Monday, October 17, 2016

Beef/Forage Field Day

The Cooperative Extension Service and Southeast Research and Extension Center will be conducting a Beef/Forage Field Day on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Southeast Research and Extension Center located on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus.  Registration is at 4:00 p.m. with the presentations to begin at 5:00 p.m.  The tour will consist of a wide range of topics including Spray Application Technology, Optimum Cow Size, Hay Quality Issues, Cost of Production/Breakeven Price, and Beef Cattle Market Update.  A meal will be provided for all participates.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Bradley County Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting a Private Applicator Training for agricultural producers on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Bradley County Extension Office, located at 100 E. First Street (behind the Courthouse).  Agricultural producers must be certified by training to be eligible for a Restricted Pesticide License in order to purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides.

There is a $10.00 fee for the pesticide applicator training.  You will pay at the door on the night of the training.  The training is approximately three hours long, and producers must attend the entire training to be certified.  If you have any questions, please contact John Gavin at 870-226-8410.  The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your Bradley County Extension Office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Moro Bay to Host Kids Birding Workshop

“Moro Bay State Park is hosting a kids birding workshop this Saturday from 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. Kids will be learning how to identify different birds while we take a boat cruise on the water, build their own birdhouse to take home, and see just how easy it is to make their own birdfeeder from stuff they have at their house! This workshop is geared for kids ages 6 and older with their parents encouraged to attend. The cost for the workshop is $12 per kid and includes the cost of the boat tour and supplies. Please call the park to sign up at 870-463-8555. Space is limited.”

Outdoor Recreation Grants Advisory Committee to meet Oct. 26-28

Oct. 12, 2016 – The Outdoor Recreation Grants Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on October 26, 27, and 28, 2016, in Little Rock and Jacksonville, Arkansas. The committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, in the State Parks Conference Room of the Multi Agency Complex, 1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas. This meeting will allow the Outdoor Recreation Grants Program staff to assist the committee with the review of the Fiscal Year 2017 FUN Park and 50/50 Matching Grant applications for city and county park acquisition and development.

The committee will meet at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, in meeting rooms A and B of the Jacksonville Community Center, located at 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville, Arkansas, for invited 50/50 Matching Grant applicants and on Friday, October 28, at 9 a.m. for invited FUN Park Grant applicants. Times have been scheduled for each applicant to describe the grant request and answer questions the committee might have to assist with the grant award recommendations.

For more information contact John Beneke, Director, Outdoor Recreation Grants Program, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, 1 Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201, 501-682-1301.

Monday, October 10, 2016

UAM To Host Beef/Forage Field Day For Area Cattle Growers October 27

            MONTICELLO, AR — Beef cattle producers will learn about optimum cow size, hay quality issues, cost of production, and an update on the beef cattle market during Beef/Forage Field Day October 27 at the Southeast Research and Extension Center (SEREC) at the University of Arkansas Monticello.            
            Registration begins at 4 p.m. at the SEREC. Booths and displays will be available for viewing at that time with presentations set to begin at 5:00.
            Dr. Jason Cater, assistant professor of animal science, and Greg Montgomery, program technician in animal science, will present information on the optimum size for beef cattle. Other programs will include a presentation by Dr. Paul Beck, professor of animal science at the Hope Research and Extension Center, on issues affecting hay quality; a breakdown of production costs and break-even prices in cattle production by Dr. C. Robert Stark, professor of agriculture economics; and an update on the beef cattle market by Travis Justice, director of commodity and regulatory affairs and chief economist for the Arkansas Farm Bureau.
            For more information, contact Dr. Kelly Bryant, dean of the UAM School of Agriculture and director of the Southeast Research and Extension Center, at (870) 460-1014.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Outdoor Hotline to focus on deer, duck and hog regulations

CONWAY – Keep up with the latest changes to fall hunting seasons with the AGFC’s Outdoor Hotline, airing 7 p.m., Oct. 6 on AETN. The live, call-in program offers hunters the chance to hear the latest changes to hunting regulations and season structures and even call-in with specific questions to a panel of experts.

