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April 29, 2024

Celebrate Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council Month in May

LITTLE ROCK — As the largest volunteer organization in the state, the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council and its nearly 3,000 members are dedicated to improving their communities and their quality of life. To recognize the organization’s achievements and contributions to the state, celebrate May as Extension Homemakers Month in Arkansas. 

April 29, 2024

New food entrepreneurs focus of May 10 event

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Starting a food or beverage business is a dream for many entrepreneurs but knowing where to begin can be challenging, says Darryl Holliday, executive director for the Arkansas Food Innovation Center at The Market Center of the Ozarks.

April 26, 2024

Quapaw Quarter Association annual tour highlights home of first African American extension workers, Little Rock Nine member Gloria Ray

LITTLE ROCK — For years the home at 2111 Cross Street languished, and with it, the memories of a landmark in Little Rock’s history.

April 26, 2024

Cooperative Extension to co-host pecan tour May 18

SCOTT, Ark. — With only about 7,000 acres of pecans grown across Arkansas, it may not be the state’s most abundant crop — but for those in the know, it’s certainly one of the most beloved.

April 25, 2024

Master Gardener plant sales offer choice picks for home gardeners

LITTLE ROCK — Master Gardener plant sales are happening all around the state, offering home gardeners a wide assortment of annuals, perennials, pollinators, herbs, vegetables and more. A word of advice though: Arrive early.

April 24, 2024

US International Trade Court Judge Vaden to deliver Western Conference keynote

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The National Ag Law Center’s 2nd Annual Western Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference will feature a keynote on agricultural policy from a judge who deals with the matters first-hand.

April 24, 2024

Arkansas students win Soybean Science Challenge awards at seven regional and state science fairs

LITTLE ROCK — Across Arkansas, hundreds of junior and high school students competed in regional science fairs this spring. Fifteen of these students won Soybean Science Challenge awards, provided by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, which seeks to improve the sustainability and profitability of one of the state’s largest crops.

April 23, 2024

AI, machine learning boosts Arkansas animal science research

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Supercomputers and artificial intelligence aren't typically thought to go with animal science, but they are among the tools for a relatively new field of science called bioinformatics that can be used to improve animal health and productivity.

April 19, 2024

Trailblazer, former Arkansas extension director Ivory Lyles dies at 65

LITTLE ROCK — Ivory Lyles, who became the first African-American to head an extension service in a predominately white university system when he was appointed director of the Cooperative Extension Service in Arkansas, has died. He was 65.

April 19, 2024

Saline County 4-H Robotics Club partners with Easterseals Arkansas to construct assistive technology device

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas 4-H members keep their hands and minds busy with a variety of science projects, part of the youth development program’s emphasis on STEM education. One such project found Saline County 4-H SeaCow Robotics Club members putting together a Voice It© assistive technology device at Easterseals in Little Rock.

April 18, 2024

Western Conference: NALC's Rollins to discuss future of pesticide use in the U.S.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Court decisions and policymakers are reshaping pesticide use in the United States, and a recent California proposal, the Sustainable Pest Management Roadmap for California, is designed to phase out certain pesticides altogether.

April 17, 2024

Bird flu detected in cattle in eight states; Arkansas Ag Department restricts transport into state

LITTLE ROCK — As highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, is detected in cattle in a growing number of states, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture has issued an order restricting livestock exhibiting symptoms or testing positive for the virus from entering the state.

April 17, 2024

Claude Kennedy, retired cotton station director, former ASCS regional director, passes away at 82

MARIANNA, Ark.  — The Cotton Research Station at Marianna may bear Lon Mann’s name, but the place belonged to Claude Kennedy.

April 16, 2024

USDA National Appeals Division on the agenda for NALC's 11th Annual Mid-South Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — What happens next when a farmer is denied enrollment or benefits in a U.S. Department of Agriculture program?

April 16, 2024 

Arkansas strawberries arrive early, signaling start of fruit season

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There’s good news for Arkansans looking forward to strawberry season: There’s no more waiting.

April 16, 2024

With avian flu on the rise again, will egg prices follow?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As avian influenza cases rise, will consumers be paying higher prices again for eggs?

April 16, 2024

NE Arkansas races ahead in planting; central, southern Arkansas slowed by rain

STUTTGART, Ark. — About half of Arkansas’ expected 1.45 million acres of rice has been planted, with northeast Arkansas leading the way, said Jarrod Hardke, rice extension agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

April 16, 2024

New parasite affecting Canadian partridges named for Arkansas poultry scientist

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- With a newly discovered poultry pathogen named in his honor, Billy Hargis has a permanent place in the annals of science. And now, the pathogen has a permanent place on Hargis.

April 16, 2024

Arkansas strawberries are ready now

NEWPORT, Ark. — If you love fresh Arkansas strawberries, farmer Bill Landreth has a simple message: Come and get ‘em now!

April 16, 2024

Hotter-than-expected economy deflates chances for interest rate cuts

SALT LAKE CITY — Don’t expect to see the Fed cut interest rates soon.

April 15, 2024

Cooperative Extension Service to offer three produce washing workshops in May

LITTLE ROCK — For small-scale farmers and backyard gardeners interested in improving their fruit and vegetable washing and handling practices, the Cooperative Extension Service will offer three no-cost produce washing workshops in May. These workshops for beginners will cover best practices, types of wash systems and more.

