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Super Seminar Tuesday
The Agricultural Economics and Community Development committee is pleased offer a
professional improvement opportunity for NACAA members. This year’s AM/PIC will include
a Super Seminar Tuesday morning, examining farm legal issues important to Extension
This year’s super seminar will take place on Tuesday, July 26th from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Keynote speaker John Dillard will continue discussing
legal issues currently facing agriculture. He will be followed by Harrison Pittman
from the Ag Law Center in Little Rock and followed by Laurence Crane who will discuss
crop insurance issues. Margins are getting tighter for farmers across America and
balance sheets are deteriorating, make plans to attend seminar to look at legal aspects.
We are able to offer this seminar through the generous sponsorship of the National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS).
Unmanned Aircraft in Agriculture
The Agronomy Committee is working on an unmanned aircraft workshop to be held at 1:00
p.m. on Wednesday, July 27th. This workshop will provide an opportunity to engage in the rapidly emerging technology
of unmanned aircraft that integrates remote sensing, aviation and robotics. The workshop
will include information on: types of unmanned aircraft, attributes of the most common
unmanned aircraft, overview of rules/regulations, diversity of sensor arrays, and
insights into data processing in support of precision agriculture. An interactive
dialog focused on unmanned aircraft opportunities in precision agriculture are also
scheduled, and a variety of unmanned aircraft that will be available for workshop
participants to explore from a “first hand” perspective. The workshop will also
include hands-on flight lessons, providing participants with an opportunity to fly
unmanned aircraft. Participation in the workshop will be limited, to provide participants
with a first-hand learning experience.
Horticulture & Turfgrass Pre Tour –
(Sponsored by Bonnie Plants)
July 22nd and 23rd, 2016 in Arkansas
As arranged by our local host and tour guides, Randy Forst and Janet Carson of University
of Arkansas, we will start off on Friday July 22 in Little Rock Arkansas leaving from
the hotel before 12:00 pm. The group will be traveling on one bus. Please eat lunch
before joining the tour.
We will drive north to Moss Mountain, home of P. Allen Smith, to tour the gardens and farm. From there we will attend Wye Mountain Flowers and
Berries for a tour before moving on to Heifer Ranch for a tour and dinner. We will
arrive back in Little Rock around 8:00 pm.
Saturday morning, we will load the buses and depart at 7:30 am from the hotel, driving
to the Clarksville Research Farm for a thorough tour followed by lunch. Once we depart
from there we will move onto North Pulaski Farms and then to Bemis Tree Farm. We will return Saturday evening at a reasonable time for dinner on your own.
Registration will begin April 1. The cost for the tour is $62.00 per NACAA member.
The group lodge in the same hotel with reservations handled through the registration
process. Anyone arriving Thursday will need to book and pay for their own room for
Friday night hotel covered if sharing a room with another member. Anyone requesting
a single room would pay $85 (1/2 room cost). If traveling with family, members would
pay for family rooms and food. Half of one room would be covered for the member.
For example: if one room was required for a member and their non-member spouse the
additional cost for the spouse would be $120 ($85 for ½ room + $35 for food).
The itinerary for the tour will be sent once your registration is complete.
The Arkansas Natural Resources Pre-Tour
In a place of mountains, valleys, dense woodlands, fertile plains, clear lakes, flowing
streams and abundant wildlife, Arkansas has earned the designation of “The Natural
State.” During the 2016 Natural Resources Pre-Tour, participants will have the opportunity
to learn about the native wildlife and plant species, what issues land and water resource
managers face trying to manage these resources, and see operations that blend commercial
enterprises with environmental protection.
The two day tour will take place on Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd. On Friday morning, urban forestry in Little Rock will be the focus. On Friday
afternoon, participants will visit Lake Maumelle, the source of central Arkansas's main water supply. The lake, covering 8,900 acres
covering an area of 14 square miles and a 70-mile shoreline, is integral in serving
the water needs of Little Rock and surrounding communities. The Central Arkansas
Water (CAW) Board of Commissioners adopted a comprehensive Lake Maumelle Watershed
Management Plan in February 2007. CAW’s watershed management efforts are key components
of assuring the effective and long-term protection of the Little Rock and surround
communities drinking water, while maintaining affordability. Protection of water
quality while ensuring water quantity will be discussed, and a tour of the lake and
key management areas are planned. Much of the lake’s watershed is in timber, and
a representative from the one the largest timber management companies will share what
their company is doing to continue to use the forest resources while protecting water
quality at Lake Maumelle. Finally, we will take a tour of Wye Mountain Berry Farm
where they grow blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cut flowers on 10 acres
near the Ouachita Mountains.
