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May 31, 2024

Arkansas cotton hoping to outrun high thrips populations

LITTLE ROCK – Thrips populations are high in Arkansas cotton and with limited control options available, it’s important growers make the most of each insecticide application and be prepared for reinfestation. 

May 31, 2024

Jewsbury to join Division of Agriculture as new chief HR officer

TULSA, Okla.  — For Evan Jewsbury, his new job as chief human resources officer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is something of a homecoming

May 31, 2024

Precision Crop Management Workshop to focus on technology

NEWPORT, Ark. — Increasingly, one of the best ways to plan and monitor what goes into the soil is to keep one’s eye on the skies.

May 31, 2024

First box of tomatoes delivered to Bradley County Extension Office

WARREN, Ark. — Memorial Day — the traditional start of summer — also marked the start of tomato season in Arkansas.

May 31, 2024

The monarchs are here, so make them feel welcome

BENTON, Ark. — Monarch butterflies are flitting their way around Arkansas and now is a good time to make these highly recognizable, but vulnerable, pollinators feel at home.

May 31, 2024

Mid-South Conference: Panel to discuss Fourth Amendment, warrantless search of private lands

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — You got a warrant?

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” but, what about private agricultural land? According to the open fields doctrine, the Fourth Amendment’s protections would not extend that far.

May 30, 2024

Cooperative Extension Service announces 2024 county agent summer interns

LITTLE ROCK — College students interested in careers as extension agents have the opportunity to experience agriculture, 4-H and family and consumer sciences programming through the Cooperative Extension Service’s 10-week, paid summer internship. 

May 29, 2024

Slow-growth diet before breeding offered better long-range health in pigs 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Borrowing a page from the dairy industry, researchers with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station found that a slow-growth diet meant more piglets and healthier and longer-lived momma pigs. 

May 28, 2024

Chasing the flood: Arkansas rice growers should be on the lookout for rice water weevils

STUTTGART, Ark. — With rice fields across the state going to flood, rice water weevils are making their appearance, and the window of opportunity for control is short.

May 24, 2024

Two Farm Bill proposals boost reference prices

LITTLE ROCK — Despite their differences, the Farm Bill proposals led by U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow both contain some first-in-a-decade updates to critical farm safety net programs.

May 24, 2024

Spoiler alert: Extension offers tips for food safety this summer

LITTLE ROCK — Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of summer and the season of barbecues, campouts and family gatherings. And it’s all fun — until the potato salad goes bad. Whatever is on your family’s summer agenda, don’t let food be the spoiler.

May 24, 2024

Blackberries Field Tour to take place June 12

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. — A highlight of every Arkansas summer is surely the state’s fruit bursting into bloom, and 2024 looks to be no exception. On June 12, blackberry growers are invited to sample some of the sweetest offerings from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture: blackberries from the Fruit Research Station in Clarksville.

May 24, 2024

Rushing joins UA-Monticello College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources as communications director

MONTICELLO, Ark. — Traci Rushing was born to work in agriculture.

May 24, 2024

Western 'checkerboard' lands to be discussed at Western Ag & Environmental Law Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Congressional action in the 1800s divided large swaths of land in the American West into squares of public and private property, creating both a checkerboard pattern and confusion over what’s legal when it comes to land use. 

May 23, 2024

USDA-NIFA grant supports microwave tech to zap weed seeds

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — It's not just for burritos and popcorn. Microwave technology is also being tested as a new tool to destroy weed seeds and decrease herbicide use.

May 23, 2024

SIDEBAR: How weeds build herbicide resistance

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Herbicide-resistant weeds are the most problematic and expensive management issue in row-crop agriculture, according to Nilda Burgos, professor of weed physiology and molecular biology with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

May 22, 2024

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and the Law on Mid-South Conference Agenda

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Artificial intelligence has made the leap from science fiction to everyday use, but what are the ethical ramifications of AI in legal applications?

May 22, 2024

Two UADA staffers earn seven writing awards from APW

LITTLE ROCK — Two University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture staffers, one retired and one current, earned seven awards at the 2024 Arkansas Press Women communications contest.

May 17, 2024

Will dicamba be usable in 2025?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Time is not on dicamba’s side.

May 17, 2024

Alligators a steady presence in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas is known as the “natural state” for a reason, and the abundant wildlife is a major contributor to the reputation. Lions and tigers, not so much. Bears — sure, here and there. But for residents across the state’s southern tier of counties, alligators make more than the occasional appearance.

