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Wheat fungus spreads to 17 counties in Ark
(Longer version as 0309Ark-Wheat Rust)
LITTLE ROCK – The wheat stripe rust has now spread to 17 counties in Arkansas, up from nine
counties last week, and with more rain and winds in the forecast, infections are likely to spread,
Jason Kelley, extension wheat and feed grains agronomist for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, said Friday.

Desha, Faulkner, Jackson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Mississippi, Phillips and Poinsett counties join
last week’s nine counties reporting the disease: Arkansas, Crittenden, Cross, Jefferson, Lee,
Lonoke, Prairie, St. Francis and Woodruff counties.

“Realistically, stripe rust has probably spread throughout the Delta, even if it hasn’t been
reported yet in all counties,” Kelley said. “With the strong southerly winds we have had the last
few days, spores have to be spread throughout the region and points much further north – as far
north as the Missouri Bootheel.

“The good news is there have been no reports of stripe rust on the western side of the state so
far,” he said.

While some varieties are more susceptible than others, “because of the unusual nature of this
year’s epidemic, it would be wise to scout all fields, regardless of variety,” said Gene Milus,
professor of plant pathology for the Division of Agriculture. Growers should look for hot spots of
infected plants; areas where all of the plants are infected and from which spores spread to the
rest of the field and beyond.

Milus said the widespread rain Thursday and forecast rain this weekend “will provide moisture
for dew formation over the next couple weeks that is necessary for spores to infect plants.”

Seek help to get financial feet back on the ground
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LITTLE ROCK – Finances can be intensely personal for some people, but that doesn’t mean
they shouldn’t seek help when they need it, said Laura Connerly, instructor-family resource
management for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“We all need a little help sometimes,” she said.

Like that familiar Beatles refrain, “I get by with a little help from my friends,” a little help can
make all the difference in getting by financially. That help can come in the form of information,
support, or by having someone else to hold you accountable.

Connerly suggested these tips for financial help:

       Seek professional advice or counsel. Financial planners and counselors offer expert
        advice and guidance for money management. Of course, it’s a good idea to ask for
        recommendations or references before seeking a professional adviser.
       Gather support from others. Surround yourself with people who will support and
        encourage your efforts toward achieving your health and wealth goals. This could be an
        informal support group, such as family and friends, or it could be a formal support group.
       Be accountable to someone besides yourself. You’re more likely to restrain your impulse
        shopping if you’ve asked your family members to hold you accountable and you know
        that they’re watching.

“Don’t feel like you have to do it all by yourself all the time,” said Connerly. “It’s okay to call in

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Washington Co. 4-H’ers place first at 2012 Beef Quiz Bowl
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A team of four Washington County 4-H’ers beat out 29 other teams for
first place at this year’s statewide Beef Quiz Bowl competition, held at the Pauline Whitaker
Animal Science Center on Feb. 24.

The winning team, comprised of 4-H’ers Austin Hamm, Katy Tunstill, Will Pohlman and Lauren
Cheevers, was coached by Johnny Gunsaulis, Washington County extension agent for the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

The University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science hosted this year’s competition, which
furthers the learning process beyond 4-H and Future Farmers of America projects.

Beef Quiz Bowl provides students an opportunity to learn more about management, food safety,
quality assurance and end products of the beef industry. Teams competed in a double-
elimination tournament and were tested on all aspects of beef production.

Second place went to Vilonia FFA members Taylor McNeel, Coby Wilson, Timmy Yeldell and
Brekke Gammon, and coach Jenna Easley. A West Fork FFA team, comprised of Avery
Findahl, Cheyenne Smock, Jamie Wiltse, Bryar Burks and coach Justin Hays, took third place.

Each of the top three placing teams received medals and a commemorative plaque.

The Beef Quiz Bowl program is funded by the Arkansas Beef Council through revenue collected
from the Beef Check-Off.

