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Just the facts ma’am — publication provides cover crop info

Austrian peas

University of Arkansas researchers have published the first fact sheet in a series about using cover crops. The crops, typically grown in the off season or winter, help save water, manage weeds and improve soil. “While cover cropping is not a new concept, crop rotations, management practices and types of crops grown have changed a lot in the last 30 ... Read More »

Nominate an ag leader for the 2019 Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

Louisiana Hall of Distinction

Nominations for inductees into the 2019 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction are being accepted now through Nov. 19. Selected individuals will be recognized during a banquet at L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge on March 7, 2019. The nomination form can be obtained by clicking here or through any parish Louisiana State University AgCenter Extension office.​ A joint effort of the ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter shows off row-rice trials in Rayville

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Farmers heard about the benefits and challenges of growing furrow-irrigated rice at a recent Louisiana State University AgCenter row-rice field day. The event was held at the Elliot Colvin Farm near Rayville, where the LSU AgCenter has one of three research fields in a project funded by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. The other two sites are in Tensas and ... Read More »

University of Arkansas names Nathan Slaton Ag Experiment Station assistant director

Nathan Slaton

Nathan Slaton, head of the Arkansas Soil Testing Lab, has been appointed assistant director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station effective July 1. “I am thrilled about Dr. Slaton’s willingness to become a full-time member of the Agricultural Experiment Station’s administrative team,” Jean-Francois Meullenet, director of the experiment station, said Thursday in announcing the appointment. “Nathan’s experience in production agriculture ... Read More »

Three rice operations among eight Arkansas Farm Families of the Year

Arkansas Farm Family of the Year

Eight family farms, including three rice operations, were named district winners in the 71st annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program. The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner to be announced Dec. 6 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North Little Rock. The winning farm family will represent Arkansas at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt ... Read More »

FDA proposes arsenic standards for rice baby cereals

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The Food and Drug Administration is moving forward with new standards for levels of inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereals. In what the agency calls a draft guidance to the industry, it is proposing a threshold of 100 parts per billion of inorganic arsenic. Read More »