On day two of the tour, we will head east to Stuttgart, the Rice and Duck Capital
of the World. On this trip, rest assured that you will uncover why this area is known
for rice and ducks. We will visit Freeze’s Fish Farm, the largest bait producer in
the world. With over 1000 acres under water, it is no small task to manage this farm.
To have fish, rice, and ducks, ample water is imperative. The Bayou Meto Water Management
District and the Army Corps of Engineers have developed a plan to protect and conserve
the groundwater resources of the Bayou Meto Basin. The three components of the plan
are Aquifer Protection and Agricultural Water Supply, Flood Protection and Waterfowl
Management. We will tour their operation and learn how they developed the plan, built
the infrastructure, and are carrying out the goals of the project. To learn more
about ducks, we will visit Five Oaks, a full service duck hunting lodge. Five Oaks provides several different types of resource habitats for migratory and wintering
waterfowl: moist soil, with herbaceous plants such as crabgrass, toothcup, and smartweed;
flooded cropland; green tree reservoirs; and carbohydrate-rich food plots of corn,
millet, buckwheat, and milo. Finally, we will visit Terry Dabbs at an Arkansas Discovery Farm. This farm is a row crop operation of about 1,500 acres implementing rice, soybean,
and corn rotations. It is located in the Bayou Meto Watershed and has been in a Critical
Groundwater Area for more than a decade. Consequently, most fields are leveled and
a tailwater recovery system has been utilized for several years. Water use and water
quality will be monitored on four fields under different cropping rotations and management. We
will see how what innovative practices he has implemented and how he is working with
research to further best management practices in his region.
Participants should make plans to arrive at the conference hotel on Thursday because
the tour will start on Friday morning. The Natural Resource Committee has a tentative
cost of $150 per person although not finalized. However, additional details will
be emailed to membership and will be online. If you have any questions or if you
want to be put on an email list of potentially interested participants, please email
Libbie Johnson at email@example.com
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Please come back and visit often. Looking forward to seeing you in Arkansas in 2016!
Animal Science Committee
Pre-AM/PIC Seminar & Tour
This program is designed to provide the opportunity for NACAA members to study and
analyze livestock systems in the AM/PIC host state of Arkansas. Topics to be featured
on the tour will include beef cattle production, dairy cattle production, forage utilization,
livestock waste management, small ruminant production and poultry production. Tour
sites also tentatively include Tyson Foods, USDA-ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research
Center, I-40 Livestock Auction, Jac’s Ranch, Willow Springs Cattle Company, White
River Creamery, Marley Farm – Arkansas Discovery Farm, Fayetteville Wastewater and
University of Arkansas. Participants will also have a chance for one on one exchange
of ideas with local producers, industry personnel, and peers from around the country.
For additional information, contact any of the Animal Science Committee Regional Vice-chairs.
NACAA members in good standing with responsibilities in livestock and/or alternative
markets are eligible to participate in this Pre-AM/PIC tour. The event will take place
Thursday-Saturday, July 21-23, 2016. We will depart from the Little Rock area on Friday
morning July 22th traveling to northwest Arkansas, and arriving back in Little Rock Saturday evening.
Arrangements for leaving vehicles in a secure area will be made for those driving
to Little Rock.
ENTRY & JUDGING CRITERIA
Complete the “General Application Form” found on page 1 or on the NACAA web site (http://www.nacaa.com/awards/apps/).
Within this online application you will be asked to answer the following questions:
- Why you wish to attend the tour.
- How you intend to use the tour information in your educational programs.
- Describe your major animal science program emphasis.
The plan is to offer the tour to Extension Educators at a minimal cost. The goal is
to offer the tour with the only cost to the participant being transportation to Little
Rock. Donor support is pending. In the past, a minimal participation fee has been
charged (usually between $50 and $125 per person) to offset unsponsored expenses.
Please contact the Animal Science Committee Chair to confirm the participant fee (contact
information listed below).
Each successful applicant is responsible for their transportation to Little Rock and
should arrive on
Thursday, July 21st by 5pm CT. Two nights of double occupancy lodging (Thursday &
Friday) will be included in the tour as well as tour transportation and meals. Submit
entries by May 15, 2016 online or to Brian Beer, Animal Science Committee Chair, 107
S. French Street, Lancaster, SC 29720 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.