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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are launching a new initiative intended to help farmers cut costs and increase income using underutilized renewable technologies including smaller-scale wind projects. more
LITTLE ROCK — When you’re planning your community garden this year, save space for some soybeans. They’re good for your health and your wallet. more
You may step outside and smell smoke in the air in the coming weeks. The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests will be conducting prescribed burns. Other landowners and land managers will be taking advantage of low-wind days to cleanse the land with fire this time of year as well. more
MONTICELLO — UA—Monticello's Rocky Lindsey has been awarded the Arkansas Veterinarian of the Year for 2023. The presentation was made in Hot Springs at the winter meeting of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association (VMA) in early February. more
What is Dicamba? more
FAYETTEVILLE — A convergent team of researchers and regional industry partners will receive up to $5 million in additional funding for a Phase 2 investment from the NSF Convergence Accelerator to continue development of Cultivate IQ, an AI-driven platform designed to empower smaller farms and strengthen the resiliency of regional food systems, bringing the total federal investment in the UA-led project to nearly $6 million. more
SAN DIEGO — On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new effort to train the next generation of conservation and climate leaders. The Working Lands Climate Corps will provide technical training and career pathway opportunities for young people, helping them deliver economic benefits through climate-smart agriculture solutions for farmers and ranchers across the country, now and in the future. more
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2024 Arkansas Century Farm Program. This program recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. The program is voluntary and there is no cost to apply. more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service has released its annual Farm Sector Income Forecast report for 2024. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement: more
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s third Big Squirrel Challenge drew 139 teams statewide at 12 sites over last weekend, but the biggest of the squirrels seem drawn to Yellville, where the overall winners in every division brought their bags to the AGFC’s Fred Berry Crooked Creek Nature Center and claimed top prize. more
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is partnering with several Arkansas agricultural associations and organizations to host the second Arkansas Grown Conference and Expo on Jan. 25-27, at the Hot Springs Convention Center. more
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s annual youth trap-shooting competitions may be five months away, but its time for coaches to get their teams together and register to be a part of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program today. more
Arkansas State University’s annual Agribusiness Conference, now in its 30th year, continues to provide timely information and agricultural policy education to farmers, agribusiness professionals, students and educators across the Mid-South. more
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture (Department) is accepting applications for the Arkansas Farm to School Institute (Institute) until March 1. The Department’s Farm to School and Early Childhood Education Program will select up to 15 schools to participate in the program for the 2024-2025 school year. more
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host the 2024 Arkansas Big Squirrel Challenge Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. The statewide competition is open to everyone with no fees or registration required. more
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Law Center are facilitating three webinars, held in late 2023 and early 2024, as part of the Plan. Produce. Profit. Webinar participants will learn how to operate under the Arkansas Food Freedom Act for selling homemade food items to the public. Funding for these webinars is provided by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture through the USDA Specialty Crop Producers Program. more
Arkansas Tech University has earned a $500,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation that will be directed to the establishment of the Arkansas Trail Management Institute. more
The Boone County Cattlemen's Association met on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the John Paul Hammerschmidt Center at North Arkansas College. This meeting was sponsored by Worley Tire of Harrison. BCCA President Scott Kernodle welcomed those in attendance and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Dale Crunkleton offered a blessing for the meal. Kernodle recognized December birthdays and anniversaries as well as any guests. We then enjoyed a meal of salad, BBQ beef, rolls, green beans, scalloped potatoes, chocolate cake, cheesecake, tea, and water. more
“No one loves a Christmas tree on March the 25th,” was the punchline to a favorite poem in Shel Silverstein’s book, Where the Sidewalk Ends, but Silverstein may have gotten it wrong in the eyes of crappie anglers. They absolutely love old Christmas trees at the end of March, so long as they’re sitting 10 feet deep in their favorite lake. more
Students in the Arkansas Tech University Fisheries and Wildlife Society donated 421 hours of volunteer service to organizations and causes related to their fields of study during the fall 2023 semester. more
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