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New Rural Profile dashboard helps users visualize data, trends affecting rural Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK — The 2021 edition of the Rural Profile of Arkansas, a biennial publication
from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, brings with it a powerful
online tool to help users visualize the facts and figures that describe differences
in life between rural and urban areas of the state.
Moving your pasture toward the desired forage species
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Over time, changes in grazing habits, fertility and plant age
can prompt changes in the composition of pastures. There are, however, ways to maintain
a desired forage for as long as possible, said Dirk Philipp, associate professor-animal
science, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Root respiration key indicator for flooding forests to provide duck habitat
MONTICELLO, Ark. — Doing forest research can be a lonely occupation. Ask the University
of Arkansas at Monticello graduate student Jonathan Kressuk. The sun isn’t even up
yet. It’s the first hard freeze of the season in Southern Arkansas. Kressuk is wading
through a foot of water, hauling bags of ice into the forested wetlands in Cut-Off
Creek Wildlife Management Area near Dermott, Arkansas.
February freeze may impact spring cattle breeding
HOPE, Ark. — Cattle breeding experts with the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture are urging cattle producers to test the fertility of their bulls before
the spring breeding season.
Andrew Sharpley, renowned soil and water quality researcher, retires … mostly
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Andrew Sharpley, one of the founders of the Arkansas Discovery
Farms Program, retired from his Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station research
post in January … mostly.
Feeders linked to bird disease transmission
LITTLE ROCK — Backyard birdwatcher Amy Cole has noticed some disturbing scenes around
USDA, Cooperative Extension providing trapping assistance, education to eradicate
LITTLE ROCK — Although the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed many human activities, it
hasn’t stopped feral hogs from reproducing and causing damage. Throughout 2021, the
Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture,
the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other partnering organizations, is reaching
out to residents to help reduce populations of the rampaging beasts.
Division of Agriculture, extension service, experiment station moving to new web addresses
LITTLE ROCK – The Cooperative Extension Service, the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment
Station and their parent, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture,
are all migrating to new web addresses.
Making the most of manure in pastures
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” or so the saying
goes. Dirk Philipp, associate professor of animal science for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, has some advice for cattle producers and pasture managers
who are often blessed with other materials with which to work.
With winter nearly behind them, Arkansas growers begin early planting
LITTLE ROCK — Early planting appears to be making a return to Arkansas in 2021. With
the start of the recommended planting window for corn and soybeans less than two weeks
away, anecdotal reports from growers and Cooperative Extension Service agents indicate
producers are eager to take advantage of clear weather as it occurs.
Wet weather offers challenges for cow and calf health
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After this winter’s freeze and thaw coupled with the recent rains,
many Arkansas landowners have seen their pastures transform into vast acres of mud.
Dirk Philipp, associate professor of animal science for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, said that wet weather brings with it many challenges
for cattle producers.
New ‘Weeds AR Wild’ podcast offers Arkansas growers insights into weed management
LITTLE ROCK — Weed scientists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
have a new weekly podcast series — Weeds AR Wild — to share recommendations and updates
on weed management issues important to Arkansas row crop growers, crop consultants
and others working in agriculture.
Southern Cotton Ginners Association recognizes Bourland for achievements in cotton
breeding and research
KEISER, Ark. — When Fred Bourland left the family cotton farm in Mississippi County
for the University of Arkansas, clear across the state in Fayetteville, he had anything
but farming on his mind. But sometimes you just can’t run away from your calling.
McKenzie appointed Fryar Endowed Professor in Risk Management
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Andrew McKenzie, the newly appointed Fryar Endowed Professor
in Risk Management, found career inspiration in a most unusual place: the cinema.
Feral hog eradication resources, conservation assistance available to Buffalo River
LITTLE ROCK — Landowners in the Buffalo River Watershed are eligible to receive assistance
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at eradicating feral hog populations
in the area.
Free soybean seeds available to school, community gardens to grow-your-own protein
LITTLE ROCK — For gardeners looking for an easy-to-grow addition to their gardens,
soybeans are a natural powerhouse: they’re easy to grow, they nourish the soil, and
they provide a complete protein.
Division of Agriculture announces first horticulture-focused discovery farm
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — Horticulture producers in Arkansas and throughout the region may
soon benefit from one of the state’s most successful research models: the Arkansas
Discovery Farm Program.
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station releases new primocane-fruiting blackberry
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — Prime-Ark® Horizon, a new primocane-fruiting blackberry from the
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, offers growers a new option with an extended
fruiting season and high yield potential.
Consumers save more, spend more on restaurant food in January
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Personal income rose in January, as did consumer savings and
spending on food outside of the home, according to the February Personal Income and
Outlays Report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
March 17: A day dedicated to clovers to aid Arkansas 4-H
FERNDALE, Ark. — Arkansas 4-H is hoping you’ll help the educational program on the
most green-intensive day of the year: St. Patrick’s Day.
What do you know about Arkansas wines? New survey wants to know
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — What do you know about wines made in Arkansas? A new survey from
the Arkansas Quality Wine Program wants to know.
Spring Walk Across Arkansas registration opens today
LITTLE ROCK — If you’ve been looking for a good reason to start working off that
“quarantine 15” or cure winter’s cabin fever, registration is open for the spring
2021 edition of Walk Across Arkansas.