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News - October 2023


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Oct. 31, 2023

Researchers receive NSF funding to continue building a smarter insect trap

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas System researchers have received funding from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research program to continue development of a smart insect control system.

Oct. 31, 2023

Division of Agriculture works to improve diagnosis of disease affecting turkeys

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Poultry scientists with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station are working to decrease the time and cost to diagnose an emerging disease affecting the turkey industry.

Oct. 27, 2023

THANKSGIVING: Resilient turkey industry rebounds from HPAI, adapts to evolving market

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Here’s one thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: more turkey.

Oct. 26, 2023

HALLOWEEN: The psychology of the ‘safe scare’

LITTLE ROCK — Roller coasters. Scary movies. Bungee jumping. Why do we like the things that scare us?

Oct. 25, 2023

Director of food processing center at the Market Center of the Ozarks named

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Food Innovation Center at the Market Center of the Ozarks has a new director.

Oct. 25, 2023

Veterans’ business summit seeks to nurture relationships, foster success

LITTLE ROCK — The Cooperative Extension Service is inviting military veteran business owners to learn about the many resources available to them at the sixth annual Arkansas Veterans’ Business Summit on Nov. 2.

Oct. 24, 2023

Incoming cold may raise the risk of wildfowl-borne avian influenza for backyard Arkansas poultry flocks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A change in the weather may intensify the fall migration of wildfowl and poultry flock owners will need to redouble their biosecurity efforts to stave off potential infections of a deadly type of bird flu, said Dustan Clark, extension poultry veterinarian for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Oct. 24, 2023

Nov. 8 webinar for specialty crop producers will detail liability under Arkansas Food Freedom Act 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — While food entrepreneurs enjoy the excitement of getting homemade and home-grown food products to customers under the Arkansas Food Freedom Act, they need to remember something equally important: liability.

Oct. 24, 2023

HALLOWEEN: Keep your jack-o’-lantern looking young through Halloween

HARRISBURG, Ark. — A little bit of olive oil can help your jack-o’-lantern keep its youthful countenance through Halloween, says Craig Allen, Poinsett County extension staff chair.

Oct. 23, 2023

Fields lays out vision for Division of Agriculture to members of legislative agriculture committees

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Deacue Fields, head of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, didn’t mince words when he told members of the state House and Senate agriculture committees what his vision was for his organization.

Oct. 23, 2023

Faulkner County 4-H member wins Grand Champion Market Steer at Arkansas State Fair

LITTLE ROCK — Among the busy stalls in the cattle barns at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, two colorful banners hang above one steer with a particularly shiny, fluffy black coat. Jack, a 1,300-pound Simmental steer, was recently crowned Grand Champion Market Steer, the first Arkansas State Fair win for Faulkner County 4-H member Kylie Jo Lasley. 

Oct. 20, 2023

Stone County native Anderson to take Cooperative Extension Service reins in 2024

LITTLE ROCK — An agricultural economist raised in the tiny Stone County community of Timbo is set to become the next director of the Cooperative Extension Service.

Oct. 20, 2023

Adapting row crops to climate change a focus of new Arkansas ag professor

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Meteorologists use models to predict the weather. Elvis Elli uses models to predict how crops might respond to a complex and changing environment.

Oct. 20, 2023

End of an era for Brady club marks new beginnings

LITTLE ROCK — The Brady Extension Homemakers Club made the best of a bittersweet situation. With just six members remaining in their century-old volunteer group, it was time to disband — but not without two more acts of service.

Oct. 19, 2023

Cooperative Extension Service to host Arkansas Business Navigator marketing and hiring events 

LITTLE ROCK — For business owners, it’s important to take advantage of marketing opportunities and to make informed decisions when hiring employees. The Cooperative Extension Service will host two Arkansas Business Navigator events on these topics Oct. 25 and Nov. 7. 

Oct. 19, 2023

Undergraduate researchers featured in 2023 issue of Discovery journal

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — High temperatures and disease are both serious enemies in poultry production. That led recent poultry science graduate Alessandro Rocchi to investigate the link between the two.

Oct. 18, 2023

Researchers, educators at summit share efforts to corral highly pathogenic avian influenza

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — At a two-day summit hosted in one of the nation’s top poultry states, researchers and educators from across the Americas discussed efforts to find ways to manage the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, a disease that has cost the poultry industry millions of birds across five continents.

Oct. 18, 2023

Avian influenza confirmed in Oklahoma; extension recommends biosecurity measures for poultry producers

LITTLE ROCK — Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 has been detected in poultry flocks in eight states over the past few months, most recently in Carter County, Oklahoma, about 300 miles from the Arkansas border.

Oct. 17, 2023

Entomologist studies forest health from the ground up

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Natalie Clay studies the health of forest ecosystems — not only by examining the trees but by inspecting the organisms living below them.

Oct. 17, 2023

Arkansas 1st to take enforcement action on foreign-ownership law as AG tells Chinese-owned company to divest farmland, levies fine

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas became the first in the nation to enforce a state law banning certain foreign entities from owning agricultural land when its attorney general on Tuesday ordered a Chinese-owned company divest itself of farmland in Craighead County.

Oct. 17, 2023

Cooperative Extension Service to offer Experiential Scholars Program internship in Summer 2024 

LITTLE ROCK — For college students, internships provide important hands-on training in their field of study. In 2024, students at Arkansas colleges and universities will have the opportunity to dive deep into three focus areas and work with mentors as part of the Cooperative Extension Service’s new Experiential Scholars Program. 

