Livestock and Alternative Crops Workshop Set for March 15

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A livestock and alternative crops workshop is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. in community room #1 at the G.C. Johns Community Center on the old elementary school campus in Eudora.

Drs. Ondieki Gekara, associate professor of animal science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), and David Fernandez, UAPB Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist, will discuss the profitability of small cow calf operations and small ruminant operations. Their presentations will also include pasture management, herd health and nutrition. Dr. Henry English will discuss purchasing cow/calf pairs.

Gwen Handcock, district conservationist in Desha County, will discuss the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Kathleen Mazzanti, Farm Service Agency district loan specialist, will cover microloans. Ester Doolittle, owner of D&S Produce, will provide insight into marketing peas to Walmart.

The G.C. Johns Community Center is located at 904 Baker Street in Eudora. The workshop is sponsored/funded by the UAPB Small Farm Program.

Lunch will be provided. Preregistration is requested, although not mandatory, to help conference planners. To preregister, contact Travis Collins at 870-355-7007 or email


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