March 23, 2020
4 animal science faculty present research, extension programs at state, regional conferences, meetings
By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
- Animal scientists present research, extension programs at state and regional meetings
- Division of Agriculture programs help beef producers meet challenges
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Four University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture scientists presented at the 2020 joint meeting of the American Society of Animal Science Midwest Section/American Dairy Science Association Midwest Branch, and other meetings throughout February and early March.
Jiangchao Zhao presented at the inaugural Charles Maxwell Appreciation Club Symposium on early pig health and nutrition held during the 2020 ASAS Midwest Section/ADSA Midwest Branch Joint Meeting from March 2-4 in Omaha, Neb. Zhao, associate professor-animal science for the division’s Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, discussed how early-life modulation of the gut microbiome has long-term effects on swine health and production.
The symposium and the appreciation club are named in honor of Charles Maxwell, professor-animal science, who specializes in swine nutrition. He has conducted research at the Division of Agriculture and taught in the University of Arkansas’ Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Science since 1996. He was on the faculty of Oklahoma State University for 28 years before that.
John Jennings, professor-forages for the division’s Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, presented at the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council meeting on Feb.13 in Conway. He discussed techniques for managing nitrogen in grass/legume systems.
Shane Gadberry, professor-ruminant nutrition for the Cooperative Extension Service, spoke to a standing-room only crowd at the River Valley Beef Conference on Feb. 18 in Ozark, Ark. He discussed GoGreen and other value-added programs.
Department of Animal Science Head Michael Looper spoke to a full house at the first Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association Area Conference on March 3 in Batesville, Ark. He provided information about the Division of Agriculture, the statewide heifer sale and how Division of Agriculture research and extension scientists are working to help beef producers meet the challenges of food production in the 21st century.
The Division of Agriculture’s department of animal science is serving as a signature sponsor for the nine ACA Area Spring Conferences.
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Media Contact: Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station