The eighth annual Bi-States Horticulture Conference and Seed Swap is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Southwest Center City at Texarkana, Texas.


The conference will begin at 8:15 a.m. with registration. The event includes a complimentary lunch, according to a news release from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.


Presenters will be Cooperative Extension agents and specialists from Texas and Arkansas and local agriculturalists and specialists.


Henry English, director of the UAPB Small Farm Program, will discuss enterprise budgets for small vegetable production. Yong Park, UAPB entomologist, will discuss beekeeping in small spaces, such as a backyard, and the role of bees in crop pollination. Iris Crosby of UAPB will address food safety.


Topics will also include heirloom vegetables and flowers, the specialty crop program and meeting, backyard birch tapping and syrup basics and fruit and vegetable production.


Attendees are urged to bring seeds or bulbs to swap at the conference, according to the release.


The horticulture conference is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Programs of Prairie View A&M University and UAPB.


For special accommodations, special needs, additional information, or to insure being included in the lunch count, contact Brandon Hawkins, PVAMU Extension agent, 903-628-6702, or Kandi Williams, UAPB multi-county Extension associate, 903-306-8663 prior to the event.


The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without discrimination.