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By Emily Thompson U of A System Division of AgricultureJan. 22, 2018
(310 words)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)
SALEM, Ark. – Four Arkansas counties are coming together once again to help farmers
prepare their herds for the upcoming spring season.
The North Central Arkansas Beef and Forage Conference is a joint effort between Fulton,
Sharp, Izard and Independence county Cooperative Extension Service offices and will
feature guest speakers discussing how to make operations smoother and increase profitability.
“Our goal with these conferences is to address the issues that frequently pop up in
the spring for cattle producers,” said Brad Runsick, University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture Fulton and Ozark County extension agent. “We plan the conference
based on our own observations, as agents, but also based on the feedback we get from
folks when they call, come by, or when we’re out on their farm.”
The Division of Agriculture experts speaking at the event include Runsick, and fellow
North Central Arkansas county extension agents Nathan Reinhart of Independence County,
Joe Moore of Sharp County and Michael Paskewitz of Izard County. The four will discuss
aspects of spring weed management in pastures. Extension Entomologist Kelly Loftin
will discuss beef cattle fly control and parasite management and Jeremy Powell, veterinarian
and extension animal science professor, will speak about spring herd health.
Flint McCullough from the Farm Service Agency will also speak about potential federal
drought recovery funds available to farmers.
A question and answer session will follow the presentations.
“I think that any producer, regardless of size, will take away something beneficial
from attending, whether they’ve got two cows or 200,” Runsick said.
This year’s conference will be held Feb. 27 at Salem High School in Salem, Arkansas,
from 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Deadline to register is Feb. 21. Registration is $10 per person and includes a meal.
To register, drop off or mail a check made out to the Cooperative Extension Service,
along with the names of the attendees to your local county extension office.
All counties are welcome to attend. For more information, contact your local county
extension office or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org