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HOLIDAYS: Protect against COVID-19, flu and RSV during holidays
LITTLE ROCK — As families and friends gather to celebrate the holidays, it’s important
to protect against COVID-19 and the flu by getting updated booster shots for both
illnesses. For older adults and infants, RSV also poses a dangerous health risk.
Study shows limits of ozonated water as sanitizer in raw veggie processing
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ozone can be a powerful and safe sanitizer when infused in water
for food processing. However, in a recent Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
study looking at its use in raw pet food processing, scientists found that ozonated
water sanitation’s effectiveness is variable depending on how it is applied, and on
Division of Agriculture’s 2024 Future of Food fellowship open for application
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The 2024 Future of Food: Opportunities and Careers for Undergraduate
Students session is open for application through Feb. 2.
‘Don’t freak out’ key message for Arkansas growers, gardeners after USDA updates Plant
Hardiness Zone Map
LITTLE ROCK — Plant hardiness zones have shifted in Arkansas, but there’s no cause
for alarm in the Natural State according to Anthony Bowden, extension ornamental horticulture
specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
New recommendations for soybean producers have potential to boost profits
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Soybean producers surveying their fields may see green leaves
and no problems. But an invisible enemy may be concealed in the plants — “hidden hunger.”
HOLIDAYS: State celebrates Turkey Week ahead of holiday; Governor pardons turkey
UA System Board members praise efforts of National Agricultural Law Center
FORT SMITH, Ark. — The director of the National Agricultural Law Center fielded questions
about leases and foreign ownership of farmland in the United States during a presentation
Thursday to the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees.
Southern root-knot nematode in soybean: Risks and control options
LONOKE, Ark. – Although most crop pests attack from above ground, some of the most
damaging threats – nematodes – lurk beneath the soil.
HOLIDAYS: Find time to practice gratitude during holiday rush
LITTLE ROCK — The arrival of the holiday season often brings with it the stress of
busy social calendars, procrastinated shopping and family obligations. Brittney Schrick,
extension associate professor and family life specialist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, said that during this time it’s important to slow
down and practice gratitude.
Be aware of carbon monoxide dangers both in the home and on the hunt
LITTLE ROCK — Hunting safety encompasses many things, including firearms safety, proper
handling of game and a working knowledge of emergency first aid. But as temperatures
drop and fall hunting season enters full swing, Arkansans should also be aware of
a danger that can sometimes accompany modern efforts to stay warm: carbon monoxide
Probiotics research looks to 3D printing to get the good stuff in the gut
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Nutrition and food science researchers at the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station are working to improve the impact probiotics can have on gut health
using 3D food printers.
Childers, Ward named to ‘Most Influential’ list
LITTLE ROCK — Two members of the Arkansas 4-H Foundation board of directors are among
those named as the state’s 250 most influential people by Arkansas Business.
NALC's Rollins: WOTUS legal roller coaster may slow, but it's not stopping
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The term waters of the U.S., or WOTUS, is crucial to understanding which water bodies
are protected by the Clean Water Act, but defining the term has been an ongoing challenge.
That trend doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon, according to Brigit Rollins,
staff attorney for the National Agricultural Law Center.
HOLIDAYS: When it comes to Black Friday shopping, plan ahead to get the best deals
LITTLE ROCK — Black Friday is right around the corner, but many retailers are already
offering “early” or “pre” Black Friday deals leading up to what is considered the
busiest shopping day of the year.
Jail professionals, community organizations hear impacts, share ideas during 2023
Arkansas Jail Resource Day
LITTLE ROCK — For some adults, the end of a jail sentence is the start of a cycle
that leads them right back, but a Sebastian County program that provides support for
adults upon release has proven successful in breaking the cycle of recidivism.
Ryburn family donates 1940s veterans quilt to Cleveland County
RISON, Ark. — A 1940s quilt embroidered with the names of more than 900 Cleveland
County World War II veterans has quietly been passed down through generations of Artie
Ryburn’s family — and now it has once again changed ownership. Its new home is the
Cleveland County courthouse, where it will be permanently displayed.