May 17, 2024

July 9 session aims to sharpen rice disease identification, management skills

STUTTGART, Ark. – Camila Nicolli, extension rice pathologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has one goal for her July 9 training session: to help attendees become the best rice disease identifiers. 

May 15, 2024

Extension to offer two-day remote produce safety training May 29-30

LITTLE ROCK — To help Arkansas fruit and vegetable growers across the state learn practices to reduce the risk of foodborne illness, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will offer a remote, two-day produce safety training workshop via Zoom from May 29-30. 

May 14, 2024

Researchers uncover what makes some chickens more water efficient than others

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In the first scientific report of its kind, researchers in Arkansas showed that chickens bred for water conservation continued to put on weight despite heat stress that would normally slow growth.

May 13, 2024

Nevada Ag Director Goicoechea to kick off Western Conference, moderate panel on state depts of ag 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Every state has an agriculture department, and understanding those departments’ roles as a resource for farmers on regulatory and other issues is something Cort Jensen wants to make very clear.

May 13, 2024

‘Cicadapolcalypse Now’ as emergence begins in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — Maybe you haven’t seen them, with their dark green hard-shell bodies and large red eyes, but you may be hearing the trademark buzzsaw sound of the cicada.

May 13, 2024

Cooperative Extension Service warehouse specialist awarded Quilt of Valor

LITTLE ROCK — Never Forgotten in Arkansas, a group of Saline County quilters with the Quilts of Valor Foundation, recently awarded a Quilt of Valor to Johnny Woodley, warehouse specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service, to honor his decades of military service to Arkansas and the United States.

May 13, 2024

Soil testing time saver predicts key soil health characteristics

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Farmers in a time crunch have a new, speedier option for analyzing the texture and organic matter content of the soil on their fields.

May 10, 2024

Frustrated Fed not likely to cut interest rates in June

LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. economy still hasn’t slowed to the Federal Reserve’s satisfaction, so don’t expect the Fed to cut interest rates at its June meeting, said Ryan Loy, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.  

May 10, 2024

Fact sheet offers risk analysis for poultry contract growers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Last year’s closure of chicken processing plants in North Little Rock and Van Buren sparked a few questions in economist Jada Thompson’s mind.

May 10, 2024

International Avian Influenza and One Health Emerging Issues Summit set for fall 2024

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses adapt to infect a broad range of species, including one recent human case, the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science has expanded the outlook for its second annual international conference. 

May 9, 2024

Cooperative Extension Service to host artificial insemination training course for cattle producers

HOPE, Ark. — Artificial insemination is a powerful tool that cattle producers can use to improve efficiency and profitability in their herds.

May 8, 2024

Groce, West honored by University of Central Arkansas

CONWAY, Ark. — Mary Beth Groce and Joy West took two very different paths to wind up as award-winning family and consumer science agents for the Cooperative Extension Service

May 7, 2024

NALC Attorneys, AcreTrader to Present May 14 Mid-South Early Bird session

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The early bird gets the free continuing legal education during a pre-event session linked to the National Agricultural Law Center’s 11th Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference.

May 6, 2024

Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council to host spring conference May 17 at Jonesboro

LITTLE ROCK — The May 17 Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council Conference at Jonesboro will offer livestock producers updates on forage improvement research and learn about the use of drones in agriculture

May 6, 2024

Water rights, law on agenda for June 13-14 Western Ag and Environmental Law Conference

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Instream water rights and the future of irrigated ag. The Klamath River Basin and the Endangered Species Act. The future of water quality in the West. Legal ethics and state water boards. Each of these issues and more will be on the agenda for the National Agricultural Law Center’s 2nd Annual Western Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference, set for June 13-14 in Reno, Nevada.

May 3, 2024

Major Arkansas row crops seeing rapid planting across state

LITTLE ROCK — You could be forgiven for wondering who fired the starting pistol so early.

May 1, 2024

Johnson County 4-H agent named 2024 Arkansas Ag Woman of the Year

LITTLE ROCK — As an underrepresented group within agriculture, it’s important for women to connect with their industry peers. Jeanie Rowbotham, Johnson County 4-H extension agent with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, was recently named 2024 Arkansas Ag Woman of the Year by Arkansas Women in Agriculture, an organization dedicated to educating and supporting women in the field. 

May 1, 2024

'The Deal with Dicamba' the focus of May 15 NALC webinar 

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — The rollercoaster of changing state and federal policies regarding dicamba has kept producers on their toes in recent years. Earlier this year, a federal court in Arizona called into question the future of over-the-top dicamba use for producers.