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March 31, 2023

Women's History Month: Division of Agriculture celebrates women in leadership

LITTLE ROCK — As part of Women’s History Month, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is highlighting women making an impact in research, youth development, public policy and family and consumer sciences in the state. 

March 31, 2023

Congressional Review Act not the end of the road for WOTUS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Congressional Review Act aimed at overturning the Environmental Protection’s latest definition of waters of the United States is a novel tactic that may spawn some “interesting implications,” said Brigit Rollins, staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center. 

March 29, 2023

Master Gardener plant sales offer wide selection for green thumbs

LITTLE ROCK — For gardeners of all skill levels and ages, Master Gardener plant sales offer a wide variety of plants for purchase. 

March 29, 2023

New Jackson County Extension Center to focus on farmers

NEWPORT, Ark. — The Jackson County Extension Center, the newest facility dedicated to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission of public education, was designed to put farmers first.

March 28, 2023

April 5 webinar to focus on National Ag Law Center’s partner and outreach expansion efforts

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An April 5 webinar will be all about the future for a one-of-a-kind institution that has served public, private, legal and other agricultural and food industry professionals for nearly 40 years.

March 22, 2023

Texas federal court grants WOTUS injunction for two states; two more requests pending

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A federal court has halted implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule defining waters of the United States, and two more injunction requests are pending in cases involving 25 states, including Arkansas, said Brigit Rollins, National Agricultural Law Center staff attorney.

March 21, 2023

NALC, AALA 'Growing Careers' webinar will feature career, professional advice for law students

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When it comes to giving career advice, Ebony Woodruff, APLC — legislator, consul, Master Gardener and the speaker for the March 29 “Growing Careers” webinar for law students — has a lot to offer.

March 20, 2023

Arkansas native elected next president of Southern Agricultural Economics Association

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Starting next year, John Anderson will be in a position to provide strategic guidance to the Southern Agriculture Economics Association, an organization he says has helped shape him professionally for more than two decades.

March 20, 2023

Save money and avoid food waste during No Waste Week

LITTLE ROCK — Throwing out wasted food can quickly add up, both in the garbage can and the wallet. During No Waste Week from March 20-24, save money and cut down on food waste by planning meals, safely storing food and getting creative with leftovers.

March 17, 2023

Red clover extract improved food intake of sheep on toxic tall fescue

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Research conducted by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station using a red clover extract in feed shows promise in offsetting some of the adverse effects of tall fescue toxicosis in livestock, a problem with an estimated $1 billion impact in decreased production.

March 17, 2023

Arkansas field studies show strengths of alternative fertilizer for corn, rice and soybeans

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Struvite, the same substance that makes up kidney stones and irritates sewage plant operators, could be an effective alternative to using a limited supply of mined phosphate for crop fertilizer.

March 16, 2023

Legal challenges may dam WOTUS rule before it flows, NALC attorney says

UNDATED — A pending U.S. Supreme Court decision “is the ticking time bomb” for the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the United States rule, said Brigit Rollins, staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center.

March 16, 2023 

High tunnel workshop offers to cover basics, advanced horticulture production topics

HOPE, Ark. — Arkansans interested in taking their horticultural cultivation skills in a new direction are invited to attend a free workshop covering the basics of high tunnel production.

March 16, 2023

Farm-focused conservation research programs in four states to present updates in March 28 webinar

LITTLE ROCK — For more than a decade, the Discovery Farms program has tested and researched conservation practices on working farms under real-life conditions in Arkansas, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin.

March 16, 2023


CDC study reveals mental health crisis among high school students; tips for parents

LITTLE ROCK — Many of today’s teenagers are facing a mental health crisis. A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2021, 42 percent of high school students experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, including 57 percent of teenage girls.

March 16, 2023


Extension family life specialist says building trust key to helping troubled teens

LITTLE ROCK — Building trust with teens is critical for parents to help children through troubled times, said Brittney Schrick, extension assistant professor and family life specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

March 16, 2023

Overnight freezing poses potential damage to Arkansas fruit

LITTLE ROCK — With the official start to spring less than a week away, winter is throwing one last curveball at fruit growers in Arkansas and the surrounding region.

