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Dicamba, flooding top list of most impactful ag stories of 2017
LITTLE ROCK – 2017 presented another tumultuous year for agriculture in Arkansas,
from record flooding to pitched battles over the use of one of the most popular herbicides
in the farming industry. Despite wild swings in precipitation from summer into fall,
the state also saw a record soybean yield, and both red banded stink bugs and fall
armyworms made their presence known throughout Arkansas.
62nd Tri-State Soybean Forum set for Jan. 5 in Louisiana
OAK GROVE, La. — The 62nd annual Tri-State Soybean Forum will be held Jan. 5 at the
Thomas Jason Lingo Community Center in Oak Grove, La.
Three January dates set for new produce safety rule training sessions
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas fruit and vegetable growers will have three opportunities in
January to attend training to comply with the new produce safety rule under Food Safety
4-H Foundation kicks off 20 for 2020 development campaign
FERNDALE, Ark. – The Arkansas 4-H Foundation, a non-profit that supports the educational
programs of 4-H, is kicking off a major development campaign called 20 for 2020.
YEAREND: Grain prices take huge bite out of sorghum, wheat acreage in 2017, corn fares
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas grain producers found themselves dealing with fickle market
forces in 2017, as grain sorghum and wheat acreage dropped sharply in the state, chiefly
due to low commodity prices, while corn acreage and yields hit their fourth-highest
YEAREND: Arkansas cotton harvest breaks records despite rocky start
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Despite a rocky start, the Arkansas cotton harvest appears poised
for a record outcome.
New Year’s Resolutions: Managing diabetes
LITTLE ROCK – Successfully navigating the caloric challenges of the end-of-the-year
holidays is tough for everyone, but can be especially difficult for those with diabetes.
YEAREND: 2017’s wet and dry rollercoaster leaves Arkansas forages in rough shape,
but state’s cattle herds look strong
LITTLE ROCK – Like many of the state’s commodities, Arkansas forages were hit hard
by the whims of 2017’s weather cycles. The extraordinarily wet summer, followed by
one of the driest autumns in the state’s history, have made for a one-two punch that
may put Arkansas cattle producers in need of supplemental feed and nutrition for their
lots by late winter.
YEAREND: Arkansas soybeans set to break state yield records
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The 2017 Arkansas soybean harvest will break state yield records
if the USDA’s November forecast holds up, said Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
YEAREND: ‘Mixed bag’ growing season finishes with 4th highest rice yield in Arkansas
STUTTGART, Ark. – A growing season of drought, flood and do-overs may still result
in the fourth highest state average yield on record for Arkansas’ rice growers, the
nation’s top producer of that commodity.
New Year’s Resolutions: Losing Weight
LITTLE ROCK -- We love Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, but as yummy as the pumpkin
pie may be, we could all do without the expanding waistlines.
Cooperative Extension Service recognizes excellence among its own
LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative
Extension Service recognized the efforts and excellence of employees at both the state
and county levels last week during the service’s Annual Faculty and Staff Conference.
Meullenet named interim head of Agricultural Experiment Station
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – Jean-François Meullenet has been named interim director of the
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station of the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, effective Dec. 11.
Ricke describes new food safety paradigm during research conference in Korea
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Advanced genetic sequencing techniques are imparting better understanding
of the bacterial communities residing in animal gastro-intestinal tracts, said Steven
Ricke, director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Center
for Food Safety.
Drought cutting into forage; stresses fledgling winter wheat crop
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas’ drought-ridden fall could turn into three seasons of trouble
for livestock and forage producers; as winter wheat growers hope for another decent
rain to keep their crop developing.
Complete beekeeping short course offered in January
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Complete Beekeeping Short Course, offered in January by the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will teach everything needed
to know how to keep bees safely and successfully.
Turfgrass shortcourse set for Jan. 4-5 at new Tyson Center
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Turfgrass identification, pests and best mowing practices are
among the topics on the agenda for the Jan. 4-5, 2018, Turfgrass Shortcourse being
held at the new Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences, 1371 W. Altheimer Dr.
Clarence Watson, Arkansas ag experiment station head, to retire Dec. 31
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Clarence Watson, director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment
Station, on Thursday announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31.
Enjoy the taste of the holidays without the weight gain
LITTLE ROCK— Christmas conjures up images of beautifully decorated trees, presents,
houses covered in lights, sugar plums, cookies, candies and meals with friends and
family. Americans typically gain one to two pounds over the holidays.
Cigarette butt ballot bins reduce litter, educate public
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Don’t cast away that cigarette butt. Cast a vote instead.
Arkansas MarketMaker Team takes second place at Farm Credit Innovation Awards
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas MarketMaker Team, with its Strategic Partnerships
Promoting Arkansas Agriculture project, was first runner-up in the 2017 Farm Credit
Innovation Awards, given at the 19th annual National Value Added Agriculture Conference.
Arkansas communities recognized in fight to prevent, reduce obesity at coalition’s
LITTLE ROCK – It’s an uphill battle to prevent and reduce obesity in Arkansas, one
of the nation’s most afflicted state, but communities in each of Arkansas’ 75 counties
are fighting it every day.