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Foliar Sampling for Fruit Crops

June 25, 2014

It is the time for fruit growers to collect foliar samples for nutrient analysis. Attached is a file with information on how and when to collect for specific fruit crops and the address for where to send the samples.


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Arkansas Fruit and Nut News

June 9, 2014

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

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

April 2, 2014

Arkansas Sustainable Agriculture

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.

FayettevilleStrawberryWorkshop flyer

FayettevilleStrawberryOpen House

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Organic High Tunnel Strawberry Production Workshop

February 28, 2014

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

Organic StrawberryWorkshop flyer

Growing Strawberries on YouTube!

January 31, 2014

Arkansas Sustainable Agriculture

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…

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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 or contact the local USDA/NRCS field service center.

Check it Out – Southern SAWG 2014 Conference Program and Registration!

October 15, 2013

Arkansas Sustainable Agriculture

Conference Program Posted  |  Registration Open!

The 2014 conference program and registration information is now available on the Southern SAWG website. Click here for details.

If sustainability is important to you and your interest is commercial vegetable production, livestock production, specialty crop production, farm to school, urban agriculture, direct marketing, food hubs, farm business management, community food systems, or food and farm policy, then this is the conference for you! You will love the program we have put together for this year’s Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference.

Many of us will never forget our first time we attended the Southern SAWG conference. Feeling the energy and enthusiasm about sustainable agriculture strengthened and empowered each one of us to keep up the good work. Veteran farmer Alison Wiediger is case in point. Back in 1996, she and her husband Paul, packed up the truck and came…

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