Arkansas 4-H horse judging camp set for June 28
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LITTLE ROCK – 4-H members interested in sharpening their horse show judging skills can learn
new skills at the Arkansas 4-H Horse Judging Camp, set for June 28 at the C.A. Vines Arkansas
4-H Center.

“We’ll cover a variety of classes, including western and English disciplines and halter and
performance classes,” said Mark Russell, assistant professor-equine extension for the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Participants will learn what to look for, know the rules and be able to offer a clear set of reasons
for their judgment of competitors.

The cost is $15 for 4-H members and $10 for parents or leaders. The camp is accepting all
levels from beginner to advanced, youth ages 9-19. A continental breakfast and lunch wlll be
provided. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Participants can register at 4-H Onilne,

For more information, contact Russell at 501-671-2190 or by email at

For more information on equine management, contact your county agent or visit

Four-State 4-H Timed Event Championships set for April 27
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LITTLE ROCK – For the first time, 4-H members can compete for a four-states timed roping
event title on April 27 at the Four States Fair Grounds in Texarkana, Texas.

The first annual Four-State 4-H Timed Events Championships are open to juniors, ages 9-13
and seniors, ages 14-19 as of Jan. 1. There are four events for each category of junior boys,
senior boys, junior girls and senior girls: breakaway, tie down, goat tying and team roping.
Roping teams may be comprised of boys and girls.

“We’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our 4-H members along with our colleagues
at AgriLife Extension in Texas, LSU AgCenter in Louisiana, and Oklahoma State University,”
said Mark Russell, assistant professor-equine extension for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.

The entry deadline is April 16 and entries are call-in only to 501-681-7066. Entries will only be
taken from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Entries are $40 per event, plus, a one-time $10 office fee –
cash only to be collected on the day of the event.

Prizes include saddles for high point junior boy, junior girl, senior boy and senior girl. To be
eligible for the saddles, the contestant must be a current 4-H member in one of the four states.

Contestants needing stall and RV hookup reservations and information should call the Four
States Fair Grounds at 870-773-2941.

For more information, contact Jimmy Driggers, Garland County extension staff chair for the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture at 870-773-2941.

For more information on equine management, contact your county agent or visit

Upcoming Arkansas events
(Longer version available as 0309 Ark. Events Calendar)
UNDATED – Here’s a look at upcoming events from the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture:

March 16
9:00 a.m. SHREVEPORT, La. – Forest landowner law workshop at Shreveport Holiday Inn,
5555 Financial Plaza. Registration and more info: Rusty Rumley at 479-575-2636, or

March 20
HOPE – Cow-calf conference/beef and forages field day. Contact the SW Research and
Extension Center at 870-777-9702.

March 27
1:00 p.m. EL DORADO – Feral Hog Control Workshop, Union County Fairgrounds, 1430 E.
19th Street. For landowners interested in reducing feral hogs on their property. Includes feral
hog info, trapping demonstration, Ark laws and regulations. Contact Robin Bridges, Union
County Cooperative Extension Office, 870-864-1916, or Jaret Rushing, Calhoun County
Cooperative Extension Office, 870-798-2231, to register by Mar 20,
or for details.

March 28
9:00 a.m. HEBER SPRINGS – Little Red River Beef Cattle Conference, Cleburne County
Livestock. Grading demonstration, beef cattle market update, weed control. Register at the
door, $20 fee. Contact county extension office for additional information.

March 30
9:00 a.m. JONESBORO – Delta Beef Cattle Producer’s conference at Craighead County
Extension office. More info: contact Craighead County, 870-933-4565, or St. Francis County,
870-261-1730, extension offices to register in advance.

April 13
9:00 a.m. MONTICELLO – Forest landowner law workshop at Drew County Farm Bureau office,
656 Barkada Road. Registration and more info: Rusty Rumley at 479-575-2636, or

April 14
7:30 a.m. FERNDALE – Arkansas 4-H 5K at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center. Register
online at – look for the running clover symbol.

