Arkansas Agriculture

August Recess Activities
9:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Senator Boozman Wrapping Up Rural Tour

U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans to bring his weeklong agriculture tour of Arkansas to a close on Friday with stops in three towns.

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Buffalo River
6:34 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Lawsuit Says Hog Farm Lacked Environmental Impact Oversight

Inside C & H Hog Farms near Mount Judea
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday claims two federal agencies failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act when they guaranteed loans to a Hog Farm near the Buffalo River.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

USDA Funds Available For Arkansas Water Monitoring

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than $2.3 million is now available for Arkansas farmers and landowners to monitor edge of field water quality on agricultural lands in watersheds throughout the state.

Funding comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for voluntarily monitoring practices in priority watersheds which have been targeted for funding.

Arkansas State Conservationist Mike Sullivan says the agency is working aggressively to improve the health of the watersheds in the state and the Mississippi River Basin.

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Farmers: More Storms May Damage Arkansas Crops

Heavy rain in Arkansas over the last three weeks has improved drought conditions and provided necessary irrigation for crops in dry pastures.

However, agricultural experts are concerned that if thunderstorms continue fields could become oversaturated. Hank Chaney works with the Faulkner County Extension Service.

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Local & Regional News
5:17 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Sen. Mark Pryor To Speak At Arkansas Rice Expo

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is speaking about the farm bill and other agriculture issues at the Arkansas Rice Expo.

Pryor on Friday was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the expo, which will be held at the Grand Prairie Rice Center in Stuttgart.

Pryor is a Democratic two-term lawmaker who's seeking re-election next year. Pryor chairs the agriculture subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The speech is Pryor's first in Arkansas since The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton planned to challenge the senator next year.

Local & Regional News
8:19 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Arkansas Experts Seek Quick End To China Chicken Ban

Poultry experts hope China will quickly lift restrictions put in place after nine Arkansas chickens were exposed to a strain of avian flu.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture told Arkansas' congressional delegation that China had stopped importing Arkansas chicken parts. Nine birds in Scott County were exposed to a non-pathogenic strain of avian flu during floods in June.

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Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Arkansas Researchers Develop New Non-GMO Soybeans

Soybeans

Arkansas Scientists have developed two new soybean varieties that offer high yields.

Dr. Pengyin Chen, director of the Division of Agriculture's soybean breeding program, says the new soybeans are not genetically modified and can be timed for harvest after farmers have completed harvesting their rice crop.

“[The soybeans] are bred by using conventional classical breeding techniques, know as crossbreeding,” said Chen. “Basically, you cross two non-GMO, or conventional, soybean lines or varieties to develop new lines.”  

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Local & Regional News
3:23 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Arkansas Anti-Hunger Advocates Concerned By Possible Food Stamp Cuts

Officials with hunger relief organizations in Arkansas and across the country have expressed concerns about recent efforts to remove food stamp provisions from federal Farm Bill legislation.

Though the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate passed a bill that included funding for nutrition assistance, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that eliminated monetary support for the food stamp program.

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Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Fri July 19, 2013

At Least 2 Cows Die Due To Blackleg Disease

A drought-related disease known as blackleg is blamed for the deaths of at least two cows in Arkansas.

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture officials say the disease has caused the deaths of cows in Lonoke and Sebastian counties.

Agricultural officials say the bacterial disease typically appears during drought because the dry conditions reduce forage for cattle - and the animals then graze close to the ground and ingest small soil particles that contain the bacteria.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Discuss Farm Bill’s Future

Disagreements over provisions in the federal Farm Bill could negatively impact the agricultural sector in Arkansas, according to U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

Throughout the summer, Pryor says he has heard the concerns of constituents who worry that partisan gridlock will continue to hamper passage of the bill.

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