2020 Model State Program- University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff

Project Overview

SAR20-002
Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2020: $11,111.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2021
Grant Recipient: University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff
Region: Southern
State: Arkansas
State Coordinator:
Dr. Henry English
University of Arkansas- Pine Bluff

Commodities

  • Agronomic: corn, hemp, soybeans
  • Fruits: melons
  • Vegetables: beans, cucurbits, sweet potatoes, turnips
  • Animals: goats

Practices

  • Animal Production: grazing - rotational, mineral supplements, pasture fertility, stockpiled forages
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage, cover crops, cropping systems, crop rotation, fertilizers, forestry, high tunnels or hoop houses, irrigation, no-till, pollination, varieties and cultivars
  • Education and Training: demonstration, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, business planning, financial management, risk management
  • Pest Management: biological control, chemical control, cultural control, economic threshold, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, mulching - plastic, prevention
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil microbiology, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems, partnerships, urban agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    The UAPB SARE Program will provide sustainable agriculture training to UAPB Extension associates, program aides, mentor farmers, and CBOs. The UAPB Staff is located in eastern and southwest Arkansas therefore farmers in these areas will received training from the UAPB Staff. Training emphasis will be on improving soil health for row crop, vegetable crops, and pastures. Trainees in eastern Arkansas will work primarily with row crops and vegetable crops, while trainees in southwest Arkansas will work primary with pastures and vegetable crops.

    UAPB will partners with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide the trainees with information on NRCS conservation programs. These programs provide financial assistance to help producers install cover crops and other sustainable agriculture practices on their farms and ranches. Trainees will provide this information to participants along with information on different cover crops that are recommended by the Cooperative Extension Service. In addition, trainees will use soil compaction testers to help participants understand the need to break plow pans with cover crops.

    Trainees will be educated on the benefit of rotational grazing for livestock producers. The trainees will also provide this information to livestock producers to help them improve their soils and their operation.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The objectives of this project are:

    To teach and train the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB) Extension associates, program aides, mentor farmers, and community based organization (CBO) agents, on sustainable agriculture practices with emphasis on improving soil health for row and vegetable crop producers.

    To teach and train UAPB Extension associates, program aides, mentor farmers, and CBO agents, on sustainable agriculture practices with emphasis on practicing rotational grazing to improve soil health.

    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.