April 15, 2024

Giant apple snail confirmed in Arkansas, look, scout, but don’t touch

LONOKE, Ark. — The giant apple snail, considered a serious pest in rice in other countries, has been confirmed in Arkansas, the nation’s top rice-growing state.

April 12, 2024

Extension faculty to share expertise at Northwest Arkansas Homesteading and Gardening Expo April 18-20

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Many young adults and families are interested in living a sustainable lifestyle — such as growing their own food or raising animals — but don’t know where to start. Barry and Mechel Wall, longtime residents of Northwest Arkansas, said they saw this knowledge gap and decided to organize the Northwest Arkansas Homesteading and Gardening Expo, which will take place April 18-20 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Bentonville. 

April 12, 2024

Veteran agriculture, 4-H agent named Ozark District director

LITTLE ROCK — Longtime Cooperative Extension Service agent Sherry Beaty-Sullivan steps into a new role May 1 as the director of the Ozark District, where she will oversee extension staff and programs in 25 counties in the north-central and northwest areas of Arkansas.

April 12, 2024

Winter may curb red-banded stinkbugs, but not much else

LONOKE, Ark. — January’s arctic blast may have put the brakes on redbanded stinkbugs, but not much else, said Ben Thrash, extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

April 12, 2024

‘Overtreatment’ of treated seed effective in managing water weevils, grape colaspis in rice

LONOKE, Ark. — Arkansas’ rice growers need to be thinking not only about seed treatments, but also “overtreating,” or applying a second treatment to seed previously treated with another product, extension entomologists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said.

April 12, 2024

Mid-South Conference: Updates on ag tax and the Corporate Transparency Act

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When Benjamin Franklin wrote “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” he had no inkling of the unpredictable life of the Corporate Transparency Act.

April 12, 2024

Food scientists are finding ways to preserve food quality and ensure food safety

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Sometimes the processing that makes food safe can compromise flavor and nutrients, but food scientist Jennifer Acuff is looking for a way to make food safe and minimize loss of quality.

April 12, 2024

Arkansas’ Berman elected to board of National APEX Accelerator Alliance

LITTLE ROCK — Melanie Berman, director of the Arkansas APEX Accelerator, has been elected to the board of the NAPEX, National APEX Accelerator Alliance.

April 10, 2024

Farm and ranch estate planning on agenda for NALC's 11th Annual Mid-South Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The average age of farmers continues increasing, according to the latest Census of Agriculture, yet many of those farmers haven’t completed an estate plan.

April 9, 2024

U.S. Senate staff to talk Farm Bill, other federal issues at 2nd Annual Western Ag and Environmental law Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Two agricultural policy veterans will provide inside-the-Beltway insights into the Farm Bill and other issues affecting the western United States during the 2nd Annual Western Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference, June 13-14.

April 8, 2024

USDA-grant supported FRST Project releases new fertilizer prediction tool

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A new fertilizer recommendation tool, developed nationally in collaboration with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, could save farmers millions of dollars annually while reducing excess nutrient losses to the environment.

April 5, 2024 

Extension to host Small Ruminants Conference for River Valley producers

LITTLE ROCK — The River Valley in Arkansas is typically cattle country, but it’s also quite suitable for raising sheep and goats, according to Extension Small Ruminant Specialist Dan Quadros with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

April 5, 2024

New extension forage specialist brings life-long interest to Cooperative Extension Service

LITTLE ROCK — It began, as it sometimes does, with elephants.

April 4, 2024

Bryant High School Students 'Get Real' about personal finance with extension program

BRYANT, Ark. — Balancing a checkbook is a critical life skill, one that young people can benefit from learning before they fly the nest. To help meet this need, the Cooperative Extension Service’s “Get Real, Here’s the Deal” personal finance simulation walks 8th-12th grade students through interactive stations where they navigate buying a house, opening a bank account, securing childcare and more.

April 3, 2024

Value-added products focus of ‘Plan. Produce. Profit!’ workshop May 6

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A farmer who can’t sell imperfect tomatoes at the market may turn them into a value-added product, like spaghetti sauce, ratatouille, or salsa. With a little imagination, the same option is available for any number of agricultural products, such as spent brewer’s grain for dog treats, or hemp seed for lotions and soaps.

April 3, 2024

NALC's April 17 webinar navigates the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The highly perishable nature of produce makes the business of buying and selling unlike that in any other industry. The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, or PACA, was established in 1930 to protect those involved in transactions regarding produce.

April 2, 2024

Arkansas net farm income decline projected to continue in 2024

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ 2024 net farm income is expected to fall $0.5 billion from 2023 levels, according to a report Tuesday from the Rural & Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center.

April 2, 2024

CDC confirms bird flu in one person; poultry, ruminant experts warn of avian influenza outbreak

LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Monday a human case in Texas of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, commonly known as H5N1 bird flu.

April 2, 2024

Celebrate National Public Health Week April 1-7

LITTLE ROCK — In a world that has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to recognize the impact of public health and the work of public health professionals. During National Public Health Week from April 1-7, celebrate by learning more about the field’s innovative achievements. 

April 1, 2024

Pre-weaned calf deworming study showed improved weight-gain, added value

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A recent Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station study showed deworming calves about two months before weaning improved weight gain and added value for producers.