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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.