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Coronavirus relief funds now available to cotton growers
LITTLE ROCK — Cotton growers who have been financially affected by the global drop
in demand and market prices are now eligible for relief funding through the federal
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
‘Farm to Freezer’: upcoming webinar to address basics for beef producers marketing
directly to consumers
LITTLE ROCK — Locally sourced beef is gaining popularity in Arkansas. As the ongoing
COVID-19 pandemic leaves grocery shelves — especially the refrigerated sections —
occasionally bare, a growing number of consumers have expressed interest in purchasing
their animal protein directly from producers.
Global market prices for rice recede from peak, but some remain above pre-pandemic
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As several rice-exporting countries around the world begin to
ease COVID-related export and other trade restrictions, global prices have become
more competitive, falling from their peak earlier in May, according to an economic
impact report from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Requirements for U.S. meat slaughter and processing outlined in June 3 webinar
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — To help individuals navigate the complexity of the requirements
for slaughter and processing facilities, the National Agricultural Law Center is hosting
a free webinar to discuss the agencies with authority over the slaughter and processing
of meat and poultry, differences between state and federal oversight, proposed federal
legislation that may change processing requirements and additional challenges facing
small meat processors.
When (and where) skies are clear, Arkansas soybean planting sprints toward the finish
HELENA, Ark. — Recently, overall soybean planting progress in Arkansas has begun catching
up to the five-year average, leaping from 34 percent of 2.9 million planned acres
as of May 10 to 47 percent as of May 17.
Research aims to prove childhood health benefits of blueberry extracts
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An interdisciplinary team of Arkansas scientists wants to make
sure kids eat more fruit, even if they have to be sneaky about it. Don’t worry — the
parents will be in on the caper.
Pandemic effects showing in price spreads in meat supply chain
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The meat sector is feeling an accordion effect. Squeezed by panic
buying and supply chain disruptions, record gaps are forming between pricing at the
farm and wholesale levels, according to an analysis done by John Anderson, economist
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Virtual Vet Science Camp gives youth a peek into the profession
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas 4-H Veterinary Science Camp is going virtual this summer,
offering a free half-day online camp for youth ages 11-19 to learn about animal science
and the veterinary science profession.
Farmers’ markets across state getting back to business
LITTLE ROCK — It’s farmers’ market season in Arkansas, although this year’s markets
are anything but business as usual. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, market managers and
vendors have had to rethink their operations to stay in business and consider whether
they should open at all this season.
With shift in rains, Arkansas rice growers close in on total acreage
LONOKE, Ark. — As anyone who’s ever seen their working conditions boiled down to a
single pair of digits can tell you, big numbers don’t always tell the whole story.
Multimedia program supports diet, exercise, nutrition during COVID-19 isolation
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The time of coronavirus is no time to ignore diet and exercise. A
multimedia program from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
is designed to help people focus on health and nutrition during COVID-19 isolation.
Extension Service offers free webinar on creating small food businesses
LITTLE ROCK — A successful food business starts with a great idea, but turning an
idea into a profitable product requires much more. The Cooperative Extension Service,
part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has numerous resources
for entrepreneurs — from access to certified kitchens for manufacturing to help with
business planning and recipe scaling.
Free webinar teaches do-it-yourself rain gardening basics
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will host a free webinar
on rain gardening and green infrastructure on May 29, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participation
is free, but registration is required.
2019 marked steady increase in Arkansas cotton acreage with record yield, as state
ginning capacity climbed
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas cotton gins may still be a long way from the heyday of the
year 2000, when 86 gins across the state processed the fiber of 1.2 million cotton
acres, but as both acreage and production increased in 2019 for the fourth consecutive
year, growers did at least have one additional facility to help move their products
Ag mediation can solve problems for farmers, agribusinesses
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The National Agricultural Law Center will host a webinar discussing
agricultural mediation May 20 at noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT. The webinar is free to attend
and will provide an overview of agricultural mediation, its benefits, what to expect
from a mediator and much more.
Protein substitutes in feed can help reduce carbon footprint of swine production
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Animal scientists at the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture have demonstrated that replacing crude proteins in hog diets with feed
grade amino acids can reduce the carbon footprint of swine production.
