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Quail the focus of northwest Arkansas landowner workshop (05/15/2018)
A small group of local landowners interested in restoring quail populations joined Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Quail Forever and the Boone County Natural Resources Conservation Service Thursday evening, May 5, at the Harrison Federal Building for a meeting devoted to bringing back the northern bobwhite. Learn more here.
Local agriculture producer to be named “Woman of the Year” (03/28/2018)
Women fill many roles in agriculture. They are farmers and farm workers, ranchers, agricultural researchers, educators and agri-business people. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there are 22,228 women farmers in Arkansas. A local agriculture producer will be recognized in DeWitt as “Woman of the Year” in agriculture. Learn more here.
ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Quail control work in progress (03/22/2018)
Quail restoration in Arkansas is progressing glacially, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is comfortable that it is on the right path...Arkansas lost most of its bobwhite habitat to modern agricultural practices, residential and commercial development, and a conditioned aversion to prescribed burning. Read more here.
Up-Close Look at Arkansas' Black Bear Population (03/06/2018)
OUACHITA NATIONAL FOREST, Ark. - There are more than five-thousand wild black bears in Arkansas, and biologists are working hard to keep that number steady. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hopes to preserve the population one family of bears at a time. Watch the video and learn more here.
20TH ANNUAL ARKANSAS SOIL AND WATER CONFERENCE IS JAN. 31 (01/24/2018)
This year's event will be Wednesday, Jan. 31, at First National Bank Arena, 217 Olympic Drive, on the A-State campus. Producers from Arkansas and surrounding states are expected to attend. A number of speakers from agricultural agencies and private interests will gather to share their thoughts on the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. Learn more here.
Landowner Interest in Natural Resource Conservation Practices (01/19/2018)
Check out this article from the Mississippi State University Extension Service highlighting (with statistics) some of the challenges of reaching landowners with conservation efforts.
Application Deadline Approaching for NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program (01/09/2018)
The deadline for the FY2018 Wetlands Reserve Easements program with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is quickly approaching. The program helps landowners protect and restore wetlands across the state and in three special project areas. The application deadline for WRE is Jan. 26, 2018. Learn more here.
USDA Invests $33 Million to Improve Water Quality in High-Priority Watersheds (01/08/2018)
In Arkansas, three watersheds are included in the NWQI for FY17 financial assistance. The three watersheds are Cousart Bayou-Little Cypress Bayou, Upper Deep Bayou and Lower Deep Bayou in portions of Jefferson and Lincoln counties. Producers in these watersheds have until Jan. 30, 2017, to apply for funding consideration at their local NRCS office. More than $1.4 million is available in Arkansas. Read the news release.
Arkansas Rice Council Conservation Champion: Marvin Hare Jr. (11/20/2017)
Recognizing early the need for conservation and wise use of farm resources, he became a first proponent of techniques that employed new ideas and technology to produce more grain with fewer inputs. Read more here.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission begins search for new director (11/02/2017)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 1, 2017) - With the recent announcement of current director Jeff Crow stepping down in February, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has begun the process of advertising and recruiting its next leader. Learn more here.
Conservation service announces deadline for the ‘Keeping it in the Family Project’ (06/22/2017)
LITTLE ROCK — The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has allocated $300,000 to assist with the implementation of woodland management practices in seven counties – including Union – in Arkansas. The deadline to apply is July 20. Learn more.
Heir property barriers topic of sustainable forestry workshop (03/28/2017)
Heir Property Barriers will be the main topic at the "Keeping It in the Family" Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention (SFLR) workshop Saturday, April 8 at the Lafayette County High School Cafeteria in Stamps. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. and will end at 1 p.m. Learn more here.
New forest conservation program in north Louisiana and south Arkansas said to benefit both industry and environment (03/06/2017)
A lot of people have to buy in to protect Southern forests: Most of the land is held in small private patches, a few dozen acres here and there that in combination form whole forests.
