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Jan. 31, 2024

Feb. 14 webinar to discuss creating, safely processing value-added food products in Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Food entrepreneurs know that consumers appreciate the “magic” that turns fresh-picked strawberries into a biscuit-worthy jam, but they also know that following the rules for safe food processing is a must for creating value-added products.

Jan. 30, 2024

Geospatial AI provides new avenue for forest health research

MONTICELLO, Ark. — While an emerging fungal disease continues to chip away at the forestry industry in the southern United States, remote sensing researcher Hamdi Zurqani is developing artificial intelligence models to seek answers from the skies.

Jan. 29, 2024

Looper honored by American Society of Animal Science

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —  A life spent raising cattle and helping others in the industry through research and education has earned Mike Looper a Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Animal Science.

Jan. 29, 2024

Division of Agriculture seeks stakeholder input for strategic plan

LITTLE ROCK —  The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is asking for public input as it develops a new strategic plan for its extension and research activities.

Jan. 29, 2024

Wide-ranging Corporate Transparency Act flies under the radar for many business owners

LITTLE ROCK — Many farms and small businesses that must comply with the Corporate Transparency Act seem to be unaware of its existence and its requirements, according to attorneys for the National Agricultural Law Center.

Jan. 26, 2024

Four Division of Agriculture faculty earn honors from Weed Science Society of America

SAN ANTONIO — Four faculty from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, have been honored by their colleagues through the Weed Science Society of America.

Jan. 26, 2024

Global Center for K-Food promotes Korean cuisine research, culture and outreach

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Feb. 9 will see a celebration of Korean-American relations as the new Global Center for K-Food hosts an inaugural event to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Jan. 26, 2024

Poultry scientists develop 3D anatomy tech to learn more about chicken vision

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Poultry scientists with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station are unraveling the complexities of bird brains and finding less expensive ways to do it.

Jan 26, 2024

Rare dual brood emergence of cicadas coming this spring

LITTLE ROCK — 2024 is gonna get loud.

Jan. 26, 2024

Congress mulls bills meant to help ranchers defend calves from vultures

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Congress is mulling a pair of bills aimed at helping livestock producers protect their calves, kids and lambs from predatory vultures. 

Jan 26, 2024

SIDEBAR: Big hats and the birth of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Was fashion the driver behind the Migratory Bird Treaty Act? 

Jan. 26, 2024

Respected researcher, teacher Savin named horticulture department head

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —  A research-for-undergraduates experience “in the middle of nowhere” helped set Mary Savin on a path to becoming the next head of the horticulture department at the University of Arkansas.

Jan 26, 2025

Fields named to Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Board

MORRILTON, Ark. —  Deacue Fields, head of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has accepted an appointment to the board of the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

Jan. 25, 2024 

UA System Division of Agriculture organizes community water drive to help Helena-West Helena residents

LITTLE ROCK — Extension family and consumer sciences personnel with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are collecting drinking water and hygiene supplies for residents of Helena-West Helena where some families have been without water for a week. 

Jan. 23, 2024

Cooperative Extension Service’s Best Care program offers professional development for Arkansas childcare providers

LITTLE ROCK — For Arkansas childcare professionals seeking continuing education hours, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Best Care program will provide 28 in-person professional development training sessions throughout the state in 2024.

Jan. 19, 2024

Students in new brewing class and certificate program unveil crafted beers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — University of Arkansas students in multiple disciplines presented beers they crafted in a new brewing course last fall, some using ingredients grown or developed by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

Jan. 19, 2024

Arkansas extension brings new book for beginning beekeepers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —  The Cooperative Extension Service is introducing a new resource that targets beginning beekeepers, said Jon Zawislak, extension assistant professor in apiculture and urban entomology.

Jan. 17, 2024

Division of Agriculture names Rushing as first extension forestry instructor

MONTICELLO, Ark. — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has named Jaret Rushing, a 16-year veteran of the Division’s Cooperative Extension Service, as its first extension forestry instructor.

Jan. 12, 2024

Arkansas 4-H Foundation creates Bragg Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

LITTLE ROCK — A member of University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture family and her family who died suddenly in December will be memorialized by the Arkansas 4-H Foundation.

