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Bradford pear trees have exploded in a flurry of white flowers this week. The pretty (and notoriously foul smelling) trees can be seen blooming along the highways, outside of businesses and in yards throughout the area this time of year. The appearance of their blooms is a sure sign of early spring in Arkansas. While the plentiful flowers are visually stunning, the trees are unwelcome in many ways. more
FAYETTEVILLE — Even the country’s first National River can find itself the unfortunate victim of illegal dumping, especially as it winds its way through some of the most scenic areas of Arkansas. more
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
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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
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