UACES Facebook Ag Day meeting set for Jan. 4 at Lonoke Ag Center

Ag Day meeting set for Jan. 4 at Lonoke Ag Center

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture 
Dec. 4, 2015

Fast facts

  • Annual Ag Day at Lonoke set for Jan. 4
  • Meeting focuses on rice, soybean production
  • For info, contact Keith Perkins at kperkins@uaex.edu or 501-671-3124. 

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LONOKE, Ark. – For more than five decades, Bono farmer Jimmy Leon Perkins lived by a simple saying:  “Farming is changing every day and change is required to stay farming.” 

“My dad was a firm believer in learning as much as possible about farming,” said his son, Keith Perkins, Lonoke County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Of course he had to, to stay profitable producing a crop on his own farm for 55 years.” 

With the annual Ag Day at Lonoke scheduled for Jan. 4, Keith Perkins wants to be sure his rice and soybean clients are able to not only survive, but also thrive among evolving commodity markets and production techniques.

“We want to be sure our producers have all the best tools when it comes to making decisions for the upcoming 2016 planting season,” he said. “This annual meeting will get them a chance to be face to face with our division experts.” 

The meeting will be held at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Ag Center in Lonoke on U.S. 70.  

This year’s agenda includes: rice agronomist Jarrod Hardke, soybean agronomist Jeremy Ross, weed scientist Bob Scott, plant pathologist Travis Faske and entomologist Gus Lorenz; all with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The meeting will also include an overview of commodities from Extension Economist Scott Stiles and and a look at farm safety by Perkins.

The meeting opens at 8:30 a.m. and is being held at the Ag Center at 2001 U.S. 70 East in Lonoke.

“I know there were several times that my Dad changed his practices because of attendance at these meetings,” Perkins said.

There is no charge to attend and the meeting will include a free lunch. For more information, or to register, contact Keith Perkins at kperkins@uaex.edu or 501-676-3124.

For more information about crop production, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu.

 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your county extension office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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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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