Crawford to speak at UAPB’s fisheries field day Thursday

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, (R-Jonesboro), will be the speaker for Aquaculture/Fisheries Field Day Thursday at the University of Agriculture at Pine Bluff.

Aquaculture/Fisheries Field Day will feature split-pond system demonstrations and sessions on new treatments and management of aquatic weeds, the latest disease issues and more. Registration, tours and events begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the UAPB Aquaculture Research Station off Oliver Road. Research and Extension demonstrations run until 11:30 a.m.

Crawford will speak at the noon luncheon at the Aquaculture Research Station.

The congressman grew up in a military family and served four years in the U. S. Army, advancing to the rank of sergeant. After earning a bachelor of science degree in agriculture business and economics from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, he began a career focused on agriculture in both agribusiness and agricommunications.

He has been a news anchor and agrireporter, and has served as marketing manager for the second largest John Deere dealer group in North America.

Crawford is a broadcast council member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and a member of the 4-H Foundation Board of Arkansas. In 2010, he was elected to represent Arkansas’s 1st Congressional District and serves on the Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees in the 112th Congress. He and his wife, Stacy, live in Jonesboro with their two children.

“We are fortunate to have Rep. Crawford, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, as our speaker,” said Ted McNulty, aquaculture director for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

Field day activities will be followed by an Aquaculture Business Management and Marketing workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. The workshop is being sponsored by the National Aquaculture Association and the United Soybean Board.

The field day is also a time for producers to learn about the latest research results and the most up-to-date information on new regulatory issues. They will also have a chance to talk informally with researchers, Extension personnel and other farmers.

For more information about the field day or to register for the workshop, contact Almetris Cobbs at 575-8523.

Bobbie Crockett is an extension specialist - communications at UAPB’s School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences.