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Researchers receive $550,000 USDA-NIFA grant to develop farmers market food safety
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Food safety education for small producers will take on an interactive
gaming form with the help of a collaborative $550,000 grant from the U.S. Department
of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Pioneer Arkansas grape grower, winemaker Mathew Post leaves legacy with Arkansas Agricultural
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Mathew Joseph Post Sr., a pioneer in the Arkansas grape-growing and winemaking industry who collaborated with
the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station on numerous grape and wine research projects,
has died at the age of 97.
Food science graduate students win 10 awards in Arkansas food protection contest
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Nine University of Arkansas graduate students in food science combined for 10 awards for
their presentations at a poster contest sponsored by the Arkansas Association of Food Protection.
Arkansas breweries partner in Arkansas Ag Experiment Station hops study
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Horticulture researchers with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station have partnered with
three breweries across the state in a quality research study of hops grown in Arkansas
with a public release set Nov. 5 in Siloam Springs.
Cooperative Extension Service to host Arkansas Veterans' Small Business Summit
LITTLE ROCK — For veterans who own and operate small businesses, accessing available
resources is critical to financial success and longevity. Arkansas veteran business
owners will have an opportunity to learn about programs and services designed to help
their businesses succeed at the Arkansas Veterans’ Small Business Summit, hosted by
the Cooperative Extension Service’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center on Nov.
New Arkansas 4-H Video Crew members to train in video production
LITTLE ROCK — In an increasingly digital world, young people need to develop the technical
skills necessary for success in many career paths. For students interested in video
technology, the Arkansas 4-H Video Crew offers an opportunity for hands-on learning
with industry professionals.
National Ag Law Center Continues ‘Growing Careers’ webinar series on Nov. 2
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a webinar as
part of its “Growing Careers” series. The upcoming webinar, “Growing Careers in Agricultural
and Food Law for Undergraduate Students,” features Marla Dickerson, associate vice
chancellor of innovation and strategic partnerships and initiatives for the Southern
University Law Center.
Arkansas soybean researchers breed for 'plasticity' in varioius environments
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Development of drought-tolerant soybean varieties will increase
sustainability and economics of production, but current research indicates these varieties
may perform poorly in the absence of drought. Larry Purcell has his sights set on
what he considers an ideal genotype — soybean varieties that can grow well in both
dry and water-rich environments.
Arkansas Forestry Association honors Cooperative Extension’s McPeake as educator of
LITTLE ROCK — Becky McPeake, professor and extension wildlife specialist for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been honored by the Arkansas Forestry
Association as educator of the year.
Westerman tours Southwest Research and Extension Center during agriculture tour
HOPE, Ark. — From the global economy and supply chain to the global climate and regional
weather patterns, perhaps no industry is as affected by external forces as agriculture.
For better or worse, that makes farming a primary concern of political representatives
at every level — especially in a state dominated by agriculture.
National 4-H Hall of Fame inducts UA Little Rock chancellor emeritus
LITTLE ROCK — Joel Anderson’s journey from growing up in Swifton, Arkansas, to being
chancellor emeritus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has had a running
theme: his appreciation for and support of Arkansas 4-H.
National Clean Plant Center for Berries expands capabilities with new home
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Clean Plant Center for Berries at the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station is moving into a renovated laboratory, expanding its capability
to assure that nurseries and growers have plants free of harmful pathogens.
Technological advances for turfgrass management a focus of new faculty member
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Drones and GPS technology are some of the emerging tools in the
treatment of turfgrass diseases, and Wendell Hutchens hopes to find the best uses
for these technologies in his new role with the turfgrass research program at the
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.
Artificial intelligence programmer in ag tech named ABI New Investigator of the Year
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A major intersection of agriculture and technology today is in
artificial intelligence and machine learning to process massive amounts of data from
those quadcopters buzzing over crop fields.
Arkansas study shows soil nutrient levels can vary when soil is very dry
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Very dry conditions, like those seen in most of Arkansas this
fall, impact two aspects of soil sampling that make it hard to measure how much phosphorus
and potassium are in a field.
Cooperative Extension Service summer internship program alumna plans for career in
WARREN, Ark. — When considering whether to pursue a summer internship, Rayvin Callaway
has three words of career advice: “Just try it.” Callaway was among the first class
of Cooperative Extension Service interns since the institution reintroduced the program
in 2022, working a 10-week paid summer internship at the Bradley County Extension
Undergraduate student research highlighted in 2022 issue of Discovery Journal
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The latest edition of Discovery, the undergraduate research journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences, features original research and independent creative projects
from 10 student scientists at the University of Arkansas.
