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Back to school: Habits adopted during pandemic can help reduce spread of more common
viruses as well
LITTLE ROCK — For as long as there’s been a public school system in the United States,
the return to class after summer vacation inevitably brings with it three unpleasantries:
The cough, the sniffle and the sneeze.
Back to school: How families can manage busy extracurricular schedules by communicating
and setting limits
LITTLE ROCK — For many families, the start of the school year means a return to hectic
extracurricular schedules. Brittney Schrick, extension assistant professor and family
life specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said
setting limits for the number of activities children can be involved in and maintaining
a family calendar are key to easing the stress of busyness.
Back to school: How to help kids cope with back-to-school anxiety
LITTLE ROCK — As families prepare for the start of the school year in August, many
kids may struggle with anxiety about returning to the classroom. Brittney Schrick,
extension assistant professor and family life specialist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, said it’s important for parents to be patient with
their children, help them process “big feelings,” and get a head start on establishing
Soybean board, Division of Ag renew soybean fellowship agreement
NEWPORT, Ark. — The Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture have renewed an agreement to provide fellowships to
master’s and Ph.D. students pursuing agriculture-related studies.
New FCIC rules give direct marketers more flexibility on crop insurance
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Farmers and ranchers who sell their bounty at roadside stands
and farmers markets could find it easier to obtain crop insurance or file a claim
with recent updates to the Federal Crop Insurance Program's Common Crop Insurance Policy.
UAM hosts pilot camp for underserved students to encourage STEM interest
MONTICELLO, Ark. — To show that math has real-world applications, Michael Blazier posed a problem to
a group of high school students: "How do you calculate the amount of usable wood that
can be extracted from a forest?"
Growers need forecast precipitation to be a ‘slow, soaking rain’
TRUMANN, Ark. — Arkansas’ thirsty farm fields and emptying reservoirs may get some
relief this weekend, with hopes that the forecast rainfall is gentle rather than furious,
said Mike Hamilton, extension irrigation educator for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
Washington County teens wins Arkansas 4-H Governor’s Award
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Janna Morse’s service to others took root in Washington County
more than a decade ago and has since expanded far beyond Arkansas’ borders. On Wednesday,
the West Fork teen received the 2022 Arkansas 4-H Governor’s Award, the highest honor
an Arkansas 4-H member can receive.
Carbon key to supporting microbes essential to healthy, productive soil
HARRISBURG, Ark. — Elements such as nitrogen and potassium can aid plant growth, but
carbon is a key ingredient for healthy soils that can better support crops and help
farmers manage a dwindling resource: water.
‘Sustainable sensory science’ method offers panelists safe, realistic conditions
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station’s
Sensory Science Center presented a new sensory testing method at the annual Institute
of Food Technologist’s FIRST (Food Improved by Research, Science and Technology) event
in Chicago on July 12.
Land surveying program at UAM offers hybrid learning
MONTICELLO, Ark. — If you own property, are constructing a building, or simply wanting to know about
whether your house is built in a flood zone, you’ve most likely used a land surveyor.
Plant genetics a focus of new Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station statistician
Arkansas 4-H Foundation to host Dinner at the Vines event to benefit 4-H
LITTLE ROCK — The C.A. Vines Center and the Arkansas 4-H Foundation will host the
second annual Dinner at the Vines event Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the C.A. Vines Arkansas
4-H Center — complete with garden party, lakeside dinner, silent and live auctions
Drought pressing U.S. cattle inventory numbers to lowest levels since 2015
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The United States’ cattle inventory has shrunk to its lowest
numbers since 2015 thanks to the drought sprawling across the western half of the
Certified arborist training, exam prep to be offered Aug. 25 in Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council will offer an in-person training
for anyone interested in becoming a certified arborist or getting advanced training
in arboriculture on Aug. 25 in Fayetteville.
Henry: Next 30 days critical for irrigators, crops and equipment
STUTTGART, Ark. — If there’s one message Chris Henry has for Arkansas row crop farmers
during the drought, it’s “don’t get in a hurry.”
Machine learning vs weeds: Aug. 23 field day at Keiser to feature new tech to help
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As weeds become more adept at evading control, researchers in
Arkansas and elsewhere are testing whether machine learning can improve weed management
and save farmers money.
As drought lingers, trees require smarter approaches for watering
LITTLE ROCK — With Arkansas’ prolonged drought taking a toll on trees across the state,
now is the time for homeowners to lend some extra attention to their trees that may
be in distress.
Saline County 4-H club designs 3D-printed bird eggs for county fair exhibit
SALINE COUNTY, Ark. — The 4-H model of “learn by doing” encourages youth to acquire
new skills through hands-on activities. The Salem Superstars 4-H club in Saline County
is practicing this by combining technology and wildlife curriculum to create 3D-printed
bird eggs, teaching participants about the innovative printing method and the Natural
State’s bird population.
Arkansas economists' International Rice Baseline Report contributes to U.S. Farm Bill
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Behind the scenes of the Super Bowl of United States agricultural
policy — the Farm Bill — agricultural economists with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment
Station contribute comprehensive information on the global rice market called the
International Rice Baseline Report.
