Area Commercial Vegetable Production Clinic March 15 in Pine Bluff

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

veg-prodAn area commercial vegetable production clinic is scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, at the Cooperative Extension Service Jefferson County office in Pine Bluff.

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

Topics include disease, weed and insect management in legumes, cucurbits, brassica (greens, sprouts and cabbage), solanaceous (peppers and tomoatoes) vegetables and sweet potatoes; Farm Service Agency (FSA) updates; and production information on growing cucumbers, squash, sweet potatoes, southern peas, tomatoes, greens and peppers.

Presenters are University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension specialists and faculty including Dr. Nick Seiter, assistant professor and entomologist; Terry N. Spurlock, Extension plant pathologist; and Chris Rouse, graduate research assistant. UAPB presenters are Dr. English and Shaun Francis, Extension horticulturist.

The meeting will adjourn after a complimentary noon luncheon. The luncheon speaker will be Dr. Tracy Dunbar, UAPB professor of agriculture. She will discuss vegetable production budgets.

The Jefferson County Extension office is located at 500 South Idaho in Pine Bluff. For more information or to be included in the luncheon count or if you have special needs, contact Stephan Walker, UAPB Cooperative Extension Program multi-county agent-agriculture, at (870) 575-7237 or Lee Anderson, Jefferson County staff chair, at (870) 534-1003.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to 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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