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Learn to make a difference for Ark water resources at 2014 Rice Expo

July 3, 2014

Fast Facts:

  • 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo features presentation and discussion on Arkansas Water Plan Update
  • Crops, especially rice, need water
  • The Expo set for Friday, Aug. 1, at the Grand Prairie Center, 2807 Highway 165 South, Stuttgart
  • Event opens at 8 a.m.; Water Plan session begins at 9 a.m.

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STUTTGART, Ark. – Farmers and growers are invited to speak up and give input at the 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo on the best ways to protect our water resources.

“Agriculture is the leading user of water, by far,” said Mike Daniels, a professor and extension water quality specialist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Crops, especially rice, need water, which Daniels said is the reason why this session is essential to be held at the Arkansas Rice Expo.

The session, known as the Arkansas Water Plan Update, is meant to report to the public and policy makers about the current condition of Arkansas water, as well as gathering recommendations that could be implemented to protect the quantity and quality of the state’s water resource.

Chance to make a difference

In just half an hour, attendees will learn about the supply and demand report of the state’s water.

Everyone, especially farmers and growers, is encouraged to give recommendations that will later be brought up to state legislators.

If these policies are established, Daniels hopes there will be a positive impact for rice producers.

In efforts to produce the best crops and to develop Arkansas’ economy, this session will include the public, state organizations, and legislators.

“We can’t grow crops in Arkansas if we don’t have water,” Daniels said, adding the Rice Expo is a “good opportunity for farmers to see the progress made and to give one chance for input.”

The Rice Expo is set for Friday, Aug. 1, at the Grand Prairie Center, 2807 Highway 165 South, in Stuttgart.

The Arkansas Water Plan Update session is from 9 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and is followed by sessions on some of the best tips to protect the water resource.

To find out more about the 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo, visit http://aaes.uark.edu/rice.html or follow us on Twitter at @ARiceExpo.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

By Kezia Nanda
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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