A bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives may, if it passes, boost conservation efforts across the nation. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was reintroduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Cong. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Cong. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).

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Chicot County 4-H held a “Trash Pick-Up” Day April 22 as its monthly community service activity. Youth were split up into two teams with Team 1 picking up 25 pounds of trash and Team 2 picking up 34 pounds of trash. Each team received a trophy that will stay at the Chicot County Extension Of…

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will offer an online produce safety training workshop May 5-6 to educate fruit and vegetable producers about federal rules.

Kenny Culpepper, president of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association, and some of his colleagues attend the official signing of HB “House Bill” 1659, also known as The Erave Bill, that was signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. This bill requires the statewide use of Arkansas’s electron…

Arkansans are being encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of the state’s more than 250 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.

Drivers are noticing higher prices at the pump thanks to weather-related production disruptions, according to an analysis published Friday by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Governor Asa Hutchinson said Monday that the Arkansas Department of Health had reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 within the state. This put the number of active cases at 1,640 with 156 hospitalized, which was down seven from Sunday. Of those hospitalized, 17 were on ventilators, which was un…

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has lifted the statewide mask mandate. He also announced that all Arkansans 16 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions and is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs. 

April 4 is Easter Sunday, a celebration of Jesus’s triumph over death through His resurrection three days after His crucifixion and death on the cross. Christians throughout the community will observe the holiday with family and friends, and many will spend time hunting Easter eggs. Lake Vil…

Arkansas’s waterways “provide a substantial economic impact and are vital to our efforts to export Arkansas-made products to markets throughout the world,” said Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston. 

Governor Asa Hutchinson, after consultation with the legislative leadership, has extended the deadline for filing state individual income tax until May 17, 2021, to coincide with the extended federal deadline. 

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has confirmed that some aquarium and pet stores in The Natural State have been offering for sale an aquarium product that may contain zebra mussels, a highly invasive species that can cause severe damage to the food chain and infrastructure in native lakes a…

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded over $1.4 million in federal grants to airports and airfields in Arkansas to off-set costs and maintain jobs as a result of COVID-19, as well as provide for increased sanitzization to combat the spread of pathogens at these facilities. Lake…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is accepting Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) renewal applications through March 31. 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday that all people eligible for vaccinations in the Phase 1B cohort could receive them.

Precautionary boil water notices have been issued for users of several local water associations and for residents and customers of Eudora Public Waterworks System.

Significant snowfall and some ice hit the area Monday and is forecast to return Thursday. While the snow may have been a welcome sight to many local residents, most businesses on Hwy 65/82 were closed early in the week due to inclement weather.

Winter weather put a damper on energy supplies with electric and natural gas providers requesting customers limit their use of services.

Agricultural producers who intend to but have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2021 must do so by March 15. 

Delta Men’s Association’s Wild Game Supper looked different this year as the organization deferred to health and safety guidelines during the pandemic. Instead of friends and families gathering in the co-op building, workers provided take-out meals. Proceeds from the event will once again be…

Being so early in the month, many reports were not yet available to Lake Village council members last week but council did discuss a several thousand dollar credit proposed for a water customer and approved the annual contract with the Chamber of Commerce. 

After a season of volatile markets, unforgiving weather patterns and a global pandemic, federal crop insurance will play a key role in keeping many agricultural producers afloat in 2021.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge awarded the Chicot County Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Corporal David Tumey with Arkansas State Police. Rutledge presented the county winners at the annual awards and recognition luncheon during the 2020 Officer of the Yea…

In observance of Black History Month, Friends of John H. Johnson Museum will offer free virtual tours of the historic John H. Johnson Museum and Educational Center during the month of February. The virtual tours will guide visitors through the boyhood home of the late publishing magnate for …

Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences are studying the potential of converting animal byproducts to multifunctional biochar – charcoal made from biomass, Dr. Hao Chen, assistant professor for the UAPB Department of …

Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures for distressed borrowers under the Farm Storage Facility Loan and the Direct Farm…

New editions of the most widely used publications from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are now available and offer the latest research-based recommendations for managing pests, weeds and diseases in row crop agriculture, as well as fruit, vegetable and garden production. 

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Quail Forever are hosting special classes this February and March to teach landowners in southern Arkansas how to use fire to substantially improve wildlife habitat on their property. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, has re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications. The portal is open to all participating…