime means grazing resumes; producers need to prepare
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Grazing time is coming back with spring’s arrival on cool season
perennial pastures around Arkansas, but before dispatching the cattle to the pasture,
producers should make some preparations.
Spreading manure to redistribute nutrients
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Cattle and horses are natural fertilizer producers, but they
don’t tend to drop their plant food very evenly as they roam their pastures. That’s
where a little dragging can help, said Dirk Philipp, associate professor for animal
science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Late winter rains unlikely to impact 2016 rice acreage
LITTLE ROCK — Despite receiving more than a foot of rain in four days in some portions
of the state, the steady downpour isn’t likely to impact an overall increase 2016
rice acreage, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture experts said this
Pipe planning/irrigation workshop set for March 16
McGEHEE, Ark. – Producers can learn more about how Pipe Planner can make their crop
irrigation more efficient while saving on water and electricity at a workshop set
for March 16 at the University of Arkansas-Monticello College of Technology at McGehee.
Arkansas peanut acreage expected to grow again in 2016; experts plan for sustainability
JONESBORO, Ark. — Peanut production in the Arkansas Delta is expected to continue
moderate growth over 2015 numbers, experts and growers said Thursday at a Craighead
County Cooperative Extension Service production meeting in Jonesboro.
April 19 ‘Managing Breeding & Feeding’ field day at Batesville Station
BATESVILLE, Ark. – Managing aspects of the breeding and feeding of cattle are the
key topics for the April 19 livestock field day at the Livestock and Forestry Station
LeadAR members lay wreath at Arlington tomb
WASHINGTON — Two members of LeadAR, the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture’s premier leadership program, shared a once-in-a-lifetime experience Feb.
25 when they participated in the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers
at Arlington National Cemetery.
Farmers wary of 2007 Easter freeze repeat, target March 21 to start planting
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas farmers, wary of a repeat of the 2007 Easter freeze, have their
sights set on March 21 to start planting row crops.
EPA moves to ban insecticide Belt; could have major impact for Arkansas growers
LITTLE ROCK — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it was seeking
to cancel registration for a key insecticide used to combat crop-hungry pests such
as fall armyworm and corn earworm.