Oct. 13, 2023

Application window open for summer 2024 County Extension Agent Internship program

LITTLE ROCK — In today’s job market, it’s important for college students to get hands-on training in their field before graduating. For students pursuing degrees in agriculture or family and consumer sciences, the County Extension Agent Internship program offers the chance to explore a career as an extension agent and network with peers and professionals. 

Oct. 11, 2023

Crafting the future: UA System's nanobrewery at the intersection of innovation, research and education

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — There’s something brewing at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Oct. 11, 2023

Extension specialist bringing expanded drone, imaging education to Arkansas agents, growers

LITTLE ROCK — Imagery provided by satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles — commonly known as drones — is already changing the way producers farm their crops. As this technology becomes more prevalent, the Cooperative Extension Service is adapting to ensure that it will be able to provide growers, consultants and other industry professionals with modern tools for success.

Oct. 10, 2023

Agri-Food Innovation Summit puts spotlight on Arkansas agriculture and food entrepreneurship, research

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — National and state leaders in agriculture and food innovation and entrepreneurship will gather Nov. 2-3 for the Arkansas Agri-Food Innovation Summit, a first-of-its-kind event spotlighting the federal funding opportunities that can drive industry transformation.

Oct. 10, 2023

Goats the main attraction at Perry County festival

PERRYVILLE, Ark. — There’s something about a costumed goat that gets a crowd excited. And there was plenty of excitement at the annual Arkansas Goat Festival where goats of many breeds made their way to Perry County on Oct. 9.

Oct. 10, 2023

Dropping temps, additional moisture, longer nights help fall foliage outlook

HOPE, Ark. — The arrival of more fall-like temperatures and the season’s longer nights are expected to encourage an improved autumn color display, says Vic Ford, head of agriculture and natural resources for the Cooperative Extension Service.

Oct. 9, 2023

Division of Agriculture seeking input from sheep and goat producers

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is looking to evaluate the state’s sheep and goat industry in an effort to make improvements. To do so, extension specialists are requesting input from sheep and goat producers across Arkansas.

Oct. 6, 2023

Roofe named head of Family and Consumer Sciences for extension

LITTLE ROCK — Helping people live better has been at the heart of Nina Roofe’s career – as a longtime registered dietitian, as a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition and Family Sciences at the University of Central Arkansas, and now in her new leadership role as assistant vice president of Family and Consumer Sciences for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Oct. 6, 2023

2023 Arkansas net farm income down nearly $1B, but still higher than 2021

UNDATED — Declines in crop and overall livestock receipts and direct government payments add up to a nearly $1 billion decline in Arkansas net farm income for 2023 from the previous year, the Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center said.

Oct. 6, 2023

Keeping online safety top of mind during 20th annual Cybersecurity Awareness month

LITTLE ROCK — From online credit card fraud to corporate information breaches, cybercrime costs individuals and organizations billions of dollars each year, making cybersecurity a necessity in a very connected world.

Oct. 6, 2023

Arkansas agricultural economist seeks answers to sustainability

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An agricultural economist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture was recently named the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Fellow, a two-year program focused on sustainable agriculture efforts nationwide.

Oct. 4, 2023

Effects of ‘forever chemicals’ on agriculture topic of Oct. 18 NALC webinar

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are chemicals once widely used in food packaging, stain repellants for clothing, as well as automotive and aerospace applications. In recent years, PFAS have become better known for presenting an array of regulatory and environmental challenges for agriculture.

Oct. 3, 2023

Division of Agriculture trials aid growers in ‘critical’ wheat variety selection

LITTLE ROCK – In an industry as unpredictable as farming, it’s important for growers to control what variables they can. With wheat production, variety selection can help account for the many unknowns a growing season may bring.

Oct. 3, 2023

Arkansas 4-H clubs celebrate National 4-H Week

LITTLE ROCK — On Oct. 1, the green and white 4-H flag was raised at the U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington, D.C., where it will fly through Oct. 7 to celebrate National 4-H Week. In Arkansas, 4-H members, volunteers, leaders and staff are highlighting the program’s impact on youth in all 75 of the state’s counties.

Oct. 3, 2023

Fusarium wilt confirmed in commercial Arkansas blackberries, growers should be on the lookout

LITTLE ROCK – Fusarium wilt, a soil-dwelling fungal disease known to wipe out susceptible crops in affected areas, has been confirmed for the first time on a commercial blackberry operation in Arkansas.

Oct. 3, 2023

Northwest Arkansas Small Ruminants Field Day set for Oct. 28 in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Small ruminants have practical and profitable uses on the farm. Still, there is a lot to know about sheep and goats to maintain their health and the sustainability of the land they are on.

Oct. 2, 2023

Cooperative Extension Service to host last produce safety training of 2023

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — For commercial growers, keeping their farms free of microbial contamination and reducing foodborne illness is critical to success. To support these efforts, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will host its last produce safety training of the year for fruit and vegetable producers on Oct. 26. 

Oct. 2, 2023

Celebrate National APEX Accelerator Day with in-person, virtual training events

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas APEX Accelerator program, which provides training and technical assistance to help businesses contract with the government, will host three events in October to celebrate National APEX Accelerator Day. 

Oct. 2, 2023

Is compost always feasible? A look at the benefits and risks

LITTLE ROCK – Compost has a reputation for nourishing soils, but large- and small-scale growers should consider its benefits and risks before solely depending on it for key nutrients.