Area Commercial Vegetable Production Clinic Feb. 18 in Marianna

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

An Area Commercial Vegetable Production Clinic is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station in Marianna. The clinic begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

Although the targeted audiences are commercial growers in Lee, Monroe, Phillips, and St. Francis counties, those selling at farmers’ markets, local gardeners and Master Gardeners are welcome to attend, said Dr. Henry English, director of the Small Farm Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

Session topics include the Stewardship Management Plan; Farm Service Agency and Lee County Conservation District updates; and insect, weed and disease management for cucurbits (squash, watermelons and cucumbers) southern peas, sweet potatoes, bell peppers and greens. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance to small business in agriculture will also be covered.

The clinic includes a complimentary lunch. Dr. Barry Colley of Seven Harvest Inc., will be the luncheon speaker. He will discuss the benefits of hoop house vegetable production. Other presenters include representatives from the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the Farm Service Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Cooperative Extension specialists; and University of Arkansas Fayetteville and UAPB professors.

The clinic is sponsored by the UAPB Small Farm Program. Contact Ernest Bradley, UAPB multi-county agent, at (870) 295-7720 to preregister and be included in the meal count or if you have special needs. The Lon Mann Cotton Research Station is located at Hwy. 1, S in Marianna.

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