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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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Dear Pike County Extension Agent March 10

Q: What should I use to spray my plum tree and when should I do it? A: Home orchards are a very popular addition to many homeowners. Not only do you get to enjoy fresh grown fruits, they also add value to your home. A common call in late spring …

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Hive Building Workshop Saturday March 25

Free Honey Bee Hive-Building Workshop Saturday March 25 Southwest Arkansas Beekeepers is offering a free hive-building workshop Saturday March 25.  The workshop is open to anyone who would like to attend and get hands on experience in building bee hives from a kit.  The workshop will be held at Howard …

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Upcoming Programs at Pike Co CES

Gardening Series at Pike Co Extension Office The Pike County Cooperative Extension Service  will be presenting the last installment of the Gardening Series, Landscape Design and Plant Selection,  on Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 in the CES Office in Murfreesboro. Special guest Robert and Susan Nanneman from Sunshine Acres 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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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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Dear Pike Co Extension Agent- Best Way to Control Fire Ants

2/10/17 Q: What is the best way to control fire ants? A: Even though it seems to be early to be talking about fire ants, but warmer weather is just around the corner. They become active when soil temperatures consistently reach 70 degrees. A good way to test if you …

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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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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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