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Experiment Station, Bumpers faculty selected for LEAD21 leadership program
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Two faculty members with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment
Station and the University of Arkansas’ Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food
and Life Sciences have been selected to participate in this year's Class 19 LEAD21
Create savings plan, set financial goals during America Saves Week
LITTLE ROCK — For many people, saving money can appear so daunting that it might seem
impossible. America Saves Week, which runs Feb. 27-March 3, is designed to help Americans
set a savings goal and make a plan to achieve it.
Cooperative Extension Service to offer produce safety grower training March 16 in
JONESBORO, Ark. — For commercial produce growers, keeping produce free of microbial
contamination and reducing foodborne illness is critical to the health and success
of their business. To support these efforts, the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture will offer a one-day, in-person produce safety training workshop for
fruit and vegetable growers.
Farm Bill listening session draws interest from southeast Arkansas farmers, businesses
MONTICELLO, Ark.— The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Agriculture auditorium was near capacity
on Feb. 21 as farmers, businessmen, bankers, educators, and other stakeholders gathered
for a listening session on the 2023 Farm Bill.
Division of Ag’s Fields to moderate March 17 panel discussion for water lecture
LITTLE ROCK — Deacue Fields, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas
System, will serve as moderator March 17 for a Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished
Lecture Series event focused on water.
Wonders of Waterfowl: 4-H members get bird’s eye view of wildlife management
HUMPHREY, Ark. — Learning takes on new dimensions when the classroom is the great
outdoors. That was the case for 50 Arkansas 4-H members who gathered at the Five Oaks
Agriculture Research and Education Center on a cool February Saturday to learn about
one of Arkansas’ star attractions — the ducks, of course.
Arkansas 4-H members head to Little Rock for 4-H Day at the Capitol
LITTLE ROCK — Expect to soon see green at the State Capitol. Nearly 500 Arkansas 4-H
members, agents and volunteers will be in Little Rock on Feb. 28 for 4-H Day at the
Capitol – all wearing their signature 4-H green.
Ark-La-Tex feral hog damage assessment provides deeper understanding
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Managing feral swine — the land-damaging, disease-carrying wild
hogs that roam throughout the country — starts with good data, according to Nana Tian,
a forest economics researcher for the Arkansas Forest Resources Center.
Ranchers get full day of production advice at Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. — You can’t judge a bale of hay by its cover, but you can use
a Cowculator to help make better decisions.
Think green, give green: March 17 is a day to help Arkansas 4-H
FERNDALE, Ark. — See some green. Give some green.
Mitchell: We haven’t reached the bottom yet in U.S. cattle inventories
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. — The decline in the cattle inventory in the United States probably
hasn’t hit the bottom yet, said James Mitchell, extension livestock economist for
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Congress urged to strengthen price, revenue supports, crop insurance programs at Farm
Bill listening session
MONTICELLO, Ark. — Farmers urged Congress strengthen price and revenue support programs,
take a new look at crop insurance and streamline the way for migrant labor during
a Farm Bill listening session held Tuesday at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Shipman: Delayed budget could influence development of 2023 Farm Bill
UNDATED — Uncertainty over President Biden’s budget and whether Congress can achieve
true bipartisan agreement are among the challenges facing the 2023 Farm Bill, said
Hunt Shipman, principal and director of Cornerstone Government Affairs.
Scott recognized for distinguished service to rice research, education
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — A national body of rice researchers has awarded the Distinguished
Service Award to Bob Scott, senior associate vice president – extension for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Rhoads named Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University Professor Douglas Rhoads has been named a Fellow of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general
scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.
2023 irrigation schools set for Feb. 24, March 3
STUTTGART, Ark. — Two irrigation schools covering surge valves and soil sensor use
are scheduled for Feb. 24 and March 3, according to Chris Henry, professor and water
management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Kyung Soo Kim, retired Division of Agriculture researcher, dies at 89
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Kyung Soo Kim, a retired professor of plant pathology for the
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural,
Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, died Feb. 8.
‘Homesteading with Independence’ conference planned for March 1
BATESVILLE, Ark. — Homesteading appeals to those who seek self-reliance and self-sufficiency,
so what better place to host a homesteading conference than in Independence County?
New researcher works the intersection of statistics, biology, computer science
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Rich Adams builds new statistical algorithms to make sense of
the biological data from DNA, RNA, proteins and other complexities of biology.
Delay pruning woody ornamental plants damaged by winter temperatures
LITTLE ROCK — Woody ornamental plants that suffered damage from this winter’s single-digit
temperatures and wind chills shouldn’t be pruned until spring growth begins, said
Randy Forst, extension consumer horticulture educator for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture.
Arkansas 4-H youth aim for perfection in BB shooting
LITTLE ROCK — One bullseye might be considered a lucky shot. But 40 perfect shots
is undeniable skill. That’s exactly what Madison County 4-H member Caleb Mahan,15,
did to become the top shot in this year’s Arkansas 4-H BB Shooting Competition.
