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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the U.S. dairy industry confronts a bird flu outbreak, with cases reported at dozens of farms and the disease spreading to people, the egg industry could serve as an example of how to slow the disease but also shows how difficult it can be to eradicate the virus. more
WASHINGTON DC,—Dr. Aspen Workman, a scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has been honored with the 2023 Arthur S. Flemming Award in Applied Science and Engineering for her contributions to the advancement of safeguarding livestock from endemic diseases and ensuring healthy and economically viable food systems and food security. more
Maintaining natural resources at the local level is paramount to the mission of the conservation district located in every Arkansas county, and some involved officials are concerned the state’s highest-ranking leaders no longer see the value in these groups. more
LITTLE ROCK — Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders has proclaimed June 9-15 as Arkansas Farmers Market Week to highlight the important benefits that farmers markets provide to Arkansas’s agricultural producers, consumers, and communities. more
The Boone County War Memorial Association presented the "2024 Memorial Day Ceremony" at the bandstand at the Boone County Courthouse Courtpark on May 27. more
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. more
Included is some information pertaining to the benefits of aerating the fishpond. One of the main limiting factors to aquatic life is dissolved oxygen. In commercial fish production, supplemental aeration is almost required to sustain large enough crops to keep the farm profitable. more
The Boone County Cattlemen's Association met on May 9 at the John Paul Hammerschmidt Center at North Arkanasas College. This month's meeting was sponsored by Equity Bank in Harrison. BCCA President John Muncy welcomed those in attendance and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Gerald King offered a blessing for the meal. Muncy recognized birthdays and anniversaries. We were treated to a meal of hamburgers and fixins', cowboy beans, coleslaw, condiments, assorted desserts, and water. more
FAYETTEVILLE — 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. more
Thursday’s meeting of the Harrison City Council committees saw discussion of a dangerous and prolific weed pervading the region — hemlock. The city is looking at options for controlling the spread of the plant on city properties, working in consultation with Boone County Conservation District. more
FAYETTEVILLE — 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. more
What is Dicamba? more
LITTLE ROCK — 2024 is gonna get loud. Entomologists say two broods of periodic cicadas will be making a rare simultaneous emergence this spring. The last time this happened in the U.S. was in 1803 and the next one won’t happen for another 221 years. more
FAYETTEVILLE — 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. more
PINE BLUFF — In Arkansas, there are two types of armyworms–true armyworms and fall armyworms. Armyworms are caterpillars, the larval form of moths, according to Dr. David Fernandez, Extension livestock specialist and interim dean of graduate studies for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. more
LITTLE ROCK —  Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council is the largest volunteer organization in the state, with nearly 3,000 members in more than 300 clubs. The organization provides important opportunities for leadership, education and fellowship. more
The Boone County Cattlemen’s Association met on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at the John Paul Hammerschmidt Center on the campus of North Arkansas College. This month’s meeting was sponsored by Midwest Equipment in Harrison. President John Muncy opened the meeting and welcomed members and guests. He led the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by a blessing for the meal given by Dale Crunkelton. more
The Oxford Handbook of Agricultural History, edited by Jeannie Whayne of the U of A Department of History, was recently published. Whayne says that agricultural history has enjoyed a rebirth in recent years, in part because of the way the agricultural enterprise promotes economic and cultural connections in an era that has become ever more globally focused. more
Entries are being accepted for the annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest, sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas. Applicants may be any school, early childhood education facility, or alternative learning environment that had a school garden during the 2023-2024 school year or is planning to start a garden in the 2024-2025 school year. more
LITTLE ROCK — There’s good news for Arkansans looking forward to strawberry season: There’s no more waiting. This year’s strawberries arrived one to two weeks earlier this month, with the season expected to peak in late April or early May. more
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