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Grape growers gather Nov. 4 for state conference
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Association of Grape Growers will hold its annual
conference and trade show Nov. 4 at the Arkansas Tech University-Ozark campus. The
one-day conference will be capped by a wine reception and banquet at the Fraternal
Order of Eagles in Altus, at 5:30.
Benton County stormwater educator honored with 2016 Tatom Award
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. – Her love of Arkansas and ability to work toward long term
goals has helped earn Trish Ouei the 2016 Ginger Tatom Award from the Arkansas Department
of Environmental Quality.
‘Ties to the Land’ program to help property owners think about the next generation
LITTLE ROCK – Preventing conflicts over how land passes to the next generation is
the goal of the “Ties to the Land” workshop set for Dec. 6 in Texarkana, Texas.
Two sides of the warm weather coin: A rapid soybean harvest and a lot of dry forage
LITTLE ROCK — Over the course of his career, Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has probably seen every
disease known to afflict beans at the state at one time or another. In 2016, he may
have managed to have seen them all at once.
‘Bumpers on the Road’ Brings the College to Stuttgart
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Lona Robertson, interim dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, and other administrators are
taking “Bumpers on the Road” for one-on-one conversations with anyone interested in
learning more about the college. They will visit with high school students, alumni
and supporters to talk about opportunities and growth at the college.
Fenceline weaning puts less stress on cows and calves
LITTLE ROCK — When its time to wean a calf from its mother, it can be a stressful
situation for all involved — including the rancher. But some techniques make for a
gentler road than others, according to University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
associate professor of forages Dirk Philipp.
Let’s keep it civil: Election cycle survival tips for families
LITTLE ROCK – There are ways to remain sane and civil during an election year, said
Brittney Schrick, PhD, extension family life specialist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture.
Div of Ag conventional rice varieties Diamond, Titan look promising in preliminary
rice trial data
STUTTGART, Ark. — Diamond and Titan, conventional long- and medium-grain rice varieties
developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, should offer
strong yields and other advantages to growers, according to preliminary data from
this year’s rice performance trials.
National 4-H Month goes out with a bang with 4-H Fall Festival
FERNDALE, Ark. – National 4-H Month in Arkansas will go out with celebration: the
4-H Fall Festival, Oct. 29, in Ferndale.
4-H livestock programs help instill responsibility, camaraderie
LITTLE ROCK — As light rain and blustery winds lowered on the Arkansas State Fairgrounds
this week, competitors and other participants in the fair’s cattle competition were
undeterred, as a slow parade of heifers, steers and other cows were led through Barton
Coliseum for a pre-competition weigh-in.
BCRET releases 2016 3Q report
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The team conducting research on water quality in the Big Creek
tributary of the Buffalo River has posted its report for the second quarter of 2016,
summarizing its work from July 1 to Sept. 30.
Plant cover crops in fall to protect, improve soil
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – As farmers finish harvesting their summer crops, they should consider
planting cover crops to revitalize their soil’s nutrient content, Shaun Francis, Extension
horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, said. When seeded
in the fall and grown throughout the winter, crops such as grains, grasses or legumes
can help ensure healthy, productive soil for the next growing season.
Planting leafy greens in early fall: good for the dinner table and garden
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The benefits of growing greens in the early fall are twofold, says
Shaun Francis, Extension horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas at
Pine Bluff. Not only are greens good for human health, but they can also help ensure
the soil health in a garden throughout the fall and winter.
2017 Tri-State Soybean Forum set for Jan. 6 at Dumas
DUMAS, Ark. – The 2017 edition of the Tri-State Soybean Forum is set for Jan. 6, in
Dumas, said Chuck Capps, event chairman and Desha County extension staff chair for
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Arkansas 4-H forestry team wins national championship, a first for state
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WESTON, W. Va. — A quartet of Arkansans from Bradley County has won the National 4-H
Forestry Championship, bringing home the state’s first national title.
