Area commercial vegetable production clinic set for March 13 in Pine Bluff

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

veg-prodPINE BLUFF, Ark. – An area vegetable production clinic aimed at commercial vegetable growers is scheduled for 9 a.m., Friday, March 13, at the Cooperative Extension Service Jefferson County office, 500 South Idaho Street, in Pine Bluff.

Although the targeted audiences are commercial growers, those selling at farmers markets, local gardeners and Master Gardeners, the meeting is open to anyone interested in gardening, says Dr. Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

Topics include disease, weed and insect control in vegetables; production information on growing cucumbers, watermelons, squash, cantaloupes, bell peppers, eggplant, sweet potatoes, southern peas and greens and U.S Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency updates on microloans.

Presenters are Vanessa Moore, Farm Service Agency loan manager, Dr. English and UAPB faculty including Dr. Sixte Ntamatungiro, assistant professor of agriculture, Dr. M. Jalaluddin, professor of agriculture-agronomy, and Dr. Yong Park, associate professor of agriculture-entomology.

The meeting will adjourn after a noon lunch.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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