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Joy and sorrow when plants bloom early
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Wait … what month is this? The calendar may still say winter,
but unseasonably warm temperatures have convinced many blooming plants that spring
has arrived. Color is popping out all over the place.
America Saves Week represents culmination of fiscal emphasis from Cooperative Extension
Service, national coalition
LITTLE ROCK — “America Saves,” the annual effort by the Cooperative Extension Service
in conjunction with the Consumer Federation of America that begins Jan. 1 of each
year, culminates this week with America Saves Week, in which interested Arkansans
are encouraged to commit to themselves — and one another — to make good financial
choices, including saving more money and paying off debt.
Festival to honor the work women did during WWI
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- From helping ease worldwide food shortages to outfitting
the troops, Arkansas women helped the U.S. through the First World War in any way
they could. The Inaugural Arkansas Women's History Month Festival: Remembering 1917
will showcase women’s service to the country during wartime.
Monroe County seeing initial success in efforts to promote a healthier community
CLARENDON, Ark. — The journey of 1,000 miles begins with the first step, or so the
saying goes. The journey is considerably easier, one might add, with willing travelers.
New variety grows good cotton and plenty of it
KEISER, Ark. — A new cotton variety from the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture offers high yields and excellent fiber quality for Arkansas growers.
Cleaning planters, seeders necessary before warm season grazing season starts
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A shop vacuum and a few screwdrivers and wrenches can go a long
way to ensuring smooth sailing during forage planting season, said Dirk Philipp, associate
professor-animal science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
2017 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show set to kick off this Friday
LITTLE ROCK — The 2017 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, the state’s largest show dedicated
to horticulture, landscaping and a wide variety of gardening aspects, will kick off
at 10 a.m. this Friday at the Statehouse Convention Center, located in downtown Little
National champ forestry team triumphs at Hogskin Forestry contest
HAMPTON, Ark. – Amid record attendance, Hermitage High School, which won last year’s
national 4-H Forestry championship, earned top honors in the 2017 Hogskin Forestry
Fulton County extension on long haul to confirm lime recommendations
FULTON COUNTY, Ark. — For more that 100 years, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
and the Cooperative Extension Service have brought the dual aspects of the “research
and extension” concept together for the benefit of Arkansas producers, making science-based,
unbiased recommendations for the selection of crop seed, fertilizer, pesticides and
Beekeeping classes coming to Fort Smith, starting March 20
LITTLE ROCK – If you’ve ever been drawn to the idea of raising bees for honey, now’s
your chance to learn the basics of bee health, hive management and honey harvesting,
from a master beekeeper.
Fertilize forages early to end hay feeding
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Applying fertilizer now to wheat, rye, ryegrass and fescue can
jumpstart forage growth and bring hay feeding to an early end, said John Jennings,
extension forage specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
March 7 Field Day to help strawberry growers keep pace with rising demands
HOPE, Ark. – Demand for strawberries in the U.S. has risen and fruit experts with
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture want to help growers keep
Education, dedication, loyalty focus of 4-H Day at the Capitol
LITTLE ROCK — More than 400 4-H members from throughout Arkansas arrived at the State
Capitol Building Thursday morning to hear from Governor Asa Hutchinson and other elected
officials before touring the grounds, meeting with some of their respective legislators
and attending readings of the 4-H Day resolutions in the House and Senate.
A little tax prep goes a long way
LITTLE ROCK -- Love it or hate it, the 2017 tax season is upon us. Whether anticipating
a sizable return or dreading how much you might pay (or hoping to just break even),
a little organization beforehand could be the difference between writing a bigger
check and keeping a few extra dollars in your pocket.
Just the basics from the IRS tax form checklist
When getting your tax material together, here are the basics, according to the Internal
How to stay safe and get the most out of dating in the 21st century
LITTLE ROCK -- With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love and romance seem
to be on everyone’s minds. The dating world has undergone some changes in recent years,
as technology becomes increasingly more important in our every day lives.
Take anti-mosquito precautions during warm winter
LITTLE ROCK – If you find yourself doing a little more scratching this time of year,
it could be that those pesky biting insects associated with warmer days are already
sinking their proboscises into you.
So you’ve broken your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry: your fitness goals are
LITTLE ROCK -- A few weeks into the new year, and the signs of broken resolutions
can be seen as the gym floor becomes slowly less crowded. If you’re one of the folks
who started the year with best intentions, “getting fit” is a hard resolution, know
that reaching fitness goals for 2017 is still attainable.
