2016-2017 Model State Program University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2016: $11,111.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2017
Grant Recipient: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Region: Southern
State: Arkansas
State Coordinator:
Dr. Henry English
University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff


  • Agronomic: peas (field, cowpeas)
  • Fruits: melons
  • Vegetables: greens (leafy), okra, peppers, sweet potatoes
  • Animals: bovine, goats


  • Animal Production: grazing management, parasite control, vaccines, watering systems
  • Crop Production: cover crops, crop rotation, fertilizers, high tunnels or hoop houses, irrigation, postharvest treatment, varieties and cultivars, water management
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, workshop, youth education
  • Farm Business Management: agricultural finance, budgets/cost and returns, farm-to-institution
  • Pest Management: cultivation, field monitoring/scouting, genetic resistance, mulching - plastic
  • Production Systems: dryland farming
  • Soil Management: earthworms, soil analysis

    Proposal abstract:

    Arkansas’s 2016-2017 Model State Program will focus on opportunities and trainings for Extension
    agents, associates and program aides, USDA staff, farmers’ market managers, other agriculture
    professionals and farmer leaders on issues important to increasing the sustainability of small and large
    scale producers in Arkansas. Proposed activities include two cover crop workshops for small acreage
    farmers and row crop farmers, a rotational grazing workshop, a pastured poultry workshop, a food
    safety workshop and travel to professional development conferences/workshops including SSAWG, the
    AR-OK Hort Industry Show, the food safety and grazing meetings in this plan, the Small Farmers and
    Ranchers Conference, a sweet potato workshop in Louisiana and the SARE cover crops conference in
    North Carolina. Program activities were determined based on input from the Advisory Committee,
    faculty members in the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, participants from previous
    workshops and the availability of professional development opportunities offered by outside
    organizations. As a result of these opportunities the knowledge, interest and application of sustainable
    practices for small through large scale producers and agriculture professionals will continue to expand in

    Project objectives from proposal:

    As a result of workshop and educational activities, participants will exhibit the following behavioral

    1. Extension personnel, NRCS officers, and small through large-scale farmer leaders will increase
    their knowledge and confidence with integrating cover crops into their production system be it
    small to mid size vegetable production or large scale grain production. They will have a better
    understanding of cover crop types and management, uses of different cover crops for different
    purposes such as building soil health, weed control, erosion, etc, methods of termination, and
    seed sources. (UA and UAPB)

    2. Extension personnel and grower leaders will have increased knowledge and confidence with
    sustainable rotational grazing practices including forage production and electric fencing. (UA)

    3. Extension personnel and grower leaders will have increased knowledge and confidence with
    pastured poultry production and economics. (UAPB)

    4. Gain knowledge and confidence with sweet potato production practices and share information
    with sweet potato producers. (UAPB)

    5. Travel support to the AR-OK Horticulture Industry Show and SSAWG conferences will improve
    agents attendance at these events and increase knowledge of horticulture and sustainable
    agriculture production and resources. (UA and UAPB)

    6. Travel support to the food safety workshop and rotational grazing workshop will improve
    agents’ attendance at these events and increase knowledge and awareness of food safety on
    the farm information and resources. (UA)

    7. Regular Advisory board meetings will allow board members to contribute to SARE PDP planning
    and workshops. (UA and UAPB)

    8. Blog readers including agents, market managers and other agriculture professionals will be
    informed of state and national sustainable agriculture opportunities such as SARE grants,
    webinars, the SSAWG conference, the Horticulture Industry Show, USDA program news, and
    other timely and relevant topics. (UA and UAPB)
    UAPB staff will specifically target small and SDP in Eastern and Southwest Arkansas.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.