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Arkansas Soil and Water Conference
set for Thursday, Jan. 11, at ASU

Jan. 4, 2007 -- Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will host the 8th annual Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference on Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Convocation Center.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., followed by an introduction from Dr. Tina Gray Teague, professor of entomology and plant science at ASU, and a welcome from Dr. Robyn Hannigan, director of ASU’s Environmental Sciences program. Session I is 8:30-10:15 a.m., and Session II is 10:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Luncheon will be served from 12:10-1:15 p.m.

Session I will cover residue management in Midsouth soils, cover crops for Midsouth cropping systems, an overview of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) web soil survey, and a hands-on demonstration of the web soil survey.

Session II will cover groundwater status in east Arkansas, status of the Grand Prairie and Bayou Meto projects, ground-water models of the alluvial and Sparta aquifers, programs for managing non-point pollution in eastern Arkansas, and an Arkansas NRCS update.

The luncheon will feature remarks by Dr. Robert L. Potts, chancellor of the ASU-Jonesboro campus.

Session III will be from 1:20-3:30 p.m. and will cover thematic changes in American agriculture, impacts of rental agreements and pump lifts on Arkansas rice farm profitability, and a panel discussion about opportunities for sustainability. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bert Greenwalt, ASU professor of Agriculture Economics and AgriBusiness. Invited panelists will include agricultural lender and cotton ginner Jack Edwards, agricultural management consultant Ted Glaub, rice and soybean producer David Hillman, and agricultural lawyer Janie Hipp.

The conference registration fee is $20, which includes lunch. For more details, visit or Dr. Tina Gray Teague at 870-972-2043.

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