Discovery Farms Conference conversations center on conservation; bringing new farmers,
funds into the field
FERNDALE, Ark. — Farmers must not only conserve the soil and water it has today, but
it must also seed the ground for future farmers and public efforts to strengthen agriculture,
speakers at the Arkansas Discovery Farms Conservation Conference, said on Wednesday.
Arkansas ag researchers seek climate-resilient rice as part of USDA grant
STUTTGART, Ark. — Scientists at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s
Rice Research and Extension Center seek to develop rice that is more resilient in
the face of climate change and usable water depletion.
Crop science M.S. student places second in international yield prediction contest
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Igor Fernandes, a master's degree student in crop, soil and environmental
sciences in the University of Arkansas’ Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food
and Life Sciences, recently placed second in an international prediction contest conducted
by the Genomes to Fields Initiative.
Teaching method increases students’ interest in programming and breadboarding
FAYETTEVILLE — Researchers validated a curriculum development model that increased
the confidence and interest of beginning agricultural students learning how to breadboard
and program Arduino UNOs.
Registration opens Feb. 27 for spring edition of Walk Across Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK — The start of a new year often includes resolutions to develop better
exercise habits and improve physical health. Walk Across Arkansas, an eight-week,
group-based exercise program supported by the Cooperative Extension Service, is designed
to help Arkansans get moving.
Center for Arkansas Farms and Food back in action with public events set in March
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food has several educational and networking events
planned for March following the kickoff of its 2023 Farm School and Apprenticeship
New Arkansas medium-grain rice Taurus in high demand as drought plagues California
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The new conventional medium-grain and long-grain rice varieties
developed by the Arkansas researchers to achieve increased yield potential are proving
popular with seed growers.
Arkansas engineering faculty member recognized for outreach to aid poultry sustainability
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Yi Liang, associate professor of biological and agricultural
engineering, was recognized on Jan. 13 for her outreach efforts to assist the poultry
industry in solving its biggest challenges.
U.S. beef cattle inventory lowest since 1962
LITTLE ROCK — Beef cattle inventories across the United States are at their lowest
point in more than six decades, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Arkansas APEX Accelerator program changes name to APEX Accelerator
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center — part of the Cooperative
Extension Service — is changing its name to Arkansas APEX Accelerator, but its mission
to boost small businesses remains the same.
Feb. 15 webinar focuses on successful estate planning for farm families
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Heir strategies, distribution plans, incorporating trusts, and
more: a lot goes into estate planning. Preparing for the future can present challenges
for farm families, but it can also set families on a path towards success.
Extension book review series spotlights leadership
LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has kicked
off the Leadership Book Review Series, which summarizes key themes and takeaways from
a new book each month – all in the time it takes to eat lunch.
Well Rooted Homesteading Conference offers workshops in living sustainably, self-reliantly
ASHDOWN, Ark. — The Little River County Extension Office will host its first Well
Rooted Homesteading Conference, with workshops in everything from chickens to cheesemaking,
designed to help folks learn to live sustainably and self-reliantly.
Janet B. Carson Master Gardener scholarship open to high school seniors
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas high school seniors interested in pursuing a plant sciences
degree may benefit from a scholarship opportunity available through the Arkansas Master
Feb. 28: Learn the art of pruning for specialty crops at Fruit Research Station workshop
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — Fruit and pecan growers who want to sharpen their pruning skills
to enhance growth and yields can learn from the professionals at the Fruit Research
Station during a half-day workshop on Feb. 28.
Winter Forage Conference, focused on surviving drought, rescheduled to Feb 23
EL PASO, Ark. — The Winter Forage Conference, originally planned for Feb. 2, has been
rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23.
How to keep your food safe during a power outage
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Food safety is on the minds of many Arkansans this week, with
over 72,000 customers losing power during the icy weather.
Farm stress in one generation can reach into the future
LITTLE ROCK — Steve Watkins knows that farm stress isn’t just a current problem, but
one that also “reaches into the future” of farm families.
American Society of Animal Science names Arkansas researcher distinguished service
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Beth Kegley, professor of animal science for the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station, has been named recipient of the 2023 Southern Section Animal Science
Distinguished Service Award by the American Society of Animal Science.
Arkansas turfgrass research shows drones adaptable to golf course water, labor issues
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, used by turfgrass
scientists at the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station offer potential solutions
for two of the biggest challenges in turfgrass management.
Ice storm recovery: Assess the damage safely
Cold comfort: Ensuring a newborn calf’s survival during a sleet storm
JUDSONIA, Ark. — Making sure cattle have enough food and water during an ice storm
is hard enough, but being a midwife too adds a whole new layer of challenge.
Feed your need: National Agricultural Law Center launches bi-weekly ag update
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The body of laws, policies and regulations affecting agriculture
is vast and fast-changing, but the National Agricultural Law Center has introduced
The Feed, a biweekly newsletter aimed at keeping industry professionals up to date.