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Vultures Becoming a Problem for Cattle Farmers

United States Congressman Rick Crawford is working to help Arkansas cattle farmers who have been dealing with vulture attacks.  He says these birds are not migratory, however cannot be killed unless with a valid permit.  “If your in the cattle business in Arkansas, you are dealing with this.  These birds …

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Watch Garden for Tomato Hornworms

Time to start watching the garden for tomato hornworms. Just one can defoliate a small plant overnight. Learn more by checking out the U of A Extension Service publication FSA6017 – Home Gardening Series: Tomatoes here – https://www.uaex.edu/publications/PDF/FSA-6017.pdf

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Boozman and Cotton Join Colleagues to Push for Market Access for American Poultry

WASHINGTON—Arkansas’s U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton joined a bipartisan effort to encourage the administration to break down unfair trade barriers and improve market access for American poultry farmers, processors and exporters while it renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative …

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Hungry fall armyworms laying early siege to rice and pastures

PERRYVILLE, Ark. – They’re called fall armyworms, but this year, they’re not even waiting for summer to bring their appetites to Arkansas’ lawns, pastures and rice fields.   Monday evening Kevin Lawson, Perry County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, noted hungry little caterpillars …

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Nashville FFA Officer Selections

Nashville High School FFA has announced the officer selections for the 2017-2018 school year. 2017-2018 FFA Officers President: Dillon Billings Vice president: Scotty Clay Treasurer: Bravyn Bell Reporter: Barrett Jackson Secretary: Hannah Barfield Sentinel: Braden Williams Jr Advisor: Caitlynn Leslie

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Dear Pike County Agent- Powdery Mildew

Q: What is this white, fuzzy stuff on my hedges? A: The likely culprit is powdery mildew. As the name implies, it is a white fungus that crumbles like powder. Many times it will creates fuzzy growth patches on leaves and stems. Several plants are susceptible to powdery mildew in …

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Crop Certification Reports Due to FSA by July

The Howard County Farm Service Agency office would like to remind producers that in order to comply with program eligibility requirements, crop certification reports will need to be filed by July 15th for spring-seeded crops such as corn, grain, peanuts, rice or soybeans. Dylan Bowman, County Executive Director, reminds producers …

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Dear Pike County Agent- April 10

Q: Is it too late to spray my fruit trees? A: My kids say that if I say maybe, that means no. So I will say yes and no. Fruit spray schedules should start with the green tip stage for a types of fruit trees. This is the stage right …

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Red imported fire ants active early this year in Arkansas

Fast Facts: Invasive fire ants active earlier with rain, warmer temps Parts of 14 U.S. states, Puerto Rico are under fire ant quarantine. Division of Agriculture and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have been releasing phorid flies to help with the growing fire ant population. Wait until fire ants …

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