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Microbiomes: tiny life has big impact on food safety
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — To provide healthy food animals for a safe and secure food supply,
sometimes you have to dig into the guts of the matter, said Dr. Steven Ricke, director
of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Center for Food Safety.
Put your scouting hat on: SW corn borers, rice disease incidents on the rise
STUTTGART, Ark. – Arkansas crop producers are being encouraged to be in scouting mode
as the number of incidents of rice diseases and some insect pests rise.
Tips for keeping your perennial cool season grasses productive during the summer and
LITTLE ROCK – As anyone with a hand in the U.S. cattle business will tell you, fescue
grass is one of the primary pillars of the industry, with approximately 2 million
acres of the cool season grass grown by cattle producers in Arkansas alone.
Alfalfa stands benefit from interseeding with annual grasses
LITTLE ROCK – Ranchers and other landowners growing alfalfa, whether for forage or
as a cash crop, are likely familiar with the high environmental pressures insect pests
and disease that accompany warm and humid summers.
2017 Arkansas Rice College registration now open
STUTTGART, Ark. – Herbicides, irrigation and replanting considerations are among the
items on the agenda for the 2017 Arkansas Rice College scheduled for Aug. 3 at the
Rice Research and Extension Center.
Slaton named Fellow by Soil Science Society of America
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Nathan Slaton, a professor of Crop, Soil and Envrironmental Sciences
in the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been named a Fellow
of the Soil Science Society of America.
Arkansas Soybean Association’s “Grow for the Green” contest looking for 120 bushel
yields; entry deadline approaching
LITTLE ROCK – “Grow for the Green,” the perennial competition that challenges the
state’s soybean producers to put their growing know-how to the test, is hoping 2017
will be the year for at least one grower to hit 120 bushels per acre.
Ark. State Plant Board approves emergency rule to ban use, sale of dicamba herbicides
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas State Plant Board voted Friday for an emergency rule banning
sale and use of dicamba at a time the board’s pesticide division saw the number of
complaints alleging dicamba injury to non-target crops grow to more than 240.
Division of Agriculture app downloaded more than 114,000 times this year
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A friendship that started between two University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture faculty members blossomed into a collaboration for
a horticulture app that has been downloaded more than 114,000 times this year alone.
Blackberry demonstration expands throughout state
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An extensive blackberry demonstration effort is stretching across
Arkansas to include 17 extension agents.
Hearts of Our Heroes camp offers Gold Star kids a chance to connect
FERNDALE, Ark. – Throughout each summer, the Arkansas 4-H Center hosts dozens of camps
designed to offer unique experiences to a range of populations, both young and old,
giving Arkansans from all walks of life the chance to experience the fun and challenge
of both indoor and outdoor activities.
New factsheet instructs surge irrigation practices, how-to
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
and Mississippi State University have developed a factsheet about surge irrigation,
the first of its kind in the south.
Higher ground: Arkansas farmers, ranchers advised to prepare for TS Cindy
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas livestock producers are being advised to make preparations
for the arrival of what will be left of Tropical Storm Cindy once it’s done with the
June 20, 2017
Jumping oak gall, oak anthracnose: unsightly, but generally harmless
LITTLE ROCK – Of all the hazards a tree lover in Arkansas must endure, the occasional
wasp gall or fungal infection among the leaves of his or her favorite oak tree might
be the least worrisome.
June 19, 2017
Ken Hubbell, Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation and the Uncommon Communities Program recognized
with highest honors at annual community development conference
LITTLE ROCK – One Arkansan and two community development organizations each received
one of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Community and Economic
Development program’s highest honors.
June 16, 2017
Sickle cell camp provides opportunity for sufferers to see they’re not alone
FERNDALE, Ark. – Almost by definition, summer camps offer visiting youth the chance
to do things they just aren’t normally going to get to do in their day-to-day lives:
Constructing rockets from water bottles, canoeing and zip-lining, to name a few. But
for kids attending the Sickle Cell Support Services camp, now in its ninth year, the
five-day camp offers something more: The opportunity to see that although they may
suffer from a rare disease, they are certainly not alone.
Division of Ag researchers release luna moths near Jonesboro
JONESBORO, Ark. — While their workdays are dedicated to studying the kinds of insects
most Arkansas growers dread — pests that rob crops of their nutrients and producers
of their yields — entomologists with the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture do occasionally find time to work with some of the more beautiful beneficial
creatures of the insect world.
June 15, 2017
Horse shows, 4-H programs provide accountability, leadership
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When Nathania Mckenzie, 17, joined 4-H at the age of 11, she
really didn’t know if she’d stick with it.
June 14, 2017
Dicamba drift complaints up sharply in 2017
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — More than 50 complaints of crops damaged by dicamba herbicide
drifting from neighboring farm fields have been reported to the Arkansas State Plant
Board so far in 2017.
