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Division of Agriculture Day to be celebrated statewide at facilities FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The past 150 years of agricultural education, research and extension activity made possible by the Morrill Act of 1862 will be recognized during activities this month at University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture facilities. The events are part of the statewide Division of Agriculture Day during which the Division's research and extension facilities will host their local communities.
The Morrill Act provided federal lands to each state to be used toward the establishment of land-grant colleges at which agricultural studies would be offered. The University of Arkansas was founded in 1871 as a land-grant college. The UA also became a host institution for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station that was founded through passage 125 years ago of the federal Hatch Act. The university's Arkansas Forest Resources Center resulted from passage 50 years ago of the federal McIntire-Stennis Act that provided support for forestry education and research.
Events will be hosted at these Division of Agriculture facilities on these dates:
-- Arkansas Forest Resources Center, Monticello, 2 p.m.
-- Southeast Research and Extension Center, Monticello, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events at the Southeast REC will include lunch at noon. Several educational booths will include information on food preservation, 4-H, Master Gardeners, Family and Consumer Sciences, soil sampling, bait casting and other topics. Other activities will include a hayride, ice cream making and pumpkin painting.
-- Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Fayetteville (Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center, Garland Avenue and Knapp Street), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Events include wagon rides showing agricultural research in poultry science, animal science, bio fuels, water use, horticulture, farm equipment and technology, Cooperative Extension demonstrations, children’s area with games and kids’ “train” ride, antique tractor and equipment display, archery demonstration and shoot, and agriculture and local area information booths.
-- Livestock and Forestry Research Station, Batesville, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events will include lunch at 11:30 a.m., formal welcome program at noon, antique car display, archery shoot, skeet shoot, kids' games, bounce house, informational displays of research, live animal display and an electric car.
-- Northeast Research and Extension Center observance at downtown Blytheville Fall Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Northeast REC booth will present an Abraham Lincoln theme in honor of the president who signed the Morrill Act. The display will show a connection between Lincoln and the UA. The booth will also feature games and displays of insects, mature cotton bolls, corn ears, soybean pods, sorghum and rice heads. Light refreshments will be available.
-- Rice Research and Extension Center, Stuttgart, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include lunch, a 5K mud run, welcome by local dignitaries, games and exhibits.
-- Fruit Research Station, Clarksville, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Events include a poker walk from 9 to 11 a.m. UA professors Don Johnson, John Clark and Elena Garcia will be stationed at different spots on the farm to talk about their research. Visitors will go to these spots on the poker walk and hay rides. There will also be kids' activities, demonstration of grapevine wreath making by Barb Stover, Master Gardener, from 9 to 10 a.m.; fruit preservation discussion by Susan Pickle, Food Consumer Science agent, from 9 to 10 a.m.; Tango the Fire Safety Dog making a fire safety presentation for kids from 10 to 11 a.m., Janet Carson on fall gardening from 10 to 11 a.m., a talk on the Division of Agriculture at 11:15 a.m. and talks on the Morrill and Hatch Acts by Rep. Betty Overbey and Sen. Randy Laverty at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is from noon to 1 p.m.
-- Lon Mann Cotton Research Station, Marianna, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Events include a presentation on the origins of the educational system and an overview of the Morrill Act, health and wellness clinic with health screenings, tours of the soil lab and the station property, presentations by farmers who benefit from the university system, a video of the 1929 field day at the station, antique tractors, cars and trucks on display; cotton picking opportunity with photos taken, scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting and poster contest with prizes awarded, Miss Monroe County Rice booth, Miss Tri-County Fair, face painting and a children's train pulled by a four-wheeler. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.
-- Pine Tree Research Station, Colt, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events will include lunch at noon in addition to pond fishing, skeet and archery shoots, horse and mule rides, a hayride, face painting and pumpkin painting and carving.
-- Rohwer Research Station, Rohwer, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events will include presentations by Larry Earnest, station director. Other events will include a sporting clay shoot, bounce houses, a wagon ride, a bait casting demonstration, kids' fishing games, a baked goods contest, a rice recipe contest, a costume contest, a whole grain goodness booth, bingo games, a cake walk, an antique car and tractor display, a kids' train ride and gospel music groups. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
-- Vegetable Research Station, Alma, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events at the will include presentations by dignitaries about the Morrill Act's impact. There will also be the announcement of a Morrill Act essay contest winner, a pumpkin shoot, a BB gun shoot, an antique tractor show, a milk cow simulator, a spinning wheel demonstration, a quilt show and several additional displays and activities. Lunch will be served at noon.
-- Southwest Research and Extension Center, Hope, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events include climbing wall, tours, skeet shoot, bounce house, exhibits, archery shoot, fall family photos, displays, .22 shoot, face painting, games, BB gun shoot, pumpkin painting, shooting simulator, youth fishing derby, horseshoe tournament. Bring your own gun, which must have a clear barrel indicator. All ammunition is provided. BB guns and BBs are provided. Bring your own traditional or compound bow. Fishing poles are provided. Lunch will be provided.