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The Rice Research and Extension Center: Making real-world challenges the focus
STUTTGART, Ark. — As the nation’s number-one rice producer, the economy of Arkansas
places a premium on every aspect of the crop’s production, from the the availability
of unique and hardy varieties, to the financial success of our producers in the field,
to the impeccable quality of the finished product.
Farming: America’s most stressful job?
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The pitfalls and hazards of farming are so many and varied that
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration calls it one of the most dangerous
professions in the U.S.
Stay safe: What you need to know before building a fire
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When the cold arrives, so does bonfire and fireplace season and
with it, caveats about firewood safety.
As Arkansas growers struggle with increasingly resistant weeds, state weighs labeling
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Plant Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing
Nov. 21, during which it will consider changes to regulations now governing the use
of pesticides containing dicamba and 2,4-D.
Explained: Dicamba and its formulations
LITTLE ROCK — As growers across Arkansas and the Mid-South wrestle with how best to
combat increasingly herbicide-resistant weeds in cotton, soybeans and other major
row crops, weed scientists at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
are striving to shed light on dicamba, one of the potential new tools today in the
fight against Palmer amaranth, commonly known as pigweed.
Looking to the future: In the age of herbicide resistance, integrated management is
LITTLE ROCK — As the the Arkansas State Plant Board considers public input and works
toward final recommendations for the registration and use of a new generation of herbicides,
experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and other research
institutions are looking to the future of row crop farming in the state.
Turkey: To fry or not to fry, there is no question
LITTLE ROCK – With the big day just around the corner, turkey is on the minds of many
as preparations begin for lavish feasts and lots of leftovers. While some Thanksgiving
purists might turn their noses up to anything but a traditional roasted turkey, many
have found it’s hard to beat a fried bird in time and taste.
From observation to confirmation: One county’s story of how an invasive species was
HOPE, Ark. – Confirming the presence of an invasive pest can sometimes start with
a newspaper article and a phone call.
Dry conditions impeding forage growth in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK – The drought covering more than 86 percent of Arkansas is severely impeding
winter forage growth, but that shouldn’t stop ranchers from using good management
practices, said John Jennings, professor of animal science with the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Make family meals a priority: Join families nationwide for ‘Dine In Day’ Dec. 3
LITTLE ROCK – Soccer practice. Grocery run. Working late. We’ve all had that kind
of family-on-the-run kind of day that makes sitting down to dinner together almost
Dry weather a blessing and a curse for some Arkansas wheat growers
LITTLE ROCK — Low grain prices and dry weather are putting the brakes on he number
of winter wheat acres in Arkansas, said Jason Kelley, extension wheat and feed grains
agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
EPA registers federal label for new dicamba formulation, State Plant Board to hold
hearing Nov. 21
LITTLE ROCK — The federal Environmental Protection Agency has registered a new dicamba
formulation it says “is specifically designed to have lower volatility” when sprayed
over cotton and soybeans genetically modified to tolerate the herbicide.
HOLIDAYS: More joy, stress less this holiday season
LITTLE ROCK -- As the turkeys are carved and the twinkling lights of decorated trees
fill homes, expectations and stress also go up with the wreaths, ornaments and the
inflatable Santa. Although the holiday season is meant to be a joyful occasion, many
find themselves having a blue Christmas.
HOLIDAYS: Spend less, savor more this holiday season
LITTLE ROCK -- According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected
to spend an average of more than $930 each this holiday season, up nearly 4 percent
from 2015. With dazzling displays and Christmas lists a mile long, it can be easy
to splurge this time of year. However, a meaningful, memorable holiday doesn’t have
to be one that breaks the bank.
HOLIDAYS: War over Thanksgiving won, Black Friday commences
LITTLE ROCK -- Not too long ago, consumers hoping to scoop up the hottest items at
the lowest prices woke long before the crack of dawn to stand in even longer lines
on Black Friday. More recently, in what has been dubbed “the war on Thanksgiving,”
shoppers have hit the stores before those tasty leftovers have gotten cold. In some
cases, even before the bird hit the oven.
Four States Cattle Conference coming to Texarkana on Dec. 13
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Area experts and producers will speak about how to best prepare
cattle for the winter months and maximize profitability in an unpredictable market
at the Four States Cattle Conference, Dec. 13.
Animal science professor identifies gut microbiota signatures of healthy aging
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — "There have been a lot of genetics studies that have tried to
understand what in genetics makes people live longer and healthier," says Jiangchao
Zhao of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Arkansas, "but not much
progress has been made in that field."
MAINBAR: Div of Ag’s first wine grapes can stand up to Arkansas conditions, diseases
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The first wine grapes from the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program expand options for grape growers and
wine makers in Arkansas and neighboring states.
SIDEBAR: Grape, breeder travel the long road to a good Arkansas wine grape
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Once in the bottle, a great wine can take a decade to evolve,
mature and reach the fullness of its aroma, flavor and body to delight the senses.
Breeding the right grapevine to make that wine can take twice as long.
Growers complete plenty of field work after harvest during unusually warm, dry fall
LITTLE ROCK — As harvest draws to a close for several key commodities in Arkansas
— rice, soybeans and cotton — growers have been making the most of the unusually warm,
dry weather by preparing for spring 2017, University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture agronomists said this week.
4-H Fall Festival draws hundreds, helps fund scholarships, youth education efforts
FERNDALE, Ark. – A perfect fall day turned into a perfect way to support the scholarships
and programs of the Arkansas 4-H youth development program.