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Consumer spending ekes another gain, personal income falls
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Consumer spending crept upward again in October but personal
income fell thanks in part to the tapering of government payments, according to the
monthly update issued the day before Thanksgiving by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Winter county production meetings move online in January, February
LITTLE ROCK — Annual winter county production meetings, a long-standing service
from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension
Service, are moving online in 2021. Separate sessions will focus on each of the state’s
commodity crops, with an additional online session focusing on markets, new technologies
As dicamba’s future continues to shift, National Agricultural Law Center keeps growers
In recent months, the National Agricultural Law Center has worked to keep farmers,
consultants and other members of the agricultural community up-to-date with ongoing
changes through a series of blog posts under the title, “The Deal With Dicamba.”
Arkansas Beef Council awards research grants to Division of Agriculture scientists
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Beef Council awarded research grants to four University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture scientists in the department of animal
Siebenmorgen leaves global legacy in rice industry innovation
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Terry Siebenmorgen was known around the globe for his work in
rice processing, but closer to home, he was treasured by co-workers and friends alike
for his optimism, unflinching support and kindness. Siebenmorgen passed away Sunday
following a battle with cancer. He was 63.
Soybean Science Challenge adapts to a changing world
LITTLE ROCK — As many growers across Arkansas already know, November is Arkansas Soybean
Month. In August, Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a proclamation declaring it so, noting
the more than 2.6 million acres of the crop harvested in Arkansas in 2019, and noting
that soybeans contributed more than $1.1 billion to the state’s economy.
Mader to lead extension health initiatives
LITTLE ROCK – The Cooperative Extension Service has a new health specialist who will
oversee several high-profile outreach efforts to improve the health and fitness of
Precision agriculture researcher joins U of A System Division of Agriculture
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Aurelie Poncet joins the department of crop, soil and environmental
sciences for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale
Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas.
Research survey to gauge interest in organic crops in Arkansas, across the Mid-South
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Researchers are surveying farmers across the Mid-South through
Dec. 31 to gauge their interest in organic crop production.
Arkansas Crop Protection Conference moves online Dec. 1-2
STUTTGART, Ark. — An annual conference offering expert insights in to managing weed,
insect and disease pests in Arkansas crops is moving online.
With three locations, Share Grounds is hoping to help more entrepreneurs
LITTLE ROCK — Per the ancient adage: First crawl, then walk, then run. If that’s all
going well enough, take flight.
Angela Gardner, program associate with Share Grounds, the kitchen incubator project
from the Cooperative Extension Service, said the program is seeking new clients: Budding
entrepreneurs looking to take their food-based businesses or ideas to the next level.
Soybeans rally, head to strong finish
The 2020 harvest has been difficult for some Arkansas crops, most notably cotton.
Soybeans, however, have emerged mostly unscathed, despite several damaging weather
systems pushing heavy winds and rain into the Southern Plains during the spring and
HOLIDAYS: Understanding the cycle of agriculture-related stress
LITTLE ROCK — Weather extremes, market fluctuations and regulation changes are just
a handful of factors that can make farm life stressful.
HOLIDAYS: COVID, social isolation and families
LITTLE ROCK — For many older Americans, loneliness and isolation were already a problem.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns often increased that sense of isolation,
especially at holiday time, when visits by family would be most welcome.
HOLIDAYS: Managing stress from multiple sources
LITTLE ROCK — Overcrowded schedules, bills, conflicts at work or at home are all stressors
we experience on a regular basis. The holidays, with their high expectations for bringing
joy and good cheer, can add yet another layer of stress to an already difficult year.
Faske videos guide viewers through nematode issues for soybean growers
LONOKE, Ark. — Tiny southern root-knot nematodes can make a big dent in yields and
managing these miniature roundworms is a top priority for soybean growers. Travis
Faske, extension plant pathologist for the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, has worked with the SCNCoalition to produce a series of videos called
“Let’s Talk ‘Todes,” geared specifically for Arkansas growers.
Create Bridges launches small business podcast
LITTLE ROCK — The Create Bridges team at the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture is giving voice to the joys and struggles of running rural and small-town
businesses with a new podcast — “Arkansas Small Business: Big Rural Impact.”
Enterprise crop budgets available for the 2021 growing season
JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas farmers planning for next year’s crops can now access
most of the 2021 enterprise budgets developed by the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
Veterinary, medical entomologist joins Division of Agriculture research faculty
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Emily McDermott, Ph.D., has joined the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture and the U of A’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences as an assistant professor in the department of entomology and
Unemployment levels fall sharply from 2020 COVID peak
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The nation’s unemployment level continued to fall sharply from
its April pandemic peak, clocking in at 6.9 percent in October, according to Employment
Situation report for October from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A year in review: Ag law webinar to discuss top 10 issues of 2020
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After a year full of pivotal legal developments, the National
Agricultural Law Center will give 2020 the retrospective it deserves, with a webinar
discussing the year’s top 10 ag and food legal issues as determined by center staff.
Turkey production falls, prices rise as pandemic continues to affect American lives,
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues toward the third peak of new
cases in the United States, even the most stalwart of family holiday gatherings, Thanksgiving,
will likely be affected. Beyond complications of holiday travel, social distancing
and general health concerns, there remains the perennial question: What’s a good bird
cost these days?
Benton, Greene county teens newest Arkansas 4-H Hall of Fame inductees
LITTLE ROCK – Julie Griffin of Benton County and Jessica Griffin from Greene County
join the ranks of the more than 80 4-H members who have received the highest Arkansas
4-H honor — induction into Arkansas 4-H Hall of Fame. The teens, who share a last
name but are not related, have each been in 4-H for 14 years.
Survey participation needed by forest landowners in certification programs
MONTICELLO, Ark. — If you are an Arkansas landowner with more than 10 acres of forested
property, the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the U of A System Division
of Agriculture wants to hear from you.
Poultry meat quality research increasingly important to industry; prepares graduate
students for meaningful careers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For 21 years, the main thrust of Casey Owens’ research has been
improving meat quality for the poultry industry. Which is good.
LeadAR announces new class
LITTLE ROCK — LeadAR, one of the state’s oldest leadership programs, has a new class
of 22 leaders who will spend the next two years learning about issues and opportunities facing Arkansas
and strengthening their ability to make a difference in their respective communities.
Small Business Summit connects veteran-owned businesses with resources
LITTLE ROCK — Veterans who own small businesses can get information about programs and services
to help them succeed on Nov. 6 at the Arkansas Veterans’ Small Business Summit, hosted
by the Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Nov. 17 online field tour focuses on upland hardwood management
LITTLE ROCK — The Nov. 17 Virtual Upland Hardwood Management Tour for Woodland Owners
will examine management of economically important white oaks, oak regeneration, and
use of herbicides and prescribed fire as forest management tools.