The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Agriculture Farm Field Day is set for Friday, Sept. 6, at the UAPB Agriculture Research Station on Oliver Road, off University Drive. The event is free and open to the public.


Field day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by welcoming remarks at 8:30 a.m. Field tours begin at 9 a.m. with the last tour at 10:30 a.m., according to a news release.


Guided tractor tours will take participants to educational stops. Research scientists and Extension specialists will be at each stop to explain their research, give updates and answer questions.


Participants will be able to choose from three tours with these themes: crops, animals and honey bees/greenhouse. They can also go on a self-guided tour and check out the exhibits, posters and farm equipment on display.


Topics on the crops tour include the expansion of local production systems in the Arkansas Delta, evaluation of sweet potato breeding lines for yield and quality, breeding cowpea varieties for fresh pea production and marketing, nutritional benefits of leafy vegetables and specialty crops and the assessment of woody ornamentals in Southeast Arkansas conditions.


On the animals tour, participants will learn about the control of barber pole worm in goats using ground black walnut hull, the use of probiotics and natural dietary supplements for food animals as a tool for pre-harvest food safety control, and the productive performance and egg quality of hens fed diets including peppermint oil.


The honey bees/greenhouse tour will feature a demonstration on the structure of honey bee colonies. Participants will also learn about the collection and evaluation of sweetpotato tops.


Doze Y. Butler, dean/director for the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences, will be the luncheon speaker. Butler joined UAPB in August 2019 after having served in a number of leadership roles at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Lunch will be provided by Tyson Foods Inc. The lunch ticket will be included with registration materials. Registration is free, but pre-registration is requested to aid in planning.


To pre-register, contact Margaret Taylor at 870-575-7144 or taylorml@uapb.edu. On-site registration ends at 10:30 a.m.


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