Arkansas Agriculture http://ualrpublicradio.org en Federal Disaster Declarations Made For 10 Arkansas Counties http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/federal-disaster-declarations-made-10-arkansas-counties <p>U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29.</p><p>Vilsack issued disaster declarations Wednesday in response to flood conditions in Cross, Independence, Jackson, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, St. Francis, White and Woodruff counties.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:05:34 +0000 Associated Press 27028 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Some Farmers Replanting After Flooding, But A Gamble At This Stage http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/some-farmers-replanting-after-flooding-gamble-stage <p></p><p>Arkansas farmers are working to salvage the current growing season, but losses in some areas are expected to be huge.</p><p>"I've seen estimates as high as over $200 million just on soybeans," said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun.&nbsp; Corn and rice were also hard hit when 10 inches of rain fell in east Arkansas on June 29.&nbsp; Repeated rainfall since has further complicated recovery efforts.</p><p>Calhoun says many growers are replanting, but that it's risky at this point.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:27:29 +0000 Michael Hibblen 26497 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Some Farmers Replanting After Flooding, But A Gamble At This Stage Heavy Rains Flood East Arkansas Crop Lands Already Struggling http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/heavy-rains-flood-east-arkansas-crop-lands-already-struggling <p>Heavy weekend rains left many farmers in east Arkansas with flooded fields, and the water is so deep in places the ground won't dry out soon enough for them to replant.</p><p>A little more than 10 inches of rain fell in parts of the eastern half of the state, where farmers were still assessing damage Monday.</p><p>The National Weather Service issued flood warnings along the Cache River near Patterson, the White River near Augusta and on the L'Anguille River at Palestine.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:46:50 +0000 Associated Press 25710 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Soybean Growers Beset By Pesky Weevil http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-soybean-growers-beset-pesky-weevil <div><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Arkansas soybean growers are facing a challenge from a pest that's new to the state -- the pea&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">weevil.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said Wednesday that the weevil appears to have come from Europe and found its way to Phillips County in eastern Arkansas.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:07:52 +0000 Associated Press 24310 at http://ualrpublicradio.org US Officials To Tour Agriculture Sites In Eastern Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/us-officials-tour-agriculture-sites-eastern-arkansas <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Federal officials plan to tour several projects in eastern Arkansas that are reducing water and nutrient pollution in the Mississippi Delta.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:56:18 +0000 Associated Press 23503 at http://ualrpublicradio.org After Heavy Rains, Frigid Air In Store For Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/after-heavy-rains-frigid-air-store-arkansas <p>After enduring a battering of torrential rains over the weekend, Arkansans may now have to bundle up as a cold front moves through the state bringing the likelihood of freezing weather Monday night. The state rarely feels temperatures drop below freezing in mid-April, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Tabitha Clark, who says a cold front moving in from Canada is causing the mercury in the thermometer to drop.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:56:09 +0000 Chris Hickey 21787 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Fruit Trees, Row Crops May Be Affected By Recent Weather http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/fruit-trees-row-crops-may-be-affected-recent-weather <p>Up and down temperatures across Arkansas may affect Arkansas fruit trees and a wet spring could delay planting of row crops in the state.</p><p>Benton County extension agent Neal Mays says northwest Arkansas went through "brutal" temperatures recently with several nights of temperatures at or below zero. Mays says it will soon be known just how much damage was done to fruit crops and said he expects at least some fruit buds were killed.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:49:40 +0000 Associated Press 21426 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Business, Farm & Faith Leaders Call For Immigration Reform http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-business-farm-faith-leaders-call-immigration-reform <p>Leaders from Arkansas’s business, agriculture and faith communities are responding to <a href="http://www.speaker.gov/sites/speaker.house.gov/files/Immigration-Standards.pdf" target="_blank">U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s proposal</a> for an incremental approach to immigration reform with renewed calls to pass some meaningful legislation. Representatives from the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and the Arkansas Farm Bureau spoke in a conference call with reporters</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 22:00:35 +0000 Chris Hickey 18434 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Boozman: Farm Bill Efforts Moving Forward http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/boozman-farm-bill-efforts-moving-forward <p>Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says efforts are underway to finalize provisions in the federal farm bill. A group of congressmen and senators are expected to meet Thursday to approve additional changes to the conference report.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“As you start putting ideas in the form of legal language, it takes time. Those ideas then have to be scored by the Office of Management and Budget. Hopefully we will get this thing wrapped up soon,” said </span>Boozman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:43:10 +0000 Malcolm Glover 17178 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Boozman: Farm Bill Efforts Moving Forward Arkansas Farmers Meet To Discuss Planting Season http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-farmers-meet-discuss-planting-season <p>Some corn and sorghum producers in Arkansas are deeply concerned about how changing weather patterns could impact crop yields.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday and Thursday, farmers are expected to meet with other agricultural officials in Jonesboro and Dumas to review water regulations, discuss crop insurance, and get an early assessment of how growers can market their goods in 2014.</span></p><p>Jason Kelley is an extension wheat and feed grains specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:48:50 +0000 Malcolm Glover 17065 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Farmers Meet To Discuss Planting Season