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The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station is the research component of the Division of Agriculture. AAES is the primary research support agency for Arkansas farmers and ranchers, food processors, related industries and consumers. Research topics also include issues that impact the families, communities and natural resources associated with Arkansas agriculture.

We conduct basic and applied research at five research and extension centers and six research stations around the state, as well as at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; the University of Arkansas at Monticello; the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. AAES research discoveries allow Arkansas farmers, businesses, communities and families to adopt new technologies and products, and adapt to changes in regulations. Our research personnel maintain partnerships with state, federal and international agencies and professional societies that connect us to worldwide communities of scientists.


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investing in ArkansasInformation about the Division for Agriculture and its two components, the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service. See PDF of publication.



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Newsletter: Fall 2014

2015 North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference to be held in Fayetteville

Berry industry pros from around the country will be touring several University of Arkansas System horticultural research facilities this winter, as the 2015 North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference convenes in Fayetteville Feb. 24-27.

AMTek Microwaves lends equipment for research in rice drying, processing

Bringing in a microwave to dry harvested rice could do more than just get the job done faster. Researchers at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture seek to use it to prevent cracking of dried rice kernels and maintain milling quality.

McKinney accepted in Food Systems Leadership Institute program

The FSLI prepares academic scholars and administrators for upper-level leadership roles in food system programs so they may assume broader responsibilities within their organizations.

Arkansas releases high-protrein soybean aimed at feed market

A new high-yield, high-protein conventional soybean variety from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture makes an ideal choice for the animal feed market. Division soybean breeder Pengyin Chen said the non-GMO soybean’s high protein content offers improved feed efficiency for poultry, beef and aquaculture producers.

Faculty, staff accomplishments recognized by Division of Agriculture, Bumpers College

World-renowned work in soybean breeding and genetics as well as the development of nitrogen soil testing for rice are among the accomplishments by faculty and staff who were honored Jan. 9 by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture in partnership with the UA Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. Ceremonies were held during a luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Rogers.

Arkansas releases first Roundup ready soybean

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has released its first soybean variety that features Roundup Ready® technology. Division soybean breeder Pengyin Chen said the new variety, called UA 5414RR, offers the weed control advantages of Roundup Ready® soybeans without the added cost of technology fees.

Rice yield increase of 30 percent enabled by use of a photosynthesis 'switch,' researchers learn

Scientists at the Division of Agriculture have found that they can harness photosynthesis – the process that plants use to convert light energy to chemical energy – to increase rice yields by up to 30 percent. A research group led by Andy Pereira of the Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Department faculty examined a protein that acts as a “switch” to activate genes that can enhance the photosynthesis activity of rice plants.

Everything you wanted to know about sustainable strawberries in an e-book

It could be called “Everything You Wanted to Know about Sustainable Strawberries but Were Afraid to Ask,” but this e-book’s secrets can be now be revealed through a single download. The e-book was grown from the minds behind the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative, also known as NSSI.

New monitoring, outside review mark Big Creek 4th quarter report

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture team researching water quality near a Newton County hog farm installed new monitoring equipment near manure holding ponds and had its work reviewed by an outside team of experts, according to its fourth quarterly report.
blackberry Arkansas fruit program included in second phase of USDA grant to advance marker-assisted breeding

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program will expand its participation in the second phase of a USDA-funded research project to apply genetic marker technology to specialty crop breeding programs around the country.
Bielke cited by ABI for poultry health vaccine work

Lisa Bielke, a poultry health research assistant professor at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been presented the 2014 New Investigator of the Year Award by the Arkansas Biosciences Institute for her research on new vaccine technologies for animal health.
nalc Agricultural and Food Law Consortium launched

Understanding how food and agriculture laws affect land- and sea-based food, fiber and energy production is the mission of a federally funded four-university partnership that makes up the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium. The consortium will expand the reach of objective agricultural and food law research and information to the nation’s agricultural community of producers, state and federal policymakers, attorneys, Cooperative Extension Service professionals, and others at the state, regional, and national levels.

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Variety TestingVariety Testing
Conducts replicated field trials at multiple locations representing the major production regions in Arkansas each year.

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Division of Agriculture Strategic Plan - 2011-2015

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Dr. Clarence Watson
Associate Vice-President for
Agriculture – Research and Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
AFLS E-214
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Dr. Richard A. Roeder
Associate Director
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
AFLS E-214
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Dr. Nathan McKinney
Assistant Director
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
AFLS E-214
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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