Much of the program will focus on new regulations in place for Arkansas’s first hunting season since the detection of chronic wasting disease in deer and elk. Keith Stephens, AGFC chief of communications, says the addition of the call-in show hopefully will reach a different audience than those already reached through the agency’s previous radio and television updates, press releases, social media efforts and guidebooks.

“All Arkansans have a stake in the management of CWD,” Stephens said. “We want to offer as many ways as possible to hear the latest details about how the AGFC is monitoring the disease and trying to slow its spread.”

The agency’s waterfowl biologist also will provide a report on duck and goose hunting in the state, as well as trends in wetland habitat conditions across the state. AGFC panelists also will discuss feral pigs, changes in regulations concerning feral pigs on wildlife management areas and methods being used to control them.

Questions may be submitted by phone at 800-662-2386, or you can e-mail them to

Arkansas hunters set alligator record at 64

LITTLE ROCK – The 2016 alligator season ended just before sunrise Sept. 26. As the fog lifted from the waters of south Arkansas on the 10th season of alligator hunting in recent history, a record 64 alligators had been harvested in two weekends of hunting.

According to Mark Barbee, AGFC wildlife biologist at the Monticello Regional Office, the record number doesn’t necessarily mean the population is growing, but has a lot to do with the availability of water during survey periods and the efforts of the hunters.

“We issue the number of permits each year based on surveys done in spring,” Barbee said. “If there’s a lot of water, we can access a lot more areas and our count may go up, allowing us to increase permits. However, higher water levels can also have a negative impact, in that alligators can disperse into new areas we can’t access, so it’s not a sure thing.”

Barbee says this year, 116 permits were available for the drawing, and out of those drawn, 111 hunters attended the mandatory orientations to receive their permit.

“Each year we have 15 or so people who don’t claim their permit or attend the mandatory orientation,” Barbee said. “This year’s participation was much better.”

Barbee says the success rate for participants this year was 58 percent, which is fairly consistent with years past.

“If you were to count the success of hunters encountering a legal gator it would be much higher,” Barbee said. “Many hunters see legal gators during the hunt but pass them up, looking for a larger one. A few get lucky and find them. Some are still looking.”

Although no alligators this season broke the state record of 13 feet, 10 inches, both zones had some gators longer than 12 feet turned in. The largest of the season came from Zone 3 (southeast Arkansas) and measured 12 feet, 10½ inches. The largest from Zone 1 (southwest Arkansas) was 12 feet, 4 inches. Plenty of 10- to 12-footers were shared via the AGFC’s Facebook page.

“We always have a respectable amount of good-size gators checked,” said Barbee. “This year social media was a little more active during the hunt and kept people’s attentions that it was going on.”

The southeast zone was responsible for 42 alligators harvested, while the southwest zone had 22 harvested animals. Barbee says it is not uncommon for the zones to switch back and forth in harvest, and that is largely based on water conditions during spring surveys, which dictates the number of permits in each zone.

Barbee says he’s seen some differences in the way people view alligators in his region since the hunts began.

“Before the hunts became popular, any alligator near someone’s property was considered a nuisance,” Barbee said. “Since then, we’ve had quite a few people report an alligator on their property, but wait until the drawings to see if one of the private-land-at-large permits went to someone they know and let them harvest the gator.”

One highlight from this season was the selection of two AGFC employees during the permit draws – Joseph Williams, a wildlife officer in Ashley County, and Denis Dunderdale, a regional education coordinator in Mountain Home. Only one other AGFC employee has ever drawn a permit for the coveted alligator tags since the hunts began in 2007.

“Everyone in the Monticello office puts in for tags every year and we never get them either,” said Barbee. “It’s a totally random draw, and sometimes that’s just how the squirrel cage rolls.”