Cooperative Extension Service helps Washington, Benton county residents to ‘Know the
Flow — from Streets to Creeks’
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Washington and Benton county residents availing themselves of
some outdoor exercise on the Razorback Regional Greenway may have noticed a series
of blue whiskers and stickers crossing the trail. The markers show the path of the
waterways that flow through the area, often right underneath pedestrians’ feet.
Meat processing rebounds, prices continue to move higher
LITTLE ROCK — Beef and pork processing rebounded last week after dropping sharply,
while wholesale beef prices continued rocketing to new record highs, according to
an analysis done by John Anderson, economist for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
Plant pathology’s Tzanetakis earns faculty award from U of A students
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ioannis Tzanetakis, University of Arkansas professor of plant
pathology, is one of 12 recipients of Outstanding Faculty Member Awards for 2019-20.
New handbook offers research, recommendations for furrow-irrigated rice production
LITTLE ROCK — A new handbook from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
provides rice growers with the latest research and recommendations for furrow-irrigated
Cooperative Extension Service tapped to participate in 2020 gypsy moth trapping program
LITTLE ROCK — For more than three decades, entomologists and agricultural experts
in the United States have kept a watchful eye on European gypsy moths, a migratory
pest with a reputation for devastating forests.
Come on down: Mid-South Ag/Environmental Law Conference puts a spin on ethics lecture
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A Mississippi attorney is breathing some fresh air into a critical
topic whose rules and regulations can often be tedious.
Local foods webinar to address how farmers’ markets are faring amid COVID-19
LITTLE ROCK — Farmers’ markets play a key role in ensuring Arkansans have access to
healthy food options. But farmers’ markets, too, have felt the strain of the pandemic.
Eagle-eyed homeowners on lookout for honeybee-killing Asian giant hornets
LITTLE ROCK — Dozens of Arkansans have been on the lookout for Asian giant “murder
hornets” after seeing numerous media reports about the invasive species in the United
Video explains management for potassium deficiency in soybeans
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Potassium is the most important yield-limiting nutrient in soybeans,
and the plants can suffer a deficiency of it at multiple stages of growth. A new video
from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture explains how growers
can be certain their crops are well nourished.
7th Annual Mid-South Ag/Environmental Conference moves online; will benefit new law fellowship
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference
will look a little different in 2020 for two reasons: it’s moving online in an effort
to slow the spread of COVID-19, and conference proceeds will benefit a new fellowship
for law students.
Division of Agriculture scientist takes bird’s eye view of soybean genetics
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — High throughput genetic analysis is a tool that allows researchers
to analyze a lot of DNA data in a short period of time. The work is commonly done
in a lab with scientific instruments.
National Ag Law Center opens online resource library on COVID-19 issues
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The COVID-19 pandemic’s dramatic effects on the economy and the
subsequent regulatory reactions have hit the agriculture industry hard, making difficult
to navigate issues such as agricultural labor, contracts and direct marketing, increasingly
Consumer spending amid COVID-19 pandemic takes a steep drop
LITTLE ROCK — In the 61 years since the Personal Consumption Expenditures report has been issued
by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, there has never been a drop as precipitous as
the 7.3 percent decline between February and March of this year
Global pandemic causing market drops for corn, cotton; soybeans stable while rice
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed demand in the energy and textiles
sectors, prompting sharp declines in cotton and corn markets, according to a report
from economists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Cooperative Extension Service works to ensure research-based COVID-19 info isn’t lost
LITTLE ROCK — The Cooperative Extension Service wants to ensure credible, research-based
information about the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t get lost in translation. The extension
service, the public outreach arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture, has launched a site with Spanish-language information, www.uaex.uada.edu/COVID-Recursos.
1 de Mayo de 2020
El Servicio de Extensión Cooperativa trabaja para garantizar que la información COVID-19
basada en la investigación no se pierda en la traducción
LITTLE ROCK — El Servicio de Extensión Cooperativa quiere garantizar que la información
creíble y basada en la investigación sobre la pandemia COVID-19, no se pierda en la
traducción. El servicio de extensión, la rama de divulgación pública de la División
de Agricultura del Sistema de la Universidad de Arkansas, ha lanzado un sitio con
información en español, www.uaex.uada.edu/COVID-Recursos.