For Better or For Worse: Healthy habits for a healthy marriage
LITTLE ROCK -- A study released in November from the National Center for Marriage
and Family Research showed the divorce rate in the U.S. is at a 40-year low. In 2015,
the divorce rate was 16.9 divorces per 1,000 married women, down from 17.6 in 2015.
Marriage, on the other hand, is at the highest rate since 2009. The news is encouraging,
but may leave couples wondering, how do you ensure your marriage doesn’t become another
Winter feeding program proving a success for cattle producers
VAN BUREN COUNTY, Ark. — For years, Shane Gadberry, an associate professor of ruminant
nutrition and animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture,
has been working to help cattle producers in central Arkansas get the most “bang for
their buck” when it comes to feeding their herds through the winter, and ending up
with healthy cows in the spring.
Online tools help farmers make the tough decisions
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Farmers face a daunting mass of decisions each year as they plan
for the coming growing season.
Financial infidelity: Not just cheatin’ hearts, but cheatin’ wallets too
LITTLE ROCK -- Infidelity isn’t just a matter for hearts. It can hit wallets too,
said Laura Hendrix, a personal finance expert and assistant professor with the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Lights, Camera, Action … Arkansas 4-H hits the stage
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- County 4-H programs all over the state hold many competitions
throughout the year to let members demonstrate their skills. Two of these, in particular,
give the kids an opportunity show off their artistic side and help them conquer stage
Battling brothers in landscape challenge to kick off 2017 Arkansas Flower and Garden
LITTLE ROCK — A touch of good-natured sibling rivalry will be at the heart of the
2017 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show’s kick-off event, but what will really be on
display is the fast-moving work of two of Central Arkansas’s best-known gardeners
Match longer grazing seasons with better hay at AFGC Winter Forage Conference on Feb.
CONWAY, Ark. — Improving hay quality to match longer grazing seasons will be the key
topic at the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Winter Forage Conference on Feb.
23 in Conway.
Lesleigh Beer named Student of the Year at USPOULTRY Foundation’s College Student
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Lesleigh Beer, a poultry science major has been named the Frank
Perdue Scholarship Student of the Year during the USPOULTRY Foundation’s College Student
Make a difference: Make a donation to Arkansas 4-H Foundation during Arkansas Gives
on April 6
LITTLE ROCK – For a 12-hour period on April 6, a few minutes of your time can make
a lifetime of difference through the Arkansas 4-H Foundation.
More than 450 Arkansas youth now expected for 4-H Day at the Capitol
LITTLE ROCK — An incredible groundswell in attendance is expected for this year’s
4-H Day at the Capitol, taking place Thursday, Feb. 16.
Beekeeping classes coming to Morrilton on Feb. 13
LITTLE ROCK — Starting Feb. 13, you can learn something else at the University of
Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, as it hosts a beekeeping short course presented
by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Early weed control pays off
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Managing weeds to prevent them from competing with forage for
water and nutrients is even more important at the time when about half of Arkansas
is in drought.
Hay sampling the right way
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Winter is hay-feeding time, but do you know the nutritive value
of the hay going to your herd?
Feb. 7 rice, soybean, corn production meeting set for Stuttgart
STUTTGART, Ark. – The latest research in rice, corn and soybean production, plus a
commodity outlook for 2017 are on the agenda for the Feb. 7 crop production meeting
to be held at the Rice Research and Extension Center.
Aquatic weed control workshop set for Feb. 10 at Stuttgart
STUTTGART, Ark. – Where there’s water, there are probably aquatic weeds. Learn to
manage water weeds on Feb. 10 at a daylong workshop to be held at the Rice Research
and Extension Center in Stuttgart.
Reports finds rural Arkansas still feeling effects of Great Recession
LITTLE ROCK – The heavy footsteps of the Great Recession of 2007-2009 are still visible
across rural Arkansas in the persistence of food insecurity, lack of medical facilities
and personnel, and loss of jobs and household income, according to the 2017 “Rural
Profile of Arkansas” published by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Division of Ag, Ark Soybean Promotion Board re-up agreement, continue partnership
LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has signed
a new five-year agreement with the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, a partnership
that will continue the research and extension work performed by division faculty to
enhance the state’s soybean industry.
Money does grow on trees
MONTICELLO, Ark. -- The thousands of acres of timberlands that cover the state of
Arkansas are valued at $12.6 billion. Arkansas is also four times more dependent on
its forestry industry than the entire United States. Those are just a few of the findings
in the 2016 “Economic Contributions of Arkansas Forestry” booklet, published by the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Forest Resources Center in Monticello.