Toilet can be a big culprit in stolen water efficiency
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LITTLE ROCK – Toilets can be the biggest water thief in the house and the biggest contributor
to a higher water bill, according to Mark Brown, Pulaski County Extension Agent-water
conservation for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Brown is working with Central Arkansas Water to promote water conservation during Fix-A-Leak
Week, March 12-16.

“We want people to know how they can make simple changes that can wind up saving money,”
he said. In a toilet, a broken filler valve can still be running water 24/7, even if the float has
appeared to stop. Faulty valves in a toilet can add as much as $100 a month to a bill, Brown

To learn more about troubleshooting leaks, Brown has three podcasts online:
Inside leaks:

Outside leaks:

Backflow preventer issues:

During Fix-A-Leak week, Central Arkansas Water is giving away low-flow showerheads and rain
gauges at its Little Rock and North Little Rock offices.

For more information about Fix-A-Leak Week, contact Mark Brown at 501-340-6650 and see the
podcasts at, or visit Central Arkansas Water online at or
customer service at 501-372-5161.

Managing legal risk workshops for foresters, landowners at Shreveport, Monticello
(Longer version available as 0309ForestryWorkshop)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The second and third in a series of workshops covering agritourism law
for landowners and foresters are set for March 16 at Shreveport, La., and April 13 in Monticello.

“Agritourism is one of the fastest-growing alternative uses for forestland and farmland,” said
Rusty Rumley, staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center. “It can be a very lucrative
venture for a lot of people, but it opens landowners to risks they would not normally come
across in traditional forestry and farming activities.”

Understanding those risks is at the heart of a series of workshops being offered by the
National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the
LSU AgCenter. Topics will include wildlife management, insurance, leasing contracts,
landowner liability and agritourism.

“’We want to educate people about these risks,” he said. “An ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure.”

The March 16 workshop will be held at the Shreveport Holiday Inn, 5555 Financial Plaza,
Shreveport, La. The final workshop is set for April 13 at the Drew County Farm Bureau office,
656 Barkada Road in Monticello.

Presenters include:
     Tamara Walkingstick, associate director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center
     Becky McPeake, professor and extension wildlife specialist with the University of
Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
    Dora Ann Hatch, statewide coordinator for agritourism within the LSU AgCenter
    Rusty Rumley, staff attorney, National Agricultural Law Center
    Elizabeth Rumley, staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center

Both workshops will be certified for six hours of continuing education credit for both foresters
and loggers, Rusty Rumley said.
Plant of the Week: Alabama Snow-Wreath                              (Neviusia alabamensis)
(With art. Longer version available as 0309BamaWreath)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Alabama snow-wreath (Neviusia alabamensis) growing in my
shade garden is breaking bud and will soon be in bloom. I have had a column about it on my to-
do list for a long time but have held back because I suspected – undeservedly so, as it turns out
– that there wouldn’t be much to say about this thicket-forming native shrub.

Alabama snow-wreath is a member of the rose family that grows as a deciduous shrub with
arching branches, and attains a height of 3 to 6 feet, and a spread of 6 feet. If grown as a free-
standing shrub, it has a rounded outline, but in nature it grows in a dense, hedge-like thicket
with arching and sometimes ascending branches, forming an almost impenetrable mass. Stems
are slender, brownish and pubescent during the growing season. White stolons the size of soda
straws are produced from the main trunk in late winter and expand the colony horizontally each
year. The long-petioled leaves are 2 to 3 inches long, ovate in outline and marked with a coarse,
doubly serrate margin.

In early spring, it produces masses of white pincushion-like flowers along the stems. Individual
flowers lack true petals, with the mass of white stamens responsible for the display. Individual
flowers are to three-fourths of an inch in diameter and produced in a dense, three- to eight-
flowered cluster. Blooms appear in mid-April most years, after the plant has leafed out. Fruit are
single-seeded achenes of no ornamental interest. In flower, the shrub is showy, but during the
rest of the season, it is of no particular interest.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national
origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected
status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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