Arkansas leads $3.57M national effort to improve disease resistance in spinach
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Versatile and dense in nutrients, spinach has become one of the
nation’s most popular leafy greens. Unfortunately, spinach is also well-liked by fungal
enemies on the farm.
Cooperative Extension Service receives $650,000 grant to fund University Center
LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Economic Development Administration recently awarded a $650,000,
five-year grant to the Cooperative Extension Service’s Community, Professional and
Economic Development department to establish and operate a University Center. The
center will serve extension’s mission to strengthen Arkansans and their communities
by connecting them with research-based resources throughout the state.
NALC's Elizabeth Rumley earns award from American Ag Law Association
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — National Agricultural Law Center Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth
Rumley was honored at the American Agricultural Law Association’s 44th Annual Educational
Symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Extension launches new poultry podcast
LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has a new
monthly podcast that will be of interest to commercial poultry producers and industry
professionals in Arkansas.
Déjà vu all over again as Nov. 17 federal budget deadline looms
LITTLE ROCK — The 11th-hour continuing resolution that kept the federal government
open for another 45 days runs out on Nov. 17, providing a déjà vu moment as lawmakers
battle over the budget and employees hope to continue to receive paychecks during
Small ruminants industry workshop identifies challenges, opportunities
LITTLE ROCK — Sheep and goats have been part of farming perhaps as long as there have
been farms. And while they and similar small ruminant animals are but a sliver of
the Arkansas livestock landscape in 2023, they have the long-term potential to grow
into an important supporting role.
NWA Small Ruminants Field Day attracts diverse mix of sheep, goat farmers
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Homesteaders and hobby farmers made up the majority of people
seeking education on raising sheep and goats at the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture’s first Northwest Arkansas Small Ruminants Field Day.
Necropsy offers insights to parasite control in small ruminants
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Parasite control is crucial to the success of small ruminant
production says Eva Wray, parasitologist and post-doctoral research associate with
the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.
Agri-Food Innovation Summit inspires entrepreneurial scientists to make big impacts
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The inaugural Agri-Food Innovation Summit offered entrepreneurial
scientists and inventors inspiration to make “moonshot” impacts on society and insight
on obtaining startup funds.
Panelists say changes needed to harness bio-, ag-tech innovations
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas is poised to harness the latest technological innovations
to solve problems like food insecurity, but that won’t happen without funding and
policy changes, panelists said at the Agri-Food Innovation Summit.
USDA officials shed light on mission, partnerships
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Partnerships with land grant universities and private sector
researchers are critical for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to achieve the goals
of its first-ever science and research strategy, said Deirdra Chester, director of
USDA’s Office of the Chief Scientist.
Izard County 4-H members to present valor quilt project to local veteransMELBOURNE, Ark. — As the nation prepares to honor military veterans for their service
and sacrifices on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, a group of 4-H members in Izard County will
say thank you to their local veterans with a presentation of red, white and blue handmade
Soybean harvest sees record pace, high yield
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas soybean growers are on track to have one of the best — and
fastest — harvests in recent memory.
Arkansas winter production meetings scheduled
LITTLE ROCK — Agronomy and agricultural economics are among the topics on the agenda
for the 2024 winter production meetings in Arkansas for corn, cotton, rice and soybeans.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza found in Madison County
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas’s first 2023 case of highly pathogenic avian flu has
been reported in a commercial broiler-breeder flock in Madison County, federal officials
said on Tuesday.
Division of Agriculture invests in high tunnel research, resources
LITTLE ROCK – Utah native Taunya Ernst is using her multi-state experience with high
tunnels to help Arkansas producers adjust a traditionally cold-climate tool for warmer
areas as the new high tunnel and urban agriculture instructor for the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
NALC’s Rollins to discuss impact of Sackett ruling on WOTUS in next installment of webinar series
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — How redefining a single word in the “waters of the U.S.” rule
might affect agriculture and what states are doing in reaction to the new WOTUS rule
are among the topics being discussed in the next National Agriculture Law Center webinar,
presented by Staff Attorney Brigit Rollins.