Rohwer Crops Field Day to include Farm Bill discussion


ROHWER — Arkansas Farm Bureau Associate Director of National Affairs Jeffrey Hall will lead a discussion of how changes in the federal Farm Bill might affect Arkansas producers during a University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Crops Field Day July 19 at the Rohwer Research Station at the intersection of Highways 138 and 1 in Desha County.

Hall will speak prior to a complimentary lunch following a morning tour of research plots, said Kelly Bryant, director of the Southeast Research and Extension Center based at Monticello and Rohwer. Registration is at 9 a.m. Visitors will choose one of two tours from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. focusing on either corn and soybean or cotton and rice.

“We have some timely research in each commodity addressing issues of particular interest to producers here in Southeast Arkansas,” Bryant said.

Tours will feature research on weed, insect and disease control; fertility management; irrigation; planting dates and hybrids for the respective crops.

The Arkansas Farm Bureau has criticized the Farm Bill legislation passed in June by the United States Senate.

“The purpose of the Farm Bill, historically, has been to provide a safety net for farmers and ranchers, and help them through difficult times,” Farm Bureau President Randy Veach said in a news release. “This version of the Farm Bill passed by the Senate offers no safety net for much of southern agriculture.”

Rohwer Research Station Director Larry Earnest said the field day program is available on the station’s website at http://aaes.uark.edu/sebranch.html. Video of each tour will be posted on the website the following week.