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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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Newsletter: Fall 2014

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.
derrick High school students introduced to agri sustainability at university farm

Standing in a cotton field several counties away from the state’s prime cotton-producing regions, high school students from northwest Arkansas got a close look at new ways cotton farmers are guarding against adverse conditions that can harm their crop. The students observed research scientist Derrick Oosterhuis showing how to manage cotton growing in stressful conditions during a field trip showcasing research at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
mom farm Moms on the Farm tour gives attendees a glimpse of food production methods

On Oct. 6, the third annual Moms on the Farm Tour will provide attendees with a better understanding of how farmers provide consumers with the food they feed their families as they tour local farms in the northwest Arkansas area.

manila Unique cotton research program featured at Manila field day

A Division of Agriculture field day Sept. 9 highlighted research projects at the Manila location. Ray Benson said area cotton growers and agricultural consultants wanted to see more research in their area, so they joined with the city of Manila and offered a field near the municipal airport for test plots.

fiona Plant stress research in Arkansas and Missouri aims to increase agricultural productivity

A team of scientists from Arkansas and Missouri has secured a $6 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to combat crop losses resulting from stresses such as drought, poor soil, insects and disease. Plant stress is arguably the greatest factor limiting global yields of food, fiber and fuel crops,” said Fiona Goggin, a University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture entomology professor who serves as a co-principal investigator for the project.

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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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