Arkansas 4-H State O-Rama returns to University of Arkansas campus
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For Arkansas 4-Hers, all roads lead to State O-Rama. Hundreds
of youth, county staff and volunteers will flood the University of Arkansas Fayetteville
campus from July 26-29 for the event, which features state-level competitions, workshops,
tours and socials. This is the first in-person State O-Rama since 2019.
Income Tax School offers in-person, virtual options for advanced income tax preparation
LITTLE ROCK — Professional tax preparers and anyone interested in advanced income
tax preparation can learn about the latest tax code updates and what’s in store for
the 2023 tax season in virtual and in-person trainings offered by the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
‘Surviving drought’ topic of Division of Agriculture webinar for cattle producers
LITTLE ROCK — Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
will host a free webinar July 20 to offer guidance to Arkansas cattle producers struggling
Straight line wind storm affects Midwest corn, soybean acreage; effects on market
remain to be seen
LITTLE ROCK — It took just hours for a derecho to wreak crop and property damage in
at least four Midwestern states, but it may be weeks before its impacts on the corn
and soybean markets are known.
Drought prompting Arkansas ranchers to sell cattle
LITTLE ROCK — As triple-digit temperatures and weeks without rain suck the life out
of pastures and hay meadows, Arkansas’ cattle producers are having to sell part or
all of their herds.
Cotton market conundrum: Prices collapse as drought prompts dryland growers to abandon
JONESBORO, Ark. — U.S. cotton growers pressed by drought are expected to abandon almost
a third of planted acres against a backdrop of collapsing prices that are causing
a bit of head scratching, Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said on Wednesday.
Robertson on drought: ‘Could get real ugly before it is over’
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ cotton may look decent now but continued high temperatures
could really hit farmers in the pocketbook, Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist
for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said on Tuesday.
Drought forcing Arkansas farmers to make hard choices between crops
LITTLE ROCK — As fiercely hot, dry weather continues, Arkansas farmers are having
to make hard choices between their crops.
Soil for Water Project looks at effects of overgrazing
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Making the most of a pasture, especially when threatened with
drought conditions, calls for careful management.
Arkansas Discovery Farms hosts rice production tour in NE Arkansas on July 20
JONESBORO, Ark. — A rice production field day on July 20 to be co-hosted by the Arkansas
Discovery Farm Program and Anheuser-Busch will highlight water and nutrient efficiency,
carbon sequestration and include tours of the Northeast Rice Research and Extension
Center, Pratt Farms and Busch Agricultural Resources.
Rice Field Day returns live and in-person Aug. 5 in Stuttgart
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In-person field day tours return to the Rice Research and Extension
Center in Stuttgart on Aug. 5 for the first time in three years with informational
programs on a variety of subjects.
Cotton field day returns to Judd Hill Foundation Farm with new focus
TRUMANN, Ark. — After more than a decade away, agronomists and researchers with the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture brought the annual cotton field
day back to the Judd Hill Foundation farm, with a new focus: sustainability.
Arkansas-grown berries used in Arkansas blackberry beer pilot project
LITTLE ROCK — For blackberry lovers, the sweet, tart fruit is the star of many summer
dishes. One Arkansas blackberry producer, Ritter Farms, is teaming up with the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Arkansas Brewer’s Guild and Stone’s Throw
Brewing to create a flavorful batch of blackberry beer, made with berries bred through
the UA System blackberry breeding program and grown in Arkansas. Blackberry – and
beer – fans can sample the results at a tasting on Friday, July 22.
Division of Agriculture staff come up winners in APW, NFPW contests
LITTLE ROCK — Seven current or former staffers from the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture earned 35 awards in the 2022 state and national competitions
held by the National Federation of Press Women and its Arkansas affiliate.
Arkansas fruit breeder awarded by American Pomological Society for outreach, service
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The American Pomological Society has bestowed one of its top
honors to an Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station fruit breeder and researcher.
Microgreen vulnerability to pathogens characterized by researchers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Microgreens, though tiny, are packed with nutrients and flavor. Their use in salads has grown, but researchers have not yet focused on their susceptibility
to foodborne disease outbreaks — common in the salad green industry.
Division of Agriculture to offer in-person produce safety training in Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For produce growers, it’s critical to keep farms free of microbial
contamination and reduce foodborne illness outbreaks. To support these efforts, the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will offer a one-day, in-person
produce safety training workshop for fruit and vegetable growers, providing important
information on best practices, risk management and regulatory requirements.
Hammerhead sightings on the rise; experts say not to worry
LITTLE ROCK — Yes, they’re weird. They’re invasive. And if you go about it the wrong
way, your efforts to rid your lawn of them will only multiply your woes. But the hammerhead
worm isn’t here to hurt you.
How to safely avoid encountering Arkansas’ alligators
LITTLE ROCK — While enjoying the Natural State’s many bodies of water this summer,
swimmers and boaters need to avoid hazardous wildlife. This includes American alligators,
which are present in southern and central Arkansas. Becky McPeake, extension wildlife
specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said understanding
alligators is key to avoiding negative encounters.
Bollworm numbers up compared to 2021; farmers urged to scout
KEISER, Ark. — If there was one phrase to sum up farming in Arkansas at the start
of summer, it would be “keep scouting.”
Planted acreage for all major Arkansas crops falls from March forecast
LITTLE ROCK — Planted acreage for all major commodity crops fell from growers’ stated
planting intentions in March, according to a report issued Thursday by the U.S. Department