Worker suffers injured leg after backhoe pins him against fence
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture employee
was treated and released from Washington Regional after sustaining an injury to his
right leg on Tuesday.
Arkansas 4-H forestry team takes top honors at national invitational
WESTON, VA — Hours of work and study, some of it up to the 11th hour, went into the Arkansas 4-H Forestry Team’s 1st Place victory at this year’s National 4-H Forestry Invitational.
UAPB uses aquaculture to bridge educational concepts in Arkansas classrooms
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – As an Extension specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine
Bluff, Bauer Duke’s work takes him to middle school and high school classrooms across
Arkansas teaching a very specialized subject with broad educational implications.
In a mandate between the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, his job is to provide technical support and
science-based information to teachers introducing students to recirculating aquaculture
Smart irrigation choices top research agenda as peanuts return to Arkansas
LAWRENCE COUNTY, ARK. — As Mike Andrews and Herb Ginn, agricultural agents for the
Randolph and Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Service offices, respectively,
clawed their way through bundles of harvested peanuts Wednesday morning, they admitted
the work was not especially easy.
Fruit breeder brings advanced tools to division programs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Dr. Margaret Worthington hopes to promote efforts to identify
genetic markers associated with desirable fruit traits — flavor and texture, disease
resistance, and other sought-after characteristics that can lead to improved fruit
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Financial protection for online
LITTLE ROCK – With more than $341 billion in online retail transactions in the U.S.
in 2015, there’s always a chance something could go wrong, especially if consumers
aren’t careful with their online information.
A honey of a schedule for beekeepers
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansans who want to learn to raise their own honeybees will have ample
opportunity over the next year to learn these skills through a series of courses offered
by the Cooperative Extension Service.
October is Farm to School Month in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK – October is Farm to School Month, celebrating efforts to keep Arkansas’
families connected with the source of their lunches.
Cooperative Extension Service urges legal compliance when dealing with feral hogs
LITTLE ROCK — As feral hogs become an increasing nuisance in the northern counties
of Arkansas, farmers, land owners and other residents need to be aware of any local
trapping or baiting ordinances that may be in effect in their respective areas.
They’re ba-aack! Webworms decorate for Halloween; make unsightly mess, but no serious
damage to trees
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Just in time for Halloween, fall webworms are cloaking Arkansas’
trees in a big, spooky mess. Not to worry — those web wrappings may look terrible,
but University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture entomologists say the caterpillars
aren’t causing any lasting damage to the trees.
In Arkansas forage, August rains result in high bale counts, but low protein and energy
LITTLE ROCK — The same summer rains that delayed rice harvest and triggered as much
as $50 million in crop losses throughout Arkansas are having a different effect on
forage producers, albeit in a different way.
Beekeeping for beginners: Classes set for Ash Flat in October
LITTLE ROCK – If the idea of raising your own bees and 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
Archives Month Celebrates the Digitization of Extension Circulars
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections Department
will celebrate American Archives Month with an event highlighting the opening of the
Arkansas Extension Circulars Digital Collection. The event will be at 1:30 pm. Thursday,
Oct. 13, in the Special Collections Reading Room in Mullins Library.
Longer-lasting residuals give more economical fall armyworm management option
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Disappearing lawns, pastures and hay meadows are the calling
card of grass-hungry fall armyworms and this year, a 10-county demonstration by the
Cooperative Extension Service pointed to a more economical way to manage this annual
Streamlined schedule, experienced instructors part of 2016 local tax schools
LITTLE ROCK – The annual Income Tax School, presented by the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, will feature the same experienced instructors and
continuing education credits, but with a streamlined schedule in 2016.
Plant Board expands Emerald Ash Borer quarantine to include 33 counties in state
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas State Plant Board moved last week to expand the emerald
ash borer quarantine to include 27 counties throughout the state. The expansion adds
eight new counties to the quarantine list, including Randolph County, where the presence
of the invasive pest was recently confirmed, as well as the five counties that border
it within the state: Fulton, Sharp, Lawrence, Greene and Clay counties.