UACES Facebook Arkansas Soil and Water Virtual Field Trips
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Arkansas Soil & Water Virtual Field Trips


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), has provided funding for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, to integrate the efforts of the Arkansas Discovery Farms and the Arkansas Soil Health Alliance. Our goal is to educate a statewide network of participants through a series of no-cost virtual research-based, interactive demonstrations and educational experiences. 

This series of Soil & Water Conservation Virtual Field Trips (VFTs), focuses on the conservation benefits our researchers have developed with respect to water quality, irrigation water use, climate change, soil health, profitability and sustainability through their partnership with farmers on selected farms including some farmers involved in the Arkansas Discovery Farms Program. 

At no cost to high school science teachers, lesson guides that meet the Arkansas Department of Education's Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) framework are created and made available for this series.

Upcoming Virtual Field Trips

  • May 15, 2020 - No-Till Watermelon Cover Crop
  • June 23, 2020 - Marley & Elkins Poultry House Monitoring
  • August 19, 2020 - Greene County Extension Agent Demo

On March 19, 2020, our one-hour field trip focuses on Critical Groundwater Areas, and features the Dabbs Discovery Farm near Stuttgart and the Marion Berry Pump Station (Bayou Meto).

  • The Dabbs - Lori, Terry and Trent, Arkansas Discovery Farm members, will speak about water conservation practices on their farm in the Grand Prairie critical groundwater region.
  • Ed Swaim, Executive Director at Bayou Meto Water Management District, will talk about the Bayou Meto Project and using our rivers to reduce groundwater overdraft.


On July 3, 2019, a one hour, free live interactive virtual field trip was held. This field
trip discusses various technological advancements that are being used today in
agricultural fields across the state to increase irrigation efficiency and maintain sustainability. Watch our broadcast below.


On August 21, 2019, two free live interactive virtual field trips were held, each one hour in length.

The first field trip defines and explains the benefits of the AR Discovery Farm Program. 

The second virtual field trip covers the water quality and soil health practices used on these farms to enhance profitability and sustainability. 

On March 19, 2020, our one-hour field trip focuses on Critical Groundwater Areas, and features the Dabbs Discovery Farm near Stuttgart and the Marion Berry Pump Station (Bayou Meto).

  • The Dabbs - Lori, Terry and Trent, Arkansas Discovery Farm members, will speak about water conservation practices on their farm in the Grand Prairie critical groundwater region.
  • Ed Swaim, Executive Director at Bayou Meto Water Management District, will talk about the Bayou Meto Project and using our rivers to reduce groundwater overdraft.

Lesson Guide 1

Lesson Guide 2


On July 3, 2019, a one hour, free live interactive virtual field trip was held. This field trip discusses various technological advancements that are being used today in agricultural fields across the state to increase irrigation efficiency and maintain sustainability.

Lesson Guide


On August 21, 2019, two free live interactive virtual field trips were held, each one hour in length.

  • The first field trip defines and explains the benefits of the AR Discovery Farm Program.
  • The second virtual field trip covers the water quality and soil health practices used on these farms to enhance profitability and sustainability.

Lesson Guide

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