John Lee, state agronomist, to speak at UAPB Agriculture Field day Sept. 17

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

J LeeJohn Lee, state conservation agronomist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, will deliver the luncheon speech at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Agriculture Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Previous to his current position, Lee was the NRCS state conservation agronomist for Mississippi. He has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from UAPB and a master’s degree in plant, soil and environmental science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In addition to his work with USDA, he manages his own row crop farm in Lee County, Arkansas.

The field day will be held at the UAPB Agriculture Research Station on Oliver Road, off University Drive. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with welcoming remarks by Dr. Jacquelyn McCray, interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, at 8:30 a.m.

Tractor tours begin at 9 a.m. and will take participants to educational stops. Topics include the reduction of straighthead disease in rice, production of hot pepper varieties and breeding cowpea varieties for production and marketing. Livestock topics include mixed species stocking and management of cattle and goats.

Participants can tour the UAPB Experimental Kitchen and Value-Added Products Laboratory, where raw produce is processed into value-added marketable goods. Other tours will feature high tunnels and greenhouses.

Lunch will be provided by Tyson Foods, Inc. A 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. on Sept. 17.

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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