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June 16 SW Research/Extension field day puts the focus on agritourism

By Mary Hightower

U of a System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts

  • Agritourism panel part of program
  • World-renowned fruit breeder John Clark on new cultivars
  • Meet new Division horticulture specialists
  • For info/registration; Sherri Pote, 870-777-9702.

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HOPE, Ark. – Agritourism has its fun and serious sides. Hear about both at the June 16 Horticulture Field Day at the Southwest Research and Extension Center.

Hort Day 2016 panel
Food preservation, fruit production, agritourism are all part of the mix for this field day. 

“This year’s horticulture field day has a really strong program for those in the agritourism business or are considering trying it as an added source of income,” said. Dr. Vic Ford, director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s SWREC. “We have experts who can discuss how to plan and negotiate the legal considerations of opening a tourism operation.”

The field day also includes an Agritourism panel discussion featuring David and Sylvia Reddin of Suzanne’s Fruit Farm in Hampton; Jack and Sunny Daniels of Miracle Farms in Bodcaw; and Luke and Deedee Alston of Holly Springs Homestead in Mena.

The field day is also an opportunity to hear from world-renowned fruit breeder John Clark, on new cultivars from the Division of Agriculture; and to meet the division’s two new horticulture specialists, Jackie Lee and Amanda McWhirt.

Of course, the field day is famous for its home cooking and this year will feature recipe demonstrations featuring Arkansas foods and a food preservation/jams and jellies workshop by extension Family and Consumer Science agents. 

The full agenda is available for download. 

The field day opens at 7:30 a.m. with registration and winds up at 2 p.m. Admission is $17 for registration in advance of the event, or $20 at the door. Call Sherri Pote, 870-777-9702 for more information or to register.

For more information on horticulture, contact your county extension office or visit

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact the SW Research and Extension Center as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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