Jan. 12, 2024

 Four State Ag Expo set for Feb. 8

TEXARKANA, Ark. – Growers and producers from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma will find the latest research-based information on row crops, livestock and forages, forestry, horticulture, integrated pest management, pollinators, mushrooms and more at the Four States Ag Expo on Feb. 8.

Jan. 12, 2024

Division of Agriculture, Bumpers College recognize faculty, staff achievements

FERNDALE, Ark. — The extension, research and teaching achievements of faculty and staff within the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences were recognized Friday at the annual Agriculture Awards ceremony.

Jan. 12, 2024

SIDEBAR: Division of Agriculture recognizes patents by faculty

FERNDALE, Ark. — Innovative faculty and their patented creations were recognized Friday during the annual Agriculture Awards ceremony held by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Jan. 11, 2024

International experiences aid new Division of Agriculture food scientist, engineer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Food scientist and food processing engineer Sun Ferreira’s diverse background and international experiences will aid him in all three areas of the land-grant mission: research, extension and teaching.

Jan. 11, 2024

Division of Agriculture has three inductees in the 2024 class of the Agriculture Hall of Fame

LITTLE ROCK — Three of this year’s inductees to the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame — Fred Bourland, Mark Cochran and Charles Looney — have connections to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Jan. 11, 2024

Jan. 24 ‘Path to Prosperity’ event offers look at resources available to help small businesses grow

LITTLE ROCK —  Owners of small businesses looking to grow their enterprises can learn to gain access to needed capital, understand the role of innovation and technology, and become familiar with the paths to government contracting at the “Path to Prosperity” summit Jan. 24 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Jan. 11, 2024

CAFF 2024 Beginning Farmer classes start Jan. 18

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food will begin its 2024 session of Beginning Farmer classes on Jan. 18 online via Zoom while a series of two-day Small Farm Short Courses will be held in person.

Jan. 11. 2024

Backyard poultry coops prepped for cold still require good ventilation

LITTLE ROCK — Backyard chicken flock owners preparing for the wave of extreme cold need to be sure their coops are not only warm, but also well-ventilated, said extension poultry experts for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Jan. 10, 2024

Arctic air means extra care for pets

HARRISBURG, Ark. — When arctic air arrives, pets need extra care, said Craig Allen, Poinsett County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Jan. 8, 2024

Cooperative Extension Service's Grow Your Own Groceries series continues in 2024

LITTLE ROCK — For people interested in learning to grow healthy, nutritious food at home, the Cooperative Extension Service’s Grow Your Own Groceries webinar series offers monthly Zoom presentations on Arkansas-friendly crops for gardeners of all skill levels.

Jan. 5, 2024

Warm weather prompts early undercover strawberries, but winter’s cold looms

NEWPORT, Ark. — Strawberries, which are typically ready closer to Mother’s Day, have been found growing and ripening before Christmas in Jackson County.

Jan. 5, 2024

Extension hosts meeting for Southwest Arkansas watermelon growers

HOPE, Ark. — Specialists with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will discuss topics geared toward small-acreage watermelon producers at a growers meeting from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Hempstead County Extension Office, 1800 E. Third St. in Hope.  

Jan. 4, 2024

Cooperative Extension Service to offer four produce safety grower trainings in 2024

LITTLE ROCK — For commercial growers, it’s critical to keep farms free of microbial contamination and reduce foodborne illness. To support Arkansas growers, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will offer four in-person and virtual produce safety trainings in 2024.

Jan. 4, 2024

NALC webinar will discuss legal issues involved in Rail-to-Trail conversions

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Since the establishment of the National Trails System Act in 1968, current usage of railroad rights-of-way has been transformed by the federal law enabling rail-to-trail conversion including railbanking and interim trail use.

Jan. 3, 2024

Hope, Don Bragg remembered for their love of science, learning

LITTLE ROCK — Now silent, Don Bragg’s office speaks volumes. The awards on the walls attest to his professional excellence as a forester and researcher, but it’s the crayon drawings that show where his heart was.