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Sept. 30, 2022

Arkansas 4-H members receive Congressional Award

LITTLE ROCK — The Congressional Award is the highest honor the U.S. Congress bestows on youth civilians — and several Arkansas 4-H members are among the most recent recipients.

Sept. 30, 2022

Farmers for Tomorrow fundraiser set Oct. 19 to support aspiring farmers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food will hold a fundraising event 5-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 to support the Farmers for Tomorrow fund, a new program to help Farm School and Apprenticeship program graduates start their farm business.

Sept. 30, 2022

McFadden joins Division of Agriculture as Tyson Endowed Chair ag economist

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station is getting a boost in research on consumer behavior with Brandon McFadden as the new Tyson Endowed Chair in Food Policy Economics in the department of agricultural economics and agribusiness.

Sept. 30, 2022

CAFF graduates, mentor farms to receive grants under NW Arkansas Farmers Pilot Program

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Graduates of the Center for Arkansas Farms and Food as well as CAFF mentor farms are among those receiving grants from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture as part of its Northwest Arkansas Farmers Pilot Program aimed at increasing local food production.

Sept. 30, 2022 

Oct. 20 tour to feature forest management for water quality, wildlife

LITTLE ROCK — An Oct. 20 forestry tour at the Livestock and Forestry Research Station in Batesville will highlight forest management practices that will promote forest production and wildlife habitat and improve water quality and help wildlife in upland hardwoods.

Sept. 30, 2022

Fire, flood, serve as crop residue management tools for rice, corn, other crops

LITTLE ROCK — Use of fire in harvested fields in Arkansas is one of several tools farmers can use in managing residue from rice and other crops to prepare for the next season, said Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Sept. 29, 2022

Division, college faculty, staff honored at Bumpers College Service Awards Reception

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Twelve faculty members, scientists and researchers in the University of Arkansas’ Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and the U of A System Division of Agriculture were recently recognized with milestone service awards to the college, university and division.

Sept. 29, 2022

SIDEBAR: 'Cowboy caviar' recipe packs a flavorful, healthy punch

LITTLE ROCK — Across the many picnics, potlucks and cookouts of football season, it can be difficult to find healthy recipes that still deliver on flavor and texture. For a delicious, nutrient-rich side dish that may become the star of the meal, go west with this recipe for “cowboy caviar.”

Sept. 29, 2022

Important food safety, grilling tips for tailgating season

LITTLE ROCK — No matter the score, football season brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy tailgating and outdoor fun with family and friends. To make the most of game day, be sure to follow food safety guidelines by keeping and cooking meat at the proper temperatures.  

Sept. 29, 2022

Cooperative Extension Service to offer two-day remote produce safety training

LITTLE ROCK — For commercial produce growers, keeping farms free of microbial contamination and reducing foodborne illness outbreaks is critical. To support these efforts, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will offer a two-day, remote produce safety training workshop for vegetable and fruit growers. The training will provide important information on best practices, regulatory requirements and risk management.

Sept. 26, 2022

Insect Festival 2022 brings loads of buggy fun to northwest Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The critters that give you the creeps seem friendlier at the University of Arkansas Insect Festival. The 2022 festival opens Oct. 27 and is hosted by the department of entomology and plant pathology of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the U of A. 

Sept. 23, 2022

Seedless muscadines can put the folksy southerner one step closer to the dinner table

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Without big bitter seeds to expel, the flavorful muscadine could go from the front porch to the dinner table in America and beyond.

Sept. 23, 2022

Muscadine post-harvest research focuses on shelf-life, consumer preference

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Muscadine research by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station has been a collaboration between horticulture and food science to demonstrate that these folksy native grapes appeal to a vast consumer market. 

Sept. 23, 2022

Why we need a soybean variety that cannot fix nitrogen

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Breeding a modern soybean that does not “fix” its nitrogen may initially seem counterintuitive. However, it is part of the grand plan to assess nitrogen fixation in new high-yielding varieties and potentially reverse the decline in grain protein content seen over the past 30 years.

Sept. 23, 2022

Cooperative Extension Service's online beekeeping course now available

LITTLE ROCK — As backyard gardens and chicken coops become more popular, so does another element of modern homesteading: beekeeping. For people interested in learning about the practice or brushing up on their skills, the Cooperative Extension Service's new online beekeeping course provides information about the tools, costs and safety precautions involved.

Sept. 21, 2022

Extension to offer Arkansas Watershed Stewardship training program

LITTLE ROCK — Protecting water quality is something everyone can do to some degree — but sometimes, we all need a little help getting started.

Sept. 20, 2022

Sept. 28 webinar highlights current market, importance of carbon contracts

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When companies approach farmers with contracts to sequester carbon in the soil, it is critical that farmers know exactly what they are agreeing to before signing, according to Stephen Carpenter, deputy director of the Farmer’s Legal Action Group, Inc.

Sept. 20, 2022

Poultry science grad student wins research award for 3D tech in visual pathways of birds

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The neural pathways in a bird's brain can be very complex, prompting poultry scientists at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station to employ 3D imaging technology for research and teaching.

Sept. 19, 2022

Retired entomologist helped pioneer IPM; brought bugs to the people

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Don Steinkraus joined the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station in 1989 and launched a successful career in integrated pest management research in row crops. He also became a window into the captivating world of insects for generations of students and Arkansas citizens of all ages. Steinkraus retired in June 2022. But he’s not yet done with the tiny, multi-legged intrigues of arthropods.

Sept. 16, 2022

Postdoctoral researcher hired as assistant professor of soil fertility

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Soil scientists are translators between soils, plants, and producers to help communicate and predict a plant’s nutrient requirements. Gerson Drescher, assistant professor of soil fertility, is interested in expanding the tools and methods for plant and soil analysis to improve that line of communication.