A new conservation program aims to manage the environment in north Louisiana and southern Arkansas by getting all those landowners pulling in the same direction. Read the article.
NRCS Accepting Applications through March 1, 2017, for 2 Regional Conservation Partnership Program Projects in Arkansas (02/14/2017)
Farmers and landowners in five Arkansas counties have until March 1, 2017, to submit applications to receive financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement conservation practices in two Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects. Applicants can sign up at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service field service center.
New Program Rewards Arkansas Landowners for Improving Quail Habitat (01/06/2017)
In Arkansas, bobwhite quail may soon be primed for recovery thanks to a new habitat-improvement program.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer more than $600,000 to landowners in 20 counties for improving bobwhite quail habitat. These funds will be provided through the Working Lands for Wildlife program, an NRCS initiative designed to help landowners improve habitat for at-risk species. Read the article.
Meters Project to Help Gauge Farms' Water Use (01/04/2017)
The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service are getting ready to start a new cost-sharing program with some of the state's farmers to better measure how much water is used on fields. Learn more here.
USDA Preps $20 Million for Arkansas Wetlands Restoration Program (12/08/2016)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is making $20 million available to Arkansas landowners to restore wetlands. The program to limit future development is voluntary and funded by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more.
NRCS to Expand Targeted Conservation Effort for Wildlife on Agricultural Lands (12/02/2016)
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding 11 new projects to Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the agency’s targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and working forests.
Southern Agricultural Cover Crops Workshop (11/21/2016)
Farmers across Arkansas and from across the country are invited to the Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management Conference December 13 - 14 being held at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark. For more information or to register for the Southern Agricultural Cover Crops, Soil Health and Water Management Conference, contact Debbie Moreland, AACD program administrator, at (501) 682-2915.
Learn About the Wildlife Benefits in Managed Forests (09/01/2016)
If you are a forester, private landowner, or state/federal agency habitat manager, then you will want to learn the results of a project assessing "Desired Ecological States Provided by Open Pine in Managed Forests," sponsored by the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Why? Because existing data was incorporated into HabPlan harvest scheduling software to simulate a variety of management options across 50 years. The results identify options for providing open pine wildlife habitat conditions in managed forests across the region as well as biodiversity responses to those management options. The Society of American Foresters has pre-approved this webinar for one Continuing Forestry Education credit hour.
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Push on to Restore Shortleaf Pine Forests in State (08/22/2016)
Shortleaf pine numbers are shrinking in the southeastern United States, but Arkansas and other states are working to restore the durable and long-living trees in the region's forests. Learn more here.
Walmart Foundation Gives Rice Program $1M (08/05/2016)
The Walmart Foundation has given $1 million to a partnership led by Ducks Unlimited and USA Rice to help rice producers "increase sustainability and profitability," the waterfowl conservation nonprofit announced Aug. 5, 2016.
Read more here.
USDA Announces $49 Million Public-Private Investment to Improve Critical Wetlands in 12 States (07/07/2016)
Through its Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), the USDA is awarding $44.6 million to support 10 wetland enhancement projects on private and tribal agricultural lands in 12 States. The WREP is a special option under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Read the press release.
New Study Quantifies Benefits of Agricultural Conservation in Upper Mississippi River Basin (06/23/2016)
Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have published a new study that demonstrates that agricultural conservation practices in the upper Mississippi River watershed can reduce nitrogen inputs to area streams and rivers by as much as 34 percent.
Wildlife Habitat Restoration on Private Lands Conference will be held May 8-10, 2012 in Conway Arkansas. (04/23/2012)
The purpose of the conference is to offer cross-training about private lands programs, to share landowner success stories, to learn about successful on-the-ground techniques, and to provide updates about farm bill programs as well as other information of relevance to those working with private landowners.
Seating is limited and is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration closes April 25, 2012. Late registrations will be accepted on-site for these prices: $75 professional rate or $45 student rate, if seats are still available. If you are interested in Arkansas private lands, you'll be interested in the new Arkansas Conservation Center. Please review our site at