Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Area growers can get a glimpse of new technologies and practices when they attend the National Black Growers Council (NBGC) Model Farm Series Field Day Thursday, July 18, at the Dell-Cam Farm, Inc., in Altheimer, Arkansas.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at 556 Elm Rose Lane (16401 U.S. Hwy 79N for GPS usage), and the program begins at 8 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., participants will head to the S.J. Parker Extension Complex on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) campus for a brief program and lunch. The complex is located on the corner of L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive and Oliver Road, off University Drive in Pine Bluff.
Dell-Cam Farm is one of four model farms on the 2019 NBGC tour. The field day will consist of designated stations where the latest agricultural technologies and their combined usage with various U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs will be discussed. A scientist or expert and a practicing farmer will be at each field day station stop.
Several products from the agricultural industry will be featured, including corn hybrids, soybean varieties, herbicide programs in corn, rice and soybean, irrigation technologies, precision agriculture, integrated pest management and management of natural resources.
USDA agencies will be on hand to demonstrate use of their programs. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host workshops on the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The Farm Service Agency and Risk Management Agency will provide updates on their programs.
“The field day will be hosted by Dr. Dewayne Goldmon, owner of Dell-Cam Farm and 2019 Jefferson County Farmer of the Year,” Dr. Henry English, head of the UAPB Small Farm Program, said. “Dr. Goldman is a longtime partner with UAPB and is a past member of the advisory board for the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. He and his wife Debra were recently named 2019 Southeast District Farm Family of the Year.”
Field day sponsors include Bayer Crop Sciences, Farm Credit Services, FMC, Syngenta, Corteva, Bunge, Great American Insurance Company, John Deere (Greenway Equipment), Case IH (Heritage Agriculture of Arkansas), and Delta Plastics.
“The field day will provide Arkansas growers the opportunity to learn about new technologies and share best practices with row crop growers from across the southeastern United States,” Dr. Goldmon said.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all 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.