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USDA cattle report reflects declining feedlot inventories
LITTLE ROCK — For the fourth month in a row, cattle feedlot inventories across the
United States fell below same-month figures from 2020, according to a recent report
from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Arkansas study shows soybeans yield 10.5 percent more with cover crop
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A three-year study conducted by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station shows that cover
crops can improve yields in soybean fields. The study also answers a lingering question
about wheat-double-crop systems.
Friends, colleagues remember Division of Agriculture entomologist Phil Tugwell for
hard work, generosity, impact on Arkansas agriculture
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Phil Tugwell — “Tug” to his friends — was known as a hard worker
who was generous with resources, knowledge, credit and … well, pretty much everything.
Noel Philip Tugwell died Oct. 20 in Fayetteville.
Pittman: Foreign ownership of U.S. forestlands has wide-reaching implications
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Nearly half of the nation’s forested lands are foreign owned,
which can have broad implications in multiple realms from policy to carbon markets,
said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center.
New parboiling method saves water, improves nutrient content in rice
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Food scientists at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
have developed a new parboiling process that reduces water use up to 75 percent and
improves nutrient content in rice.
Chaff lining, seed mills aid in fight against herbicide-resistant weeds
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station is taking part in
research to fight the battle against herbicide-resistant weeds.
USDA grant to further fund food safety education through Cooperative Extension Service,
LITTLE ROCK — The Cooperative Extension Service’s efforts to help ensure Arkansas
consumers have access to the safest fruit and vegetable produce available will see
continued funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wet spring, dry summer in central Arkansas lead to strong finish for rice
LONOKE COUNTY, Ark. — Arkansas growers have seen a little — or a lot — of everything
this year, including record low temperatures and snowfall in February and a record
rainfall event in June. Nevertheless, many row crop farmers in the center of the state
are enjoying a strong harvest season.
Nov. 6 workshop, webinar offer insight for starting a food business
LITTLE ROCK — Starting a business begins with a great idea, but turning that idea
into a reality takes a lot more. That’s where the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture’s Share Grounds program can help — from helping entrepreneurs scale
up recipes to understanding food laws to providing a permitted kitchen space where
food entrepreneurs can work.
Walker Park pedestrian safety enhanced by $21K in anti-obesity grant funding
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — The Cooperative Extension Service recently partnered with volunteers
from Nucor and Nucor-Yamato Steel and workers from Blytheville Parks and Recreation
to make safety improvements and clean up Walker Park as part of a larger effort to
encourage exercise and reduce obesity.
Pickings slim in this year’s giant pumpkin, watermelon contest
LITTLE ROCK — This year’s 4-H Biggest Pumpkin and Watermelon Contest entries were
a little on the lighter side but still managed to survive a growing season beset with
rain, flooding and even drought.
Beef and Forages Field Day set Oct. 29 at Southwest Research and Extension Center
HOPE, Ark. — Ways to improve cattle health and reproduction are features of a Beef
and Forages Field Day at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s
Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope.
Management of native grasses doesn’t stop during winter
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For all things, there is a season. For a few things — managing
native perennial warm season grasses, for example — there’s every season.
‘Closed canopy’ approach to pasture management a reliable defense against unpredictable
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — From record summer high temperatures to record winter lows and
record 48-hour rain events in between, the unusual has increasingly become the norm
in Arkansas’ weather.
2021 issue of Discovery Journal highlights undergraduate student research
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Student scientists at the University of Arkansas saw their work
featured in the 2021 edition of Discovery, the undergraduate research journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences.
New crop, soil, and environmental sciences head aims to engage with students, stakeholders
in first year
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Jeff Edwards plans to hit the ground running in his new role
as head of the crop, soil, and environmental sciences department for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences.
Arkansas Corn and Cotton Online Field Day set Oct. 28
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Corn and cotton are the topics for the next virtual field day
presented by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Arkansas grows 10 edible, ornamental pumpkins as part of 11-state Squash Hunger Trial
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A plethora of pumpkins at the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research
and Extension Center is part of the 11-state Squash Hunger Trial.
Division of Agriculture, Bumpers College faculty net $500K grant for study of impacts
of perennial forage systems
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Two Arkansas researchers will be gauging consumer sentiment as
well as evaluating any health and economic benefits of meat products from livestock
raised on perennial forage systems.
Greenhouse gas, cover crops research part of Northeast Rice Research and Extension
Center’s 2021 virtual field tour
HARRISBURG, Ark. — A project to measure greenhouse gases and water use in furrow-irrigated
rice, and the use of cover crops as a remediation tool in land leveling are just two
of the presentations that are part of the Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center
virtual field tour opening Oct. 18.
Arkansas wines to shine at Nov. 4 tasting in Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK — The reds, whites and rosé wines that earned silver and gold medals during the first Arkansas Quality Wine competition
this year will be the subjects of an open-to-the-public wine tasting Nov. 4 in Little
Little Rock’s Rusty Tractor Vineyards to host Arkansas grape growers conference Nov.
LITTLE ROCK — Using geographic information systems, improving vine quality, plus a
public tasting of Arkansas wines, are on the agenda for the Nov. 4 Arkansas Association
of Grape Growers conference to be hosted by Rusty Tractor Vineyards, 10 Rusty Tractor
Lane, in Little Rock.
Soil and soybean scientists work to get a handle on ‘dead man’s fingers’
For the past two years, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station researchers have
worked in the lab and in the field to learn more about an emerging pathogen identified
in 2014 as the prime culprit of soybean taproot decline — Xylaria necrophora.
Five things to know about cover crops in Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The proper use of cover crops can produce several benefits for
production systems in Arkansas including improved soil health, increased nitrogen,
and additional weed control options, according to research done by the Arkansas Agricultural
After a strong start to peanut harvest, rainfall taps brakes
LITTLE ROCK — In a year of stops and starts, the Arkansas peanut harvest is not immune.
Food science doctoral candidate earns $10,000 MISA Foundation scholarship
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tad Beekman, a University of Arkansas doctoral student in food
science, is one of seven students nationally selected to receive a Meat Industry Suppliers
Alliance Foundation scholarship for $10,000.
Students praise program in waterfowl, land management offered through UAM, Division
of Agriculture, Five Oaks
HUMPHREY, Ark. — It’s “everything I could imagine and more!” That’s how Katherine
Allen described her first months as a student in a unique graduate certificate program
in waterfowl habitat and recreational management.
Benton County extension staff chair, former livestock specialist honored with Awards
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Benton County Extension Staff Chair Johnny Gunsaulis and former
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture livestock specialist Paul Beck
were among four honored with Awards of Distinction by the department of animal science
at the University of Arkansas.
New guard llama settles in at Agricultural Experiment Station
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A new guard at the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension
Center is only 4 years old, but she stands over 6 feet tall and puts up with no drama.
She is a llama.