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Division of Agriculture honors outstanding faculty, staff at annual awards ceremony
FERNDALE, Ark. — Faculty and staff who exemplified the best work within the land grant
mission of extension, research and teaching in Arkansas were honored Friday during
the annual Agriculture Awards presented jointly by the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life
Division of Agriculture recognizes patents for crops, equipment, immune responses
FERNDALE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture on Friday
recognized faculty for patents they obtained on their inventions.
Updated decision tool helps farmers decide whether to cut potassium fertilizer during
record fertilizer prices
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As fertilizer prices soar, Arkansas farmers are looking for places
to cut costs, and potassium is often at the top of that list. Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station experts caution growers to choose their cuts carefully and offer
a toolkit to help make those decisions easier and more cost effective.
Sugars are important to plants but not essential for sap flow
MONTICELLO, Ark. — Discovery that plants have a backup plan to move sap even without
the presence of sugar — once thought impossible — is the result of a decade-long study
published in the February 21 issue of "Nature Plants. " The multinational research
team behind the discovery includes lead author Benjamin Babst, a scientist from the
Arkansas Forest Resources Center, and the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural
Resources at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Arkansas researchers lead fight against pathogens in greenhouses, hydroponics
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Even in the most controlled of environments, some things are
just going to be out of growers’ control. Researchers at the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station are working to understand those variables, including soilborne
pathogens and other disease factors that attack plants, to give farmers, horticulturists
and others the best possible advantage.
Bryant Aquatic Center to host 2022 Arkansas SeaPerch Challenge March 11
LITTLE ROCK — Forty-one teams, each equipped with a remote-control submersible assembled
from motors, pool noodles and PVC pipe, will be competing for the top prizes in the
Arkansas SeaPerch Challenge, March 11 at The Center at Bishop Park in Bryant.
Rice Processing Program develops on-farm drying guidelines to maximize quality, reduce
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station's Rice Processing
Program has released new recommendations to guide on-farm, in-bin rice drying in Arkansas
to maximize quality and energy savings.
Sustaining forest starts with planting trees
MONTICELLO, Ark. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello replanted its 82-acre
harvested area of university-owned forest next to the Drew County Fairgrounds. A crew
of 10 planted 36,000 seedlings in less than two days. Forest Manager Bobby Webb said
the last time trees were hand-planted trees on the UAM forest was in 2011.
Bumpers College student named Outstanding Ph.D. Student in weed science
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Maria Zaccaro-Gruener, a graduate student in the University of
Arkansas’ Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, has been named
Outstanding Ph.D. Student for 2021 by the Southern Weed Science Society.
Arkansas research on long-cane blackberries in soilless substrate makes headway
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Controlled-environment agriculture researchers at the Arkansas
Agricultural Experiment Station are pulling a trick on nature to get blackberries
to grow out of season.
Hands-on waterfowl education held at Wonders of Waterfowl Workshop
HUMPHREY, Ark. — Duck hunting is a passionate pastime for many Arkansans and their
families. The Natural State falls within the Mississippi Flyway, the route followed
by ducks migrating from their breeding grounds in North America to their wintering
grounds in the South. Arkansas 4-H, in partnership with the University of Arkansas
at Monticello and the Five Oaks Agriculture, Research and Education Center, is working
to make sure future generations continue their appreciation of this great resource.
Commercial, backyard poultry keepers urged to review biosecurity in light of potent
avian flu strain
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas poultry growers, both commercial and backyard hobby
flocks, are being asked to review appropriate biosecurity protocols in light of an
avian influenza strain being found in in birds east of the Mississippi.
Matlock elected to National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine board
valued for expertise in agriculture
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Marty Matlock, an Arkansas scientist with a national reputation
for work in sustainability, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of
Agriculture and Natural Resources, or BANR, of the National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine.
New director named to lead Center for Food Animal Well-Being
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A University of Arkansas alumna and Iowa native with academic
research and animal industry experience is the new director of the Center for Food
Animal Well-Being, a part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
January Cattle Inventory Report shows tighter supplies, bullish market for Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas cattle inventories declined for the third straight year, falling
more than 5 percent from January 2021 estimates, liquidating about 90,000 cattle and
calves, according to the January Cattle Inventory Report from the U.S. Department
CREATE BRIDGES program to offer hands-on training to small business owners
LITTLE ROCK – A community and economic development program from the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is launching a new effort to help small business
owners market and advertise their businesses.
Registration to open for Walk Across Arkansas Spring
LITTLE ROCK — The start of a new year often includes personal resolutions to exercise
more and lead a healthier lifestyle. Walk Across Arkansas, an eight-week, group-based
exercise program supported by the Cooperative Extension Service, is designed to help
Arkansans do just that.
Little Rock brewery to offer beer made with Arkansas hops
LITTLE ROCK — It often takes something special to make something special. To wit:
Arkansas hops — a rarity in their own right — will soon add a twist of flavor to a
limited-release batch of Arkansas-brewed beer.
Division of Agriculture’s Rainey appointed to USDA Equity Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ron Rainey, assistant vice president of the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
newly established Equity Commission, one of two Arkansans chosen to serve.
Arkansas Blackberry Growers Association honors Division of Agriculture fruit breeder
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Blackberry Growers Association has recognized John R. Clark,
distinguished professor of horticulture and co-director of the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program, for his significant contributions
to the blackberry industry.
Barber honored as soybean researcher of the year
JONESBORO, Ark. — If not for a text from a colleague, Tom Barber might not have been
on hand to receive his honor as Soybean Researcher of the Year from the Conservation
Food Scientist Threlfall Named ASHS Southern Region Distinguished Researcher
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Renee Threlfall, a research scientist in enology and viticulture
at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers
College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, has been named winner of the Julian
Miller Sr. Distinguished Researcher Award.
Four States Agricultural Expo set for Feb. 10 in Texarkana
TEXARKANA, Ark. – The Four States Agricultural Expo returns on Feb. 10, bringing together
growers and producers from a four-state area to learn about the latest research findings
and resources available for row crops, commercial horticulture, livestock and forages,
integrated pest management, feral hogs and wildlife, home gardening, lawn, pond and