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Arkansas River Valley sees rise in bird deaths attributed to black fly variants
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Amid concerns of rising avian flu cases, poultry flock managers
in Arkansas’ River Valley region are reporting multiple cases of bird deaths attributed
to another familiar culprit: The turkey gnat.
Environmental sustainability a focus of new University of Arkansas economist
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A shift in thinking about environmental sustainability on the
farm as a long-term risk mitigation factor is taking place in agricultural economics.
Experiment station researcher in search of a more water efficient chicken
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In a world with shrinking freshwater resources for a growing
human population, where do you find enough moisture to grow food? You might start
by improving water use efficiency in the world’s number one livestock animal — chickens.
Enjoy summer fun while practicing sun safety tips to avoid skin cancer, sunburn
LITTLE ROCK — As temperatures warm up and the school year winds down, Arkansas families
are preparing to spend more time outside during the summer months. While the Natural
State offers plenty of opportunities for fun in the sun, it’s important to practice
sun safety by using sunscreen, avoiding prolonged sun exposure and wearing protective
UA System Board of Trustees confirms Fields as VP-agriculture
BATESVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees confirmed Deacue
Fields as vice president for agriculture on Wednesday based on a recommendation by
System President Donald R. Bobbitt.
U of A graduate research assistant named American Society of Animal Science Young
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Samantha Howe, a graduate research assistant in animal science
at the University of Arkansas, has been named the 2022 American Society of Animal
Science Young Scholar.
Arkansas among 12 states reporting salmonella outbreaks connected to Jif peanut butter
products; FDA issues recall
WASHINGTON — Arkansas is one of 12 states reporting salmonella cases connected to
a product recall of Jif brand peanut butter products, according to the U.S. Food and
Fall planting strawberries? When is too late, and too early, to plant in Arkansas?
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Planting strawberries in the fall to get a robust crop the following
spring is typical with growers. But how late is too late for fall planting of strawberries
UA System Trustee Ed Fryar to keynote national development conference
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ed Fryar, member of the University of Arkansas System Board of
Trustees, will be the Bickford Lecture Series Keynote speaker at this year’s national
conference of the National Agricultural Alumni Development Association.
Most Crop per Drop irrigation contest challenges rice, corn, soybean growers
STUTTGART, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s annual
Most Crop Per Crop irrigation yield contest is now open to Arkansas rice, soybean
and corn producers, and for the first time, includes two rice competition categories.
With $95,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, this year’s competition is the most
lucrative in the contest’s history.
Research shows hardwood muscadine propagation is possible for small programs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Scientists with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station,
the research arm of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, have
done what many thought was too difficult to do: root muscadine vines from dormant
Arkansas 4-H Center’s ExCEL leadership program welcomes new coordinator
FERNDALE, Ark. — At the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center, opportunities for hands-on
and “minds-on” learning abound. For youth, college, non-profit and corporate groups,
the 4-H Center’s ExCEL Leadership Program has offered such an opportunity since 1986.
The team building and leadership development program welcomed Taylor Knox as its new
coordinator on May 1.
Plant species diversity is key to enhancing soil carbon in grasslands
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As addressing climate change and curbing global warming trends
becomes more urgent, agricultural researchers have been lending their data to the
To give native grasses a good head start, limit grazing and stay on top of weeds
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — So, you’ve established your first stand of native forage grass.
It looked iffy at first, but you made it through Year 1. Congratulations!
Fecal egg count service saves Arkansas producers money, animals
LITTLE ROCK — Controlling parasites in sheep and goats is crucial to herd health but chemical-resistant
parasites pose challenges. Without a management plan, a producer can waste money on
ineffective, expensive dewormers — and possibly lose animals.
Favorable Arkansas weather boosts cotton planting; December contracts trade at 11-year
high as drought intensifies in western U.S.
JONESBORO, Ark. — A much-needed stretch of sunny days has enabled Arkansas’ cotton
farmers to get more than half of their planting done as December futures prices hit
highest their highest level in 11 years.
Understanding the infant formula shortage and tips for impacted families
LITTLE ROCK — A nationwide shortage of infant formula is impacting families across
the United States. For mothers who rely on formula to provide critical nutrition for
their newborns, it’s important to proceed with caution for their child’s health and
Dry-aged beef current focus of new animal science faculty member
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Derico Setyabrata, assistant professor of meat science and muscle
biology, joined the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture on a mission
to help add value for beef producers and improve quality for consumers.
Upcoming workshop, field day to offer tips & tools for pond managers, gardeners
HOPE, Ark. — With summer fast approaching, the Cooperative Extension Service’s Southwest
Research and Extension Center is offering two events aimed at giving Arkansans insight
into pond management and horticultural production.
Avian influenza found in 34 states; two biosecurity webinars scheduled for Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Thirty-four states have had confirmed cases of the deadly H5N1
avian influenza, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Master Gardeners virtual auction offers garden gifts and more
LITTLE ROCK — Supporting beautification and landscape projects across Arkansas while
scoring some good shopping deals is as simple as participating in this year’s Master
Gardeners virtual auction, opening May 13.
First two students complete food science department’s Brewing Science certification
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Growing interest in craft beer in the state and across the country
led to the creation of a certification plan at the U of A, and two students are about
to be the first to complete the curriculum.
May 18 webinar: Who has rights to the water when drought hits?
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Who has the right to access water in the American West? Find
out during an online webinar hosted by the National Agricultural Law Center on May
Madison County Extension administrative specialist whose family founded War Eagle
Fair is ‘big on community’
HUNTSVILLE, Ark. — Throughout Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service employees are
deeply involved with their communities. For Jerry Jo Hamm, Madison County administrative
specialist, being “big on community” is family history: her relatives founded and
run the War Eagle Fair, a craft fair that attracts tens of thousands of people to
War Eagle Valley each fall.
Davis: Farmers need to understand effects of labor regs, immigration, shrinking worker
pool on farm-to-table cycle
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Managing farm workers has never been easy, but changes in regulations,
immigration laws and a shrinking pool of eligible hires has increased the level of
difficulty for farm managers, according to Brandon Davis, a nationally recognized
Soil health field day to teach cover crops, minimum tillage practices to Arkansas
COTTON PLANT, Ark. — Soil health is a critical component of crop success for growers.
Arkansas farmers will have a chance to learn and implement soil practices at the Soil
Health Field Day and Training at the Adam Chappell Farm in Cotton Plant on May 25
from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Arkansas Rice Breeding Program piles up record off-season rice harvest in Puerto Rico
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Rice Breeding Program's 2022 off-season harvest
in the tropical U.S. territory of Puerto Rico pulled in a record amount of rice breeding
materials for ongoing experiments and seed increases for new varieties of rice that
have been developed by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station —the research
arm of the Univerity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
What legal issues are bubbling under the surface? Mid-South conference online bonus
session will look at emerging issues, labor, immigration
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — What major issues are bubbling under the surface in agricultural
and environmental law? Find out during a bonus online session of the Mid-South Agricultural
and Environmental Law Conference.
AgHeritage CEO Cole to discuss headwinds facing agriculture during Mid-South Ag and
Environmental Law Conference
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Agriculture is often at the mercy of the weather, but the industry
is facing storms of another type.
Diversity, mental health awareness top Mid-South Ag and Environmental Law conference
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Diversity and wellness are among Sherie Edwards’ top priorities
in her role as president of the Tennessee Bar Association and will be integral to
her ethics presentation June 10 during the Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental
Law Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.