Blankets, boxes, moist soil can help protect garden against freeze, frost
UNDATED — With freeze warnings and watches covering much of Arkansas on Monday, gardeners
are being advised to give their plants some protection.
Flavor chemist joins experiment station, Bumpers College food science faculty
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Scott Lafontaine, assistant professor in food chemistry, joined
the department of food science at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and
the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University
of Arkansas to investigate the chemical components that impart desirable smells, tastes
and mouthfeels to drinks and foods.
Longtime extension agent appointed consumer horticulture educator, Arkansas Master
LITTLE ROCK — The Cooperative Extension Service has a new consumer horticulture educator
who will lead statewide outreach and coordinate Master Gardener programs.
Giant dust devil turns Tuesday into 'Windsday' at rice research center
GREENFIELD, Ark. — Tuesday was a real whirlwind of a day for Tim Burcham.
Cooperative Extension Service welcomes new weed specialist to horticulture faculty
LITTLE ROCK — Hannah Wright-Smith, new extension weed specialist for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is looking forward to helping county extension
agents make a difference in the lives of their constituents.
With Mississippi River shipping at a crawl, farmers seeing prices for their grain
LITTLE ROCK — Farmers faced with high fuel and fertilizer costs this growing season
could at least look for consolation in relatively high commodity prices. However,
even that right spot may be slipping away as low water on the Mississippi River slows
shipping and keeps grain backing up at local elevators.
Cattle improvement professor receives award for his contributions
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Reproductive technologies are some of the most powerful means
for genetic improvement in cattle, but tools like artificial insemination are not
widely used. Charles Richard Looney, professor of genetic improvement in cattle for
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, wants to improve the industry
through research and outreach on reproductive technologies.
Poultry biosecurity webinars set for Oct. 18, 20 following confirmed case of avian
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Following confirmation of a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza
in Madison County, the Cooperative Extension Service has scheduled two webinars for
backyard poultry flock owners with tips to keep their birds safe.
Club fundraiser provides students first-hand experience in commercial food processing
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — At the Arkansas Food Innovation Center, the arrival of fall is
announced by the sweet aroma of apples, cinnamon and allspice as students cook up
a ton of apple butter, a Food Science Club fundraiser that has been going on for nearly
Howard County team competes in National 4-H Food Challenge finals
LITTLE ROCK — A team of Arkansas 4-H members celebrated National 4-H Week by competing
in the National 4-H Food Challenge finals and returning home with a sixth-place win.
Arkansas rice blast research garners $1M National Science Foundation award
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station microbiologist has
won a National Science Foundation award to continue research on a fungal pathogen
that threatens global food security.
New poultry science researcher plans to pursue foodborne pathogen control
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tomi Obe, new assistant professor with the Center of Excellence
for Poultry Science and department of poultry science, is eager to find ways to identify
and control foodborne pathogens in the poultry industry.
Persistent avian influenza outbreaks pushing up turkey, poultry prices
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Expect to pay more for the Thanksgiving turkey as growers continue
to deal with a potent and persistent strain of avian influenza.
Arkansas agriculture connected to $2.8B USDA Climate-Smart Commodities initiative
HUMNOKE, Ark. —Arkansas has connections to several projects being funded through the
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $2.8 billion Climate-Smart Commodities program aimed
at reducing greenhouse gases, improving carbon storage and developing new revenue
streams for small and underserved farmers.
Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council provides big picture look at Arkansas ag as
it hosts Country Women's Council USA, international affiliate president
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — A three-day conference hosted by the Arkansas Extension Homemakers
Council provided a window in to Arkansas agriculture for the global head of the Associated
Country Women of the World.
Research uncovers 2 pathways to herbicide resistance in weedy rice
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Researchers in Arkansas and Missouri have confirmed two genetic
pathways that lead to herbicide resistance in weedy rice, a major pest for Arkansas
Oct. 19 webinar to focus on impact of drought on crop insurance
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As drought continues to expand and intensify across the United
States, farmers need to understand what crop insurance can and can’t do — which will
be the topic of the Oct. 19 webinar from the National Agricultural Law Center.
Is fall too late to apply fire ant controls?
LITTLE ROCK — Extension entomologist Kelly Loftin says he’s gotten fewer calls about
fire ants this year, thanks to persistent drought.