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Nov. 29, 2022

HOLIDAYS: Tips for staying healthy during the holidays

LITTLE ROCK — As many families resume in-person gatherings this holiday season, it’s important to follow health guidelines that keep everyone safe from COVID-19, the flu and other respiratory diseases.  

Nov. 23, 2022

HOLIDAYS: Conway County Judge pardons 4-H raised turkeys

MORRILTON, Ark. — While many turkeys will be featured as a main course this week, Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart and Allen Lipsmeyer, mayor of Morrilton, pardoned two lucky birds raised by Ridge Row 4-H Club participants as part of Conway County’s Turkey Week, which began Nov. 20 and ends Nov. 26.

Nov. 22, 2022

Drones in agriculture research propels multistate award

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Unmanned aircraft flying over farms, forests and plant nurseries are not such an unusual sight these days. A lot of research has gone into making the drones more economically beneficial in agriculture, from taking inventory at plant nurseries to spotting early signs of crop stress.

Nov. 22, 2022

Drought, nematodes, taproot decline on agenda for Jan. 6 Tri-State Soybean Conference in Dumas, Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — Two major soybean-growing villains — taproot decline and nematodes — will be on the agenda for the Tri-State Soybean Conference, an event that returns to Arkansas on Jan. 6.

Nov. 22, 2022

Sensory Science Center hosts collaborative online conference with universities in Italy, Republic of Korea

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station’s Sensory Science Center hosted a three-day online conference, “Science-Telling About Revolution (STAR) in Sensory Nudges,” on October 19-21. Researchers and industry professionals from around the world joined the virtual event to share how sensory cues can alter perception and behavior towards food. 

Nov. 21, 2022

HOLIDAYS: Practicing gratitude provides health and wellness benefits year-round

LITTLE ROCK — During the rush of the holiday season, it can be helpful to slow down and appreciate elements of everyday life that are often overlooked. Brittney Schrick, extension assistant professor and family life specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said practicing gratitude has numerous benefits for mental, emotional and physical health.

Nov. 18, 2022

Volunteers sought for Buffalo River Watershed litter audit

LITTLE ROCK — The Cooperative Extension Service is seeking volunteers across the state to assist with a water quality milestone of the Buffalo River Watershed Management Plan.

Nov. 18, 2022

Extension’s Ford receives Lifetime Achievement Award for forestry contributions

LITTLE ROCK — Victor L. Ford, associate vice president for agriculture and natural resources for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ouachita Society of American Foresters for his 40-year career in forestry.

Nov. 18, 2022

HOLIDAYS: How to safely cook the Thanksgiving turkey

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The traditional Thanksgiving meal revolves around the turkey, and food safety is a must to make sure holiday celebrations go off without a hitch.

Nov. 18, 2022

Arkansas ag econ professor awarded by Food Distribution Research Society

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Trey Malone, assistant professor in the agricultural economics and agribusiness department for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, was recently awarded the 2022 Presidential Award for Excellence in Research and Communication from the Food Distribution Research Society.

Nov. 17, 2022

National designation positions Tollett Veterinary Diagnostic Lab to aid state’s animal disease response

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Tollett Veterinary Diagnostic Lab is better positioned to help the state’s poultry industry now that it’s been added to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, or NAHLN, as a branch to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.

Nov. 16, 2022

Fire ant quarantine expands to include seven new Arkansas counties

LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has expanded an Imported Fire Ant quarantine in Arkansas to include seven new counties, bringing the quarantined area in the state to 50 counties.

Nov. 16, 2022

As Mississippi River rises, so do commodity prices

LITTLE ROCK — As rain feeds the Mississippi, the rising river is also buoying commodity prices farmers are receiving at the elevators.

Nov. 16, 2022

Enterprise budgets available to help farmers plan for 2023

JONESBORO, Ark. — The 2023 enterprise budgets, important tool to help farmers plan their next crop season mix, contain changes that reflect some of the biggest economic impactors from the current year, said economist and author Breana Watkins.

Nov. 11, 2022

Conference focuses on harnessing analytical instruments to improve food flavor, quality

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Instrumental analysis is an essential tool for quality control and research and development in food and beverage applications, said Scott Lafontaine, assistant professor in food chemistry with the University of Arkansas System.

Nov. 11, 2022

Native grasses, silvopasture part of Arkansas carbon sequestration study

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Reintroduction of deep-rooting native grasses like Big Blue Stem and Indiangrass, along with soil amendments and planting more trees in cattle pastures, are part of a proposed strategy to store more carbon in American grasslands.

Nov. 10, 2022

How genetics, amino acids and bacteria come together to combat soybean nematode

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — There's hope on the horizon for soybean farmers who battle nematodes, those tiny roundworms that damaged more than $95 million worth of soybean crops in Arkansas last year.

Nov. 9, 2022

Arkansas researchers screen spinach for pathogen resistance in vertical hydroponics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Researchers with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station are using a new vertical farming system to find spinach varieties that have resistance to a challenging root disease in hydroponic systems.

Nov. 9, 2022

National Ag Law Center webinar to describe USDA civil rights developments and the Inflation Reduction Act

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In the late 1990s, several lawsuits were filed against the United States Department of Agriculture alleging race discrimination. Some were settled, and others resulted in administrative remedies administered by USDA.

Nov. 8, 2022

Sheridan Elementary School receives Arkansas Department of Agriculture school garden award

SHERIDAN, Ark. — School gardens can help bring the classroom outside, and they provide students with opportunities for hands-on learning in many subjects. Brad McGinley, Grant County Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, helped found the school garden program at Sheridan Elementary School, which recently received the Champion of School Garden Sustainability award in the 2022 Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest.

Nov. 8, 2022

Extension biosystems engineer dies in highway collision

LITTLE ROCK — Sammy Sadaka, extension biosystems engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, died Sunday morning after a fatal highway collision in Franklin County. He was 62.

Nov. 4, 2022

USDA funds Arkansas research on grain production greenhouse gas emissions

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Most greenhouse gas emissions in commercial poultry operations are linked to feed production, and methods to reduce those emissions are the focus of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Nov. 4, 2022

Food science Ph.D. student Jannasch receives cereals and grains research grant

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Annegret Jannasch, a University of Arkansas graduate student in food science, has been awarded a $10,000 Research Council Grant by the Cereals & Grains Association.

Nov. 4, 2022

Researcher probes genetic mechanisms by which nematodes overcome resistance

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Asia Kud, assistant professor of nematology, is probing the mechanisms by which nematodes overcome resistance in plants. Kud joined the department of entomology and plant pathology for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station in October.

Nov. 3, 2022

Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing hosts 2022 symposium

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing hosted its first symposium since 2017, and speakers addressed current poultry welfare challenges and where the industry is headed in the future.

Nov. 2, 2022

USDA invests $3.3 million in two new partnerships to expand outreach on crop insurance to underserved producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently invested about $3.3 million in two new partnerships that will train and equip the next generation of crop insurance agents, adjusters and outreach educators about crop insurance options. These partnerships with the Intertribal Agriculture Council and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Southern Risk Management Education Center further efforts by USDA’s Risk Management Agency to broaden participation in crop insurance, especially among underserved producers.

Nov. 1, 2022

Cooperative Extension Service food safety experts share ideas for agriculture innovation at food forum   

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — At a food forum presented by the Arkansas Local Food Network, Cooperative Extension Service food safety experts shared their perspectives on the future of agriculture in the state with fellow panelists, including Arkansas farmers and leaders in the local food economy.