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Grant, Howard, Johnson county teams earn spots at international SeaPerch competition
BRYANT, Ark. – Teams from Grant, Howard and Johnson counties have earned a place at
the international SeaPerch Competition at the University of Maryland on June 1-2 after
placing in the top two spots in the junior and senior divisions of the regional SeaPerch
March 1 application deadline for Janet Carson scholarship
LITTLE ROCK – High school seniors planning to pursue a degree in a plant science field
have until March 1 to apply for a $1,000 scholarship named for Janet B. Carson, retired
extension horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of
As rains delay field prep, early planted rice looks increasingly less likely
LITTLE ROCK – Continuously wet conditions further delayed the work of field preparation
throughout much of Arkansas this week, as intermittent rains continue to saturate
soils in the state.
New digital innovation manager Watts to bring bright ideas to Division of Ag tech
LITTLE ROCK – There’s plenty of room for some of the world’s newest technologies to
be used in one of humanity’s longest-lived innovations: farming. Karen Watts, the
new digital and innovation manager for the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, is on board to bring them together.
Feb. 25 kickoff planned for project to help cut obesity in St. Francis County
JONESBORO, Ark. – The walk to a healthier St. Francis County will take its first step
on Feb. 25 during an organizational meeting of the Arkansas Delta Region Obesity Project,
April 16 field day to improve odds for success in livestock operations
BATESVILLE, Ark. – Value-added calf marketing, cattle genetics and a hands-on livestock
workshop top the agenda for the April 16, 2019, Improve Your Odds for ROI field day
at the Livestock and Forestry Research Station.
Pest traps reduce unnecessary applications in non-GMO crops; growers may need to look
at three-gene Bt cotton as bollworms persist
RECTOR, Ark. – Beyond the perennial threats of pigweed and plant bugs, many Arkansas
growers may face new twists on old adversaries in 2019.
Arkansas PTAC helps 734 Arkansas businesses get more than $109 million in government
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center helped 734 small
businesses in the state to earn more than $109 million in government procurement contracts
'Checkup on Checkoffs’ webinar to cover legal updates in commodity checkoff programs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Checkoff programs offer vital research and information for both
producers and consumers of agricultural commodities. Over the past year, these programs
have undergone a number of legal and policy changes relevant to their future operations.
More than 80 youth registered to compete in underwater robotics
LITTLE ROCK – The aquatic center pool at Bishop Park in Bryant will become the site
of an underwater engineering battle Feb. 23 as Arkansas 4-H youth from around the
state and their robotic submersibles from take part in the 2019 SeaPerch Challenge.
Save the Dates for America Saves Week: Feb. 25-March 2
LITTLE ROCK – Never seem to have any money? America Saves Week, Feb. 25-March 2, could
be the beginning of the end for your empty piggy bank.
Division of Agriculture receives NRCS partnership award
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Research measuring nutrient loss in the Mississippi River
Basin and training to help farmers irrigate crops and slow groundwater draws were
among the reasons Natural Resources Conservation Service on Wednesday honored the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture with the 2018 State Conservationists
Sea of green floods rotunda as 700 Arkansas youth attend 4-H Day at the Capitol
LITTLE ROCK — A sea of green borne by some 700 youth flooded the seat of Arkansas
government at Tuesday’s 4-H Day at the Capitol event at which Gov. Asa Hutchinson
and other state officials praised the members for their leadership now and potential
for the future.
2018 Arkansas rice production marks recovery from 2017 flooding; hay and peanuts see
LITTLE ROCK – Even if the fall of 2018 marked the “harvest that never ended,” Arkansas
growers managed to pull enough rice from the land to mark a 30 percent increase over
2017’s disastrous numbers, which reflected the severe flooding of that year’s spring.
Row Rice Roundtables seek to reach consensus on production methods
LITTLE ROCK – Two upcoming production meetings aim to help growers and industry experts
reach a consensus on the best approach to an increasingly popular method of agriculture
in Arkansas: furrow irrigated rice, also known as row rice.
In 2019, the bottom line really is the bottom line
RECTOR, Ark. — Informal surveys of Arkansas growers’ top concerns at the beginning
of each planting season typically yield a variety of answers, from the best use of
available acreage to marketing strategies for every crop. But for 2019, the consensus
among growers attending one of the year’s first row crop production meetings in northeast
Arkansas boiled down to one word: Money.
River Valley Beef Cattle Conference set for Feb. 13 in Russellville
PARIS, Ark. – Cattle genetics will be at the top of the River Valley Beef Cattle Conference
agenda, to be held Feb. 13 at the Hughes Center in Russellville.
Division of Agriculture to hold rural economic forums in Sevier, Little River and
LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Community
and Economic Development Office, in cooperation with the 3Cs Create Bridges Regional
Steering Committee, is hosting three community forums to gather information about
community assets in the retail, tourism, entertainment and accommodations industries.
New poultry extension specialist has passion for “all things chickens”
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sara Orlowski is ready to serve the needs of Arkansas’ poultry
industry as assistant professor of poultry for the University of Arkansas System Division
Nearly 800-strong, 4-H contingent set to turn Capitol Rotunda green on Feb. 12
LITTLE ROCK— For a few hours on Feb. 12, the polished white marble of the Arkansas
State Capitol will turn green, thanks to a contingent of nearly 800 4-H members, parents,
volunteers and others.
2019 Arkansas Pesticide Application Clinics scheduled
BATESVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas producers can learn to get the most out of their pest
management dollars at one of six pesticide application clinics set for February and
March across the state.
Jefferson County Home and Garden Show to promote pollinators
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Arkansas gardeners planning on making the most of their 2019 should
mark their calendars for the upcoming Jefferson County Home and Garden Show, to be
held on Feb. 8-9.
Rural Profile 2019: Arkansas economy grows; rural growth lags behind state average
LITTLE ROCK – Since the end of the Great Recession in 2010, both Arkansas’ and the
national economy have grown; however, the state’s rural areas have “grown only slightly
since 2010 and have not even come back to pre-recession levels,” according to Wayne
Miller, an author of the “2019 Rural Profile of Arkansas.”
Kurz hired as new extension consumer horticulture specialist
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Berni Kurz, honored in Arkansas and nationally for his work as
a county extension agent, has a new role to fill as consumer horticulture specialist
for the Cooperative Extension Service.
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