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USDA announces CFAP help for poultry contract growers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Contract poultry growers have until Oct. 12 to sign up for aid
under the second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP2.
Registration opens Aug. 30 for Walk Across Arkansas fall edition
LITTLE ROCK — Get your team together, because registration opens Aug. 30 for the fall
edition of Walk Across Arkansas.
For new UAM professor, classroom beats the trading floor
MONTICELLO, Arkansas — It’s taken a few years, but professionally, Brian Deaton is
stepping outside his comfort zone. For the first time in his life, the 44-year-old Texas native has left his home state.
Income Tax School offers in-person, online options for continuing education
LITTLE ROCK — As the final quarter of 2021 approaches, tax preparers begin prepping
for tax season. The Cooperative Extension Service offers an Income Tax School to help
tax professionals get ready for the 2022 tax season.
As Arkansas corn harvest begins, market prices see slight decline
MONTICELLO, Ark. — As the high heat of summer begins truly pressing down on Arkansas,
harvest of the first of the state’s major commodity crops has begun in earnest.
Tropical Depression 9 looms as Arkansas farmers begin harvest
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas growers will be paying closer to their weather apps with development
of Tropical Depression 9 and a forecast path that could bring the storm’s wind and
rain to the delta by early next week.
Researchers say nurseries should up their game on virus detection in berry plants
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station scientists say current
testing regimens may be missing a significant number of disease-causing viruses in
berry plants. Increased testing is required to ensure growers are getting clean and
healthy plants in their fields.
Stiles: Survey takes on more significance with tight grain stocks
LITTLE ROCK — A routine survey being conducted by the National Agricultural Statistics
Service may carry additional significance because of the nation’s tight grain stocks,
said Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division
Horticulture department head receives Outstanding Leadership and Administration award
from American Society for Horticultural Science
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The American Society for Horticultural Science named Wayne Mackay,
horticulture department head for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture,
its 2021 Outstanding Leadership and Administration Award winner.
Poultry production bottlenecks may mean another tough year for holiday turkey lovers
LITTLE ROCK — While the heat of August may cause you to move the idea of holiday season
dinners to the very bottom of your priority list, family cooks take note: This may
be another difficult year for putting together the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas
Arkansas gains use of Endigo ZC to battle rice stinkbugs
ROE, Ark. — Arkansas rice growers battling yet another insect in their crops have
until Aug. 28 to use Endigo ZC, after the Environmental Protection Agency issued a
Section 18 exemption on Aug. 13.
Global rice prices spike during COVID pandemic, remain high despite ample supply
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The COVID-19 pandemic created a spike in global rice prices in
the second quarter of 2020, according to a new University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture report. Since then, rice prices have remained higher than expected
despite ample rice stocks and a record 2020 global rice production.
Division of Agriculture opens herbicide screening tests
STUTTGART, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is accepting
samples to test for herbicide resistance in barnyardgrass and other weed species in
Extension researchers work to improve identification, diagnosis of widespread fungal
LONOKE, Ark. — Taproot decline is a syndrome long misdiagnosed by growers, consultants
and even extension agents in Arkansas soybean fields and elsewhere. In 2020, however,
researchers managed to finally identify the pathogen that causes the disease, bringing
producers much closer to effectively diagnosing and treating the disease.
Crush It! wine webinar presented for amateur and beginning commercial winemakers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station will presentCrush
It Arkansas! Winemaking 101 webinaron Wednesday,Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Division of Agriculture appoints Alton B. Johnson director of Rice Research and Extension
STUTTGART, Ark. — Coming to Arkansas as the new director of the Rice Research and
Extension Center, Alton B. Johnson said, is like coming home. He spent a lot of time
working with Division of Agriculture scientists at Agricultural Experiment Station
research stations and centers during his doctoral studies.
Potential for Arkansas hops to be highlighted in upcoming Cooperative Extension Service
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — As Arkansans continue to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,
experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are working
to help ensure at least one thing: There will be beer.
Competition heats up in Arkansas 4-H Food Challenge
LITTLE ROCK — For people who live on a tight budget and in areas with limited access
to food, eating nutritionally balanced meals can be a challenge. Through Arkansas
4-H, youth are learning this important life skill, and on Aug. 6, 50 members showed
just how creative they could be in preparing an inexpensive but nutritional meal.
2021 rice field day moves online Aug. 20
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture rice
field day, originally scheduled as an in-person event on Aug. 6, will be held online
Aug. 20. Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station researchers and Cooperative Extension
specialists will present their programs in recorded sessions that will go live that
Cooperative Extension Service to implement economic development initiative focused
on workforce training
LITTLE ROCK — The Cooperative Extension Service is launching a new workforce training
initiative, focusing on customer service, essential skills, hospitality, local tourism
and marketing and branding.
BEA Report: Consumers returned to casinos, car dealerships in the first half of 2021
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As COVID’s clouds appeared to lift this spring and early summer,
consumers returned to restaurants, casinos and car dealerships in the first half of
the year, while personal income edged higher in June.
Trent Roberts named first Endowed Chair in Soil Fertility Research
Gas consumption up; prices reach highest average since October 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — More people were hitting the road during the first half of 2021,
with demand driving gasoline prices to their highest levels since 2014.
Animal scientist investigates effects of grazing toxic fescue during gestation