Agriculture News

Pesticide Applicator Training Scheduled

Farmers and ranchers who use restricted use pesticides in their production must be licensed by the State Plant Board. To become licensed, agriculture producers must attend training conducted by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. This training must be completed every five years. We will have two training meetings …

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Elk Harvested in Little River County

Arkansas hunters harvested a record 55 elk during the 2016-17 hunting season, according to a report given by Wes Wright, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s elk program coordinator, at last week’s monthly Commission meeting. The record tally represented a 15 percent increase in harvest from the 2015 season and …

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Arkansas State Parks to Launch New Reservation System

Arkansas State Parks is introducing a new reservation system that is packed with a gamut of user friendly improvements. Starting March 2, 2017, Active Network will replace the current reservation system. By weaving simplicity and technology together, Active Network has created a reservation system which allows guests to more precisely …

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Hope to Host Strawberry Production Meeting

Demand for strawberries in the U.S. has risen and fruit experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture want to help growers keep up, including hosting a meeting in Hope. In addition to strawberry production research projects underway to help Arkansas strawberry producers, the Division of Agriculture will …

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New Spring Exhibit at the Capitol

Gathering, Gardening, and Agriculture: 4,000 years of foodways in Arkansas (LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Once, our human forbears ate only what they could kill, trap or gather from the wild.  Over time, though, they learned to “domesticate” both animals and plants, laying the foundations of modern agriculture.  This process appeared …

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Triple Trophy Award available to deer hunters

LITTLE ROCK – Deer season may be winding down, but there’s still a reward for those lucky and skilled enough to hit the trifecta of deer hunting. Applications for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Triple Trophy Award may be submitted online by April 10, 2017. Hunters who qualify for …

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Boozman, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Access to Voluntary Farm Conservation Programs

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced the Improving Access to Farm Conservation Act, bipartisan legislation to improve access to voluntary farm conservation programs administered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides …

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Winter feeding program proving a success for cattle producers

By Ryan McGeeney U of A System Division of Agriculture Feb. 10, 2017 Fast Facts: Program designed to lower winter feeding costs for producers With about 23,000 beef cattle operations in Arkansas, savings could be in the tens of millions statewide, if adopted VAN BUREN COUNTY, Ark. — For years, …

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Walk Across Arkansas

The Spring Walk Across Arkansas will kick off on Sunday, February 26 through April 22. This 8 week program is designed to encourage people to get out and exercise!  Participants count the minutes they spend exercising, whether it is walking, playing basketball, baseball, softball or just playing in the yard …

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Biosecurity and Poultry Diseases March 7-8

Information about the upcoming Poultry Biosecurity Program. Please note, attending one of these trainings is mandatory if you plan on raising poultry chain chickens. They are offering this event in conjunction with Pike County, the reason for having two events and locations. Please pre-register.

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UAEX Pike County to offer Home Gardening Series in March

Have these warm days gotten you in the gardening mode? Winter isn’t over yet, but the Pike County Extension Service office has just the thing to help you get ready.  The Home Gardening Series is scheduled for Thursdays in March. Come learn about soils and nutrition, lawns and weed control, …

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Southwest Arkansas Beekeepers Meet Feb 13

Southwest Arkansas Beekeepers will be holding its monthly meeting Monday, February 13.  The program at this month’s meeting will be presented by a special guest, Richard Coy, of Coy’s Honey Farm, the largest honey producer in Arkansas!  Coy’s Honey Farm has been in the beekeeping business since 1969, has 12,000 …

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Arkansas Century Farm Program Seeking Farms Over 100 Years Old

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting applications for 2017 Arkansas Century Farm Inductees until May 31. Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Tree farmers are now included in those who can qualify in the program honoring the state’s agricultural heritage. Since …

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