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Southern SARE is looking for Administrative Council Nominations for Producer and NGO

September 1, 2015

Here are details for the Producer and NGO positions, respectively.  Nominations are due by Nov 15, 2015 to Southern SARE.

E-mail nominations to: John Mayne, Ph.D., SSARE Assistant Director, jmayne@uga.edu, to be considered.

Arkansas Fruit and Nut News

June 9, 2014

Commercial Fruit and Nuts

Here is the latest Arkansas Fruit and Nut News from Dr. Donn Johnson. In it you will find a wealth of timely information on the following topics:

Recommended Pesticides
Upcoming Events
Pecan nut casebearer
Fruit pests including Japanese beetle, plum curculio, codling moth and oriental fruit moth
Spotted wing drosophila – impact survey, prediction map, SWD links
Grape berry moth
Rednecked cane borer

Click on the link to view AR_News_30_May_2014

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Two Events Coming in April: Strawberry Production Workshop and Field Day and Strawberry Production Open House

April 2, 2014

Interested in growing strawberries commercially or kicking your current production up a notch? Here is a Strawberry Production Workshop and Field Day (Registration Required) and a Strawberry Production Open House (No Registration) for you! The open house follows the workshop and field day. Attend just one event or attend both.

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Organic High Tunnel Strawberry Production Workshop

February 28, 2014

Interested in growing high tunnel strawberries organically? Here’s an upcoming workshop for you! Click on the image to enlarge.

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Growing Strawberries on YouTube!

January 31, 2014

It is hard to believe but today, Arkansas’ strawberry production is down to less than 1% of what it was during the Great Depression, and accounts for only a small fraction of the current national acreage.  For the past three years Dr. Elena Garcia and her group at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville have been working to revitalize strawberry production in Arkansas and the surrounding region and change this grim statistic.  Garcia’s group is studying production methods to extend the strawberry harvest season and produce local, high quality berrStrawberry-Flower-Fairy-Vintage-Printies using plasticulture under high tunnels.  The system appears promising for this region and during 2011 – 2012, the highest production season of the study, Garcia’s group harvested up to 2.25 pounds per plant (compared to 1.0 – 1.5 pounds per plant field production) from late fall through winter and into spring from the high tunnel plasticulture production system.  Every year is different though; this season with its frigid temperatures, is shaping up to be a much lower production year.

With funding from the U of A Division of Agriculture Research and Extension and the Walmart Foundation the project is expanding to include demonstration high tunnels, low tunnels, and field plots along with more methods of disseminating the information including a YouTube channel!  YouTube videos are available now for viewing and the list of videos will grow as the season progresses.  Among the videos now available are how to handle strawberry plugs once they are received at the farm, fertigation and irrigation for high tunnels, planting strawberry plugs in high tunnels, and laying commercial strawberry beds.

With strawberry production down to a fraction of what it was in the 1930’s, the Arkansas strawberry market is ripe for revitalization.  Extended season production using protected culture systems such as high tunnels could be the answer.  Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/user/revitalizingstrawber and visit the site often for more YouTube videos as they are posted over the following months.

Don’t Miss It – Cost Share Assistance Application Deadline February 21, 2014

January 24, 2014

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications through February 21 from Farmers and landowners in Arkansas for cost-share assistance to implement conservation activities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program’s (EQIP) Organic, Ag Energy and High Tunnel Initiatives for the 2014 program year. Applicants can sign up at their local U.S. Department of Agriculture NRCS field service center.

Individuals and other entities engaged in livestock and/or crop production are eligible to participate. Eligible land includes cropland, pasture, private non-industrial forest land, and other farm and ranch lands.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in Arkansas is specifically designed to address the resource concerns of water quality issues related to animal manure management and sediment, improved management of irrigation water and reduction in ground water use, reduction of erosion, and improvement of wildlife habitat. All applications will be evaluated for funding based on a state developed procedure to optimize environmental benefits. Applications ranking highest in a funding category will be funded subject to availability.

For more information, visit www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov or contact the local USDA/NRCS field service center.

Coming in February – The Missouri Organic Association 2014 Conference

December 11, 2013

The Missouri Organic Association invites everyone to attend the 2014 Annual Conference on February 6-8 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Springfield, MO.  With over 50 educational sessions and hands-on workshops, the MOA Annual Conference has lots to offer.  Expect subjects ranging from soil enrichment to how to market your farm successfully and special events like the MOA Expo and the MOA Benefit Auction.  This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with other farmers and gardeners who support organic and sustainable agriculture.  Click here for more conference information and to register.

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