March 10, 2023

Extension plans soil health workshops for specialty crop growers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Specialists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will lead a four-part workshop series in Northwest Arkansas to help fruit and vegetable growers understand soil health on their farms and how to improve it. 

March 9, 2023

NALC’s Brown: State, federal lawmakers zero in on foreign ownership of U.S. farmland

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When it comes to foreign ownership of agricultural land in the United States, legislatures at both the state and federal levels are asking “how much is too much?”

March 9, 2023

Arkansas to lead $5 million grant-established center to advance robotics in poultry processing

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Researchers in Arkansas and two other states will be using a $5 million grant to increase use of artificial intelligence and robotics in chicken processing to reduce waste in deboning and detect pathogens.

March 9, 2023

Arkansas 4-H teams test robotics skills with submersible robots at SeaPerch Challenge

LITTLE ROCK — For Arkansas 4-H’ers, the SeaPerch Challenge is an opportunity to practice their skills in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — and work as a team to solve problems.

March 8, 2023

Ag communications researchers aim to enhance industry’s connection with consumers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Understanding how food and agriculture blogs are used can help improve how industry communicators talk to consumers, said Jefferson Miller, professor of agricultural communications.

March 7, 2023

Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame inducts new honorees; Three of five inductees have extension connections

LITTLE ROCK — Jessie “J.D.” Vaught of Horatio, Arkansas, a pioneer in contract livestock production in the state, was thrilled to learn a few months ago that he would be inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame. He passed away in late 2022, but not without knowing that he and his life’s work would be celebrated.

March 7, 2023

As rainfall patterns become more extreme, pasture managers will need to become increasingly proactive

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Average temperatures in Arkansas have risen about 0.5 degrees over the past two decades, according to the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies. One result of this has been more extreme patterns of rainfall and drought. Dirk Philipp, associate professor of forage agronomy for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said these changes in rainfall patterns typically have a variety of effects — particularly on agriculture.

March 7, 2023

Poultry science grad students earn awards for research presentations at international meeting

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Poultry vaccine research using a technique similar to allergy testing in humans and a project to discern the digestibility of phosphorus from meat and bone have earned two student scientists recognition at the International Poultry Scientific Forum.

March 3, 2023 

Culinary competition heats up at Mid-South 4-H Food Pantry challenge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Youth from four states met in Memphis, Tennessee, this past weekend for a culinary showdown at the Mid-South 4-H Food Pantry Competition. Their mission: to create a nutritious, delicious and economical entrée using food pantry staples — in less than 45 minutes.

March 3, 2023

UAM college rodeo athlete ropes acting job

MONTICELLO, Ark. — The trophies and first-place belt buckles mark Morgan Harrington as a fierce competitor, but one win she didn’t see coming was beating out 22,000 other hopefuls for a role in “Heart of a Champion,” a movie about barrel racing released last month.

March 3, 2023

National Ag Law Center webinar to explore history, definition of WOTUS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Defining water is one thing. Defining “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, has proven to be a multi-agency, multi-decade struggle.

March 3, 2023

High-tech cameras focused on chicken breast defect detection

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Some research for poultry processing automation is more than meets the eye.

March 2, 2023

Farming opportunity seekers network with farmers March 9 in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — People seeking experience on a working farm will have a chance to meet with farmers at a Center for Arkansas Farms and Food networking event on March 9.

March 2, 2023

Turfgrass foundation presents award of excellence to researcher for graduate-level work

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation presented its 2023 Musser Award of Excellence to horticulture researcher Wendell Hutchens for his graduate-level contributions to the turfgrass industry.

March 1, 2023

Arkansas 4-H members visit Capitol to see government in action

Arkansas lawmakers were seeing green Tuesday when Arkansas 4-H members showed up en masse at the Capitol for a day of learning about the state government and meeting their legislators.

March 1, 2023

Well Rooted Homesteading Conference draws 200-plus farmers, families for workshops on sustainable living

ASHDOWN, Ark. — Hundreds of farmers, growers and home gardeners gathered at Cossatot Community College for the Well Rooted Homesteading Conference, to hear experts lead workshops focused on sustainable living and ask questions about managing their own self-sufficient homestead.