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Researcher tracking mallards, mercury

On a freezing February morning just after the end of duck season, Douglas Osborne and a handful of students are standing in the icy water of a duck hole, catching mallards and attaching uniquely numbered leg bands.

Extension, utility experts urge caution during post-harvest burns

As rice harvest draws to a close in Arkansas, many growers will be burning some or all of their rice fields to clear residue and prepare for next year. As producers plan their controlled burns, utility companies are hoping they’ll take into account nearby power lines, transformers and other equipment in order to avoid damaging important infrastructure.

Continuing change makes training a must

Editor’s Note: “The Economic Development Side” originally appears in the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce’s weekly member e-newsletter. It is written by Rhonda Dishner, the Economic Development Alliance’s executive assistant.

Emerald ash borer continues to spread in state

MONTICELLO — For more than a year, researchers have been grappling with the emerald ash borer, an invasive species of beetle that has migrated through the Midwest and southern United States since it was first detected in Michigan in 2002, spreading to at least 25 states.