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While cicadas grab headlines east of the Mississippi, activity in Arkansas remains
LITTLE ROCK — To see, hear or read the national news, one could be forgiven for thinking
cicadas were the new national pastime, or possibly an invading force. And yet, it
is nearly all quiet, here on the Arkansas front. Emily McDermott, assistant professor
of entomology and plant pathology for the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture, said it will likely remain that way for another few years.
Fact sheet details steps to find weapons in fight against COVID in food production
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In the era of COVID-19, it may be time to get to know “List N”
from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Walk Across Arkansas teams rack up 1.3 million minutes of exercise
LITTLE ROCK — More than 200 teams with nearly 800 members racked up 1.35 million minutes
of exercise during the eight weeks of the spring edition of Walk Across Arkansas
Solar proving a good investment for poultry farms
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Use of solar energy, net metering and grants from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture have shown significant benefits for a Cleveland County poultry grower,
said Yi Liang, associate professor-biological and agricultural engineering.
SIDEBAR: Keys to solar: Net metering, meter aggregation, financial incentives
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A combination of policy and financial incentives have opened
the door to solar for agriculture operations in Arkansas.
Klingaman takes his keyboard on the road; expands his weekly column
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Each week, for nearly a quarter of a century, retired extension
horticulture specialist Gerald Klingaman has poured his horticultural expertise into
his keyboard, writing a column that has become a staple of newspapers statewide, as
well as having developed a keen following.
Food scientist tackles food safety in the lab, field and classroom
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Jennifer Acuff is making a three-tiered effort to ensure food
gets from the farm to the kitchen without contamination. Acuff joined the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center to open satellite office in Newport
NEWPORT, Ark. — The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center will soon have
an additional home in the northeastern area of the state.
Mid-South Conference: Join us for continuing education focused on ethics in agricultural
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Paul Keith, current president of the Arkansas Bar Association
and partner at Gibson and Keith in Monticello, Arkansas, will discuss ethics in agricultural
law at the eighth annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference,
hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center on June 10-11, 2021.
CREATE BRIDGES video series helps businesses gain online visibility
LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is working
to help retail and tourism businesses financially recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Food science doctoral students earn Feeding Tomorrow scholarships
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Three graduate students in food science at the U of A have received
2021 scholarships through Feeding Tomorrow: The Foundation of the Institute of Food
Arkansas 4-H youth share in $30,000+ in scholarships
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas 4-H youth will head to college this fall with a little less
financial strain thanks to 4-H college scholarships.
HOLIDAY: Grilling safety starts with clean hands, work surfaces
PERRYVILLE, Ark. — Memorial Day is one of the two biggest grilling days of the year
and before you fall completely under the spell of smoke and sizzle, it pays to remember
that the principles of food safety still apply when cooking moves outdoors.
June 9 blackberry tour offers insights into harvesting, breeding, trellis techniques
LITTLE ROCK — The June 9 Summer Blackberry Tour at the Fruit Research Station near
Clarksville will provide growers with insights into trellis techniques, mechanized
harvesting and breeding efforts for a fruit that’s growing in popularity among consumers.
Mid-South Conference: Hear perspective from a former USDA general counsel on trade,
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Sign up for a unique opportunity to hear the reflections of a
sitting judge on his time as USDA general counsel.
Mid-South Conference: Proposed changes in ag tax, estate planning
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As the saying goes, there’s nothing more sure than death and
taxes. Planning for both is essential to transfer a farm business to a successor,
and understanding their impact is necessary to make a successful plan.
Mid-South Conference: Understanding emerging carbon markets, ag impacts
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Phrases such as “carbon markets,” “carbon banking” or “carbon
smart agriculture and forestry” may not be familiar, but they are being used to describe
a means of addressing climate change that has the potential to significantly impact
Cellulosic nanomaterial may help solve problem of herbicide drift
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Up to 70 million pounds of herbicides are lost to the environment
each year in the United States, according to Environmental Protection Agency estimates.
Joseph Batta-Mpouma and Gurshagan Kandhola found a tiny solution to that big problem.
Consumers likely to feel impacts of I-40 bridge closure
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Disruptions in truck and barge traffic with the closure of the
Interstate-40 bridge over the Mississippi River will likely translate into higher
costs for consumers.
