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Arkansas Soil & Water Virtual Field Trip Series


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.

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Join Us for Our Next Virtual Field Trip! 

Improving Soils and Profitability Through Collaboration

 Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at 10 AM CDT


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This one hour, free live interactive virtual field trip will highlight how the collaboration of these three organizations:

  • the Natural Resource Conservation Service,
  • the Arkansas Conservation Districts, and
  • the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture,

has helped farmers be more profitable. They work together to create soil health on-farm demonstrations that have benefited the farmers they serve and the natural resources we share.

 

Upcoming Virtual Field Trips

  • September 2020 - Improve Water Quality & Reduce Water Use with Surge Irrigation
  • November 2020 - Soil Health
  • November 2020 - Introduction to Sustainability

On June 23, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This field trip explores how the Arkansas Discovery Farm Program is helping farmers document how their conservation measures protect local water resources, while maintain profitability. Come join us at the Jeff and Marsha Marley poultry and beef farm and the Beaver Water District in northwest Arkansas. 


On May 15, 2020, our one-hour field trip focuses research being conducted on no-till watermelon production in Arkansas. Come join us at the University of Arkansas Vegetable Research station in Kibler, where we explain the best practices for incorporating cover crops into no-till watermelon production, what cover crop mixes work best and how to plan for weed, disease and insect pest management. 


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 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 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 June 23, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This field trip explores how the Arkansas Discovery Farm Program is helping farmers document how their conservation measures protect local water resources, while maintain profitability. Come join us at the Jeff and Marsha Marley poultry and beef farm and the Beaver Water District in northwest Arkansas. 

  • You will learn why the Marley’s decided to be a part of this exciting program, how it has benefited them, and how they installed grassed waterways, aerated pastures, and used farm ponds that all reduce nutrient runoff, as well as seeing first-hand how the Discovery Farm Program used state-of-the science equipment to collect water samples for analysis. 
  • James McCarty, Environmental Quality Manager with the Beaver Water District, will describe how Jeff and Marsha Marley’s farm conservation efforts are helping the Beaver Water District maintain safe, affordable drinking water for the region.

Lesson Guide


On May 15, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This field trip explores research being conducted on no-till watermelon production in Arkansas. Come join us at the University of Arkansas Vegetable Research station in Kibler, where we explain the best practices for incorporating cover crops into no-till watermelon production, what cover crop mixes work best and how to plan for weed, disease and insect pest management. 

Lesson Guide


On March 19, 2020, our one-hour, free live interactive field trip was held. This field trip discusses 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, 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, talks about the Bayou Meto Project and using our rivers to reduce groundwater overdraft.

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


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

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