Concerns over lawn watering often exaggerated, experts say
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The popularity of vibrant lawns, from suburban yards to rural
ranches, is often cast as a primary culprit in the ongoing war to manage water and
wastewater properly. But experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture caution that the public’s perception that lawns require a lot of watering
isn’t always the case.
MarketMaker resources featured at Chicago conference
CHICAGO – A Professor of Economics with the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture is providing national leadership to a program designed to connect local
growers with new customers. That program will be featured this week at United Fresh
2017, a multi-expo and conference event in Chicago and one of the largest gatherings
of businesses operating across the produce industry.
Division of Ag’s community development program names Arkansas Goat Festival organizer
winner of people’s choice award
LITTLE ROCK – A Perry, Arkansas resident was awarded the People’s Choice Award at
the recent community and economic development conference in Little Rock for a five-minute
presentation promoting the Arkansas Goat Festival.
Homemakers council extends help to African orphanage
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A two-woman mission to teach sewing in one of the world’s least
developed countries has brought benefits far beyond making clothing for the five Malawi
mothers and in-house seamstress who were their students.
Arkansas wheat forecast falls 8 percent from May
LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. Department of Agriculture adjusted its forecast for the 2017
Arkansas wheat production, dropping by 8 percent between May 1 and June 1 to about
6.05 million bushels. The yield forecast dropped from 60 bushels per acre in May to
55 bu/ac in June.
July 20: Workshop to show how to do business with NASA
LITTLE ROCK – The agency that put the first man on the moon now wants to teach entrepreneurs
how to make that giant leap by contracting with NASA.
Arkansas Rice Expo feeds minds, stomachs
LITTLE ROCK – New tools for soil fertility, new technologies for weed control and
live cooking demonstrations are on the agenda for the 2017 Arkansas Rice Expo, Aug.
4, at the Grand Prairie Center.
Research pursues resistance to rosette virus in roses
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture scientists
have identified a rose genotype that resists infection by the rose rosette virus,
a pathogen that disfigures and kills rose plants.
Pelkki: Arkansas hardwood prices should remain strong
ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Hardwood pulp prices should remain strong, pulp pinewood may be
brighter in the coming decades, but pine saw timber will likely remain static for
the foreseeable future, according to predictions for Arkansas’ $6.3 billion forest
Wrestling, jazz and poetry: How cultural collision built a community
LITTLE ROCK – Professional wrestling and poetry. Pasta making and punk rock. Not only
do opposites attract, but in Des Moines, Iowa, they also became the catalyst for a
MAINBAR: Survey finds majority of Arkansas farmers markets seeing rise in customers, vendors
LITTLE ROCK – A new survey has found that a majority of the state’s farmers markets
are seeing a rise in both customers and vendors, said Ron Rainey, extension economist
with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
SIDEBAR: Number of Arkansas farmers markets accepting SNAP benefits rises
LITTLE ROCK – Farmers markets and farm stands are expanding their role in helping
decrease food security in Arkansas, said Ron Rainey, extension economist for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Two eggs are better than one in helping Ugandan children grow
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – When it comes to having a positive effect on physical growth,
two eggs are better than one, and one egg is better than having no source of protein
and nutrients critical to growth and development, according to a pilot study among
Ugandan children conducted by University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Hungry fall armyworms laying early siege to rice, pastures
PERRYVILLE, Ark. – They’re called fall armyworms, but this year, they’re not even
waiting for summer to bring their appetites to Arkansas’ lawns, pastures and rice
Former head of Division of Agriculture, Jim Martin, dies at 84
LITTLE ROCK – Former Vice President for the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, James “Jim” Martin, died Saturday, June 3, at his home in Decatur,
Alabama. He was 84 years old.
Farmers can’t get a break. More storms bring flooding, replanting woes
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Every week Arkansas farmers hope to put the devastating storms
of late April and early May behind them, and every week, nature brings another round
of heavy rains, high winds and hail.
Getting a handle on a two-faced grass
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Johnsongrass, with its tall seed heads and long leaves popping
up everywhere along Arkansas highways, pastures and lots, was introduced to the United
States in the early 19th century because it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Ricke receives lectureship award, discusses Salmonella research
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Steven C. Ricke, director of the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture’s Center for Food Safety, received the W.C. Frazier Memorial
Lecture award from the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Sevier County 4-H club makes long haul for Pocahontas donations
DE QUEEN, Ark. – As definitions of “neighbor” go, the 280-plus miles gap between
De Queen and Pocahontas might push the envelope for some folks looking to lend a helping
hand. But for members of the Lakeside 4-H Club, based in De Queen, responding to calls
from those in need after natural disasters has become almost reflexive.