‘Could’ve been much worse’ as north winds prove an ally to Arkansas farmers racing
CONWAY, Ark. — May’s dark parade of rain has provided frustration aplenty for Arkansas
farmers trying to get a crop in the ground, however, “this past week could’ve been
much worse,” said Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture.
May’s rains deliver a haymaker for haymaking
MALVERN, Ark. — Arkansas’ livestock producers are moving cattle to higher ground as
an unsettled weather pattern threatens to bring up to six inches of rain to parts
of western Arkansas.
May a key time for pastures as grasses make warm-season transition
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ hay and forage producers will have to wait until the mud dries
to perform some key actions to get their warm-season grasses going.
Farmers plagued by spring rains ponder short-season cotton tactics
JONESBORO, Ark. — Too many wet days have compressed the planting window for cotton
growers into a series of short and irregular days in the field, with farmers looking
at ways to manage short-season cotton.”
April jobs report falls short of expectation, but jobs rise in leisure/hospitality
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Leisure and hospitality saw gains in jobs in April, however,
the overall jobs performance in the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Employment
Situation” didn’t live up to pre-report expectations.
Win some, lose some, but active Arkansas gins see net gain of one, NASS says
JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas gained one more cotton gin, raising the number of active
gins to 30 in 2020, compared to 29 in 2019, according to numbers from the National
Agricultural Statistics Service.
Consumer price index rises, but one month’s data not enough to foretell an ‘inflationary
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The consumer price index rose 0.8 percent between March and April,
the highest single-month increase since June 2009, as well as its highest year-over-year
increase — 4.2 percent — since September 2008.
Cole to present ‘From COVID to Trade Wars: Effect on Farm Lending,’ at 8th annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — With more than 29 years of experience in the Farm Credit System,
Greg Cole, president and CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services will discuss the impact
of COVID-19 and trade wars on agricultural lending at the eighth annual Mid-South
Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, hosted by the National Agricultural
Law Center on June 10.
Join us virtually: Mid-South Ag/Environmental Law Conference to offer unique perspective
on USDA farm program eligibility
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Attorney Mark Daniel Maloney will help farmers recognize situations
that may jeopardize eligibility for farm program payments during the eighth annual
Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference June 10-11.
Division of Agriculture communications staff score big at annual APW contest
LITTLE ROCK — Communications and public policy professionals from the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture earned 18 awards Saturday during the annual
Arkansas Press Women communications contest.
Agricultural Experiment Station recognizes 4 faculty, staff for early career performance
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station has named four faculty
and staff the inaugural recipients of the Early Career Recognition of Professional
Excellence (RoPE) Awards.
Do it for the ‘gram (and other social media): Share your Experience Arkansas Agriculture moments
LITTLE ROCK — Picture this: 20 minutes into your U-pick orchard visit you spot it
— the perfect Arkansas summer peach and an adorable farm dog. A couple of clicks later
and your peach, the pooch and your smiling face are all over Instagram.
Upcoming webinar: Benefits of rain gardens extend beyond the back yard
LITTLE ROCK — Many homeowners and backyard gardeners are finding that do-it-yourself
rain gardens are the perfect addition to their yards because they are not only attractive
but also good for the environment.
Carlisle senior takes both Soybean Science Challenge championship and FFA Agriscience
LITTLE ROCK — Alyssa Butler, a 17-year-old senior at Carlisle High School in Carlisle,
Arkansas, successfully defended her title as Arkansas Soybean Science Challenge state
Arkansas peaches, muscadines hardest hit in 2021’s second historic freeze event
LITTLE ROCK — In the overnight hours of April 20, temperatures fell into the 20s across
about half the state, triggering the second historic freeze event in 2021. While many
horticulture producers were able to prepare by covering berries and other bush plants,
peach and muscadine growers weren’t able to muster such defenses.
Arkansas pets, places inspire 4-H photographers
This year’s state winners, announced May 1, were selected from county winners from
42 participating counties. More than 400 photos were submitted at the county level,
with the county winners advancing to the state competition. Photos depicted Arkansas
scenes or subjects.