Sept. 16, 2022

Cooperative Extension Service offers 2022 Arkansas Ballot Issue Voter Guide

LITTLE ROCK — In November’s upcoming General Election, Arkansas voters will have four proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. To help Arkansans understand these proposed changes to the state constitution, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Public Policy Center has published an online guide to Arkansas’ statewide ballot issues.

Sept. 16, 2022

Oct. 28 field day to address drought’s effect on cattle, forages and more

HOPE, Ark. — This year’s Beef & Forages Field Day, scheduled for Oct. 28 at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope, will address drought impacts on the cattle market, nutritional considerations in forage and more.

Sept. 16, 2022

Lower seeding rates produce same results as extra seeds for winter legume cover crop

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When it comes to seeding rates for winter legume cover crops, more seed doesn’t necessarily mean much more biomass production and weed suppression.

Sept. 14, 2022

Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association honors longtime leader for 40 years of service

FERNDALE, Ark. — Many former 4-H members remain involved with the youth development program long after they age out, ensuring new generations benefit from the program’s hands-on learning opportunities. On Aug. 6, the Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association honored Barbara Nelson for 40 years of service to the organization, which supports the Natural State’s 4-H programs.  

Sept. 13, 2022

Prices move higher after USDA report cuts rice, soybean acres

JONESBORO, Ark. — Prices for long-grain rice, cotton and soybeans moved higher Monday following the release of the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s “Crop Production” report.

Sept. 13, 2022

Sept. 21 webinar corrals legal issues of fences and livestock

AMARILLO, Texas — A fence is more than just posts and strands of wire; it’s the foundation of a whole class of laws about property, range and stray animals and the rights and responsibilities of ranchers.

Sept. 12, 2022

How can students avoid college debt?

LITTLE ROCK — College students are receiving more than $1.6 trillion in federal aid in 2022, and nearly 20 percent of students with federal loans are in default. How can a student attain a degree without racking up debt?

Sept. 9, 2022

New webinar series to focus on Arkansas conservation partnerships

LITTLE ROCK — Conservation is vital to agriculture, and many resources and programs exist to support farmers’ pursuit of those practices. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will host a webinar series sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to share information about ways to incorporate conservation practices through existing resources.

Sept. 9, 2022

Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing to host poultry welfare symposium Oct. 12

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Tyson Center for Food Animal Wellbeing will host its 8th annual symposium on Oct. 12 in a hybrid format, with speakers focusing on poultry welfare and what the industry is doing to increase knowledge in this area.

Sept. 9, 2022

Poultry Science Department Head Honored as Fellow of the Poultry Science Association

SAN ANTONIO — Straight out of high school, David Caldwell didn’t envision a career in poultry science, yet he has been honored by the Poultry Science Association as a Fellow for his contributions to the field of poultry science and service to the organization.

Sept. 9, 2022

Researchers developing tool to help poultry producers realize full value of solar technology

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Poultry producers considering the use of renewable energy in their operations will have a free tool this fall to help them determine whether solar is right for them.

Sept. 9, 2022

Long-term Arkansas soil health study shows benefits of carbon sequestration

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Just because microbes work faster in the heat and humidity of the South does not necessarily mean farmers in Arkansas cannot take advantage of them to help sequester carbon from crop residue and build soil health over time.

Sept. 9, 2022

SIDEBAR: The cost of burning crop residue is not just lost nitrogen

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The common practice in Arkansas of burning crop residue comes at the cost of soil nutrient levels and lost potential to build soil health with carbon.

Sept. 8, 2022

New Smart Farming Research Facility will enable cutting-edge poultry science

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Construction is nearly complete on a state-of-the-art poultry science facility that will open new avenues of research for the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science and the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

Sept. 7, 2022

Pasture management key to profit and water quality

LITTLE ROCK — Well-managed pastures can have a positive effect both on water quality and farm budgets. The Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, is working with partners and landowners throughout the state to make this potential a reality.

Sept. 2, 2022

Researcher employs microorganisms to counter major disease affecting beef industry

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The little things living in a calf’s nose could be key to combating bovine respiratory disease, the single most costly illness affecting the beef industry.

Sept. 2, 2022

Division of Agriculture beef research, education supported by Arkansas Beef Council 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Animal scientists with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station were awarded over $63,000 by the Arkansas Beef Council this year to continue research and educational programs on beef production. 

Sept. 2, 2022

New equipment expands research, diagnostic capabilities at the Arkansas Plant Health Clinic

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — New diagnostic equipment at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Arkansas Plant Health Clinic is helping expand its research and detection capabilities. 

Sept. 2, 2022

Registration opens for Walk Across Arkansas Fall 2022

LITTLE ROCK — As fall arrives and busy schedules resume for many families, it’s important to carve out time for exercise. Walk Across Arkansas, an eight-week, group-based exercise program supported by the Cooperative Extension Service, is designed to help Arkansans get active.

Sept. 2, 2022

Blackberry beers latest in ongoing collaboration between Division of Agriculture, Brewers Guild, Little Rock brewery

LITTLE ROCK — Some found one a little sweet, the other with a little bite. Either way, beer drinkers seemed to warm to the two varieties of blackberry beer on tap at Stone’s Throw Brewing in late July, as extension specialists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture collected reactions to the Arkansas-made brews.

Sept. 1, 2022

New animal science professor brings global perspective to UAM

MONTICELLO, Ark. — A missionary group may have drawn away one of UA-Monticello’s veterinarians, but it also had a hand in bringing in his replacement.

Sept. 1, 2022

Arkansas farmland values, cash rents follow commodity prices

JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas farmland values and cash rents are following commodity prices and inflation higher.