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The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station is the research component of the Division of Agriculture. AAES is the primary research support agency for Arkansas farmers and ranchers, food processors, related industries and consumers. Research topics also include issues that impact the families, communities and natural resources associated with Arkansas agriculture.

We conduct basic and applied research at five research and extension centers and six research stations around the state, as well as at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; the University of Arkansas at Monticello; the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; and Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. AAES research discoveries allow Arkansas farmers, businesses, communities and families to adopt new technologies and products, and adapt to changes in regulations. Our research personnel maintain partnerships with state, federal and international agencies and professional societies that connect us to worldwide communities of scientists.

2014 Field Days

Wednesday, October 22 Livestock and Forestry Research Station, Batesville
Forest Management Tour (PDF)
Thursday, October 23

Southeast Research and Extension Center, Monticello
Beef and Forage Field Day

Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Policy and Management Guidelines

Investing in Arkansas

investing in ArkansasInformation about the Division for Agriculture and its two components, the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service. See PDF of publication.



John Clark

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Newsletter: Summer 2014

manila Unique cotton research program featured at Manila field day

A Division of Agriculture field day Sept. 9 highlighted research projects at the Manila location. Ray Benson said area cotton growers and agricultural consultants wanted to see more research in their area, so they joined with the city of Manila and offered a field near the municipal airport for test plots.

fiona Plant stress research in Arkansas and Missouri aims to increase agricultural productivity

A team of scientists from Arkansas and Missouri has secured a $6 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to combat crop losses resulting from stresses such as drought, poor soil, insects and disease. Plant stress is arguably the greatest factor limiting global yields of food, fiber and fuel crops,” said Fiona Goggin, a University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture entomology professor who serves as a co-principal investigator for the project.

clark After the Emmys -- lights, cameras, grapes

You didn't see it onstage during the glitz and glamor of the Emmys, but Arkansas earned a best supporting actor award at the star-studded after-party. Right there on the main dish, with the filet of beef, Zephyr squash and kale chips with red wine sauce, were Witch Fingers and Cotton Candy, two California table grapes with Arkansas roots.

big creek Big Creek scientists take innovative approach to study

The complexities of water movement around a Newton County hog farm in the Big Creek watershed have prompted researchers to use an innovative approach to discover how nutrients move above and below ground.
A team of research and extension scientists from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has been collecting data and monitoring the potential impact on water quality in Big Creek for nearly a year as part of a multi-layered, long-term study.

rice National Agricultural Law Center receives USDA grant to support 'farm to fork' programs in Arkansas Delta

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Law Center has received a $225,000 grant from USDA Rural Development to lay the groundwork for the development of local and regional food industry in the Arkansas Delta and to assist ongoing efforts in the Arkansas Delta. The project will integrate with USDA's StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative, designed to address persistent poverty areas in Arkansas and other states.

hunger Hunger relief effort begins with Arkansas grown foods

Cynthia Edwards, deputy secretary of the Arkansas Agriculture Department, donned hair net and sterile gloves to make tomato sauce for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. Edwards joined alliance members at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Food Innovation Center to make the sauce, which will be sold through Arkansas retail outlets to raise money for the Arkansas Gleaning Project.

Walmart Foundation’s $1.05 million donation fuels 2nd phase of strawberry initiative

The new donation from the Walmart Foundation is providing fuel for strawberry researchers to prove their concepts in the field. From a competitive grants process, six projects working in nine states emerged to share $845,000 in funding from the new donation.

Lloyd Warren, longtime entomology professor and administrator, dies at 98

Lloyd O. Warren, 98, of Fayetteville, who served as an entomology faculty member 1954 to 1986 and as director of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station from 1973 to 1983, died June 22.
aaae Four faculty honored by American Association for Agricultural Education

Three faculty members in the Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology Department have received top honors from the American Association for Agricultural Education. A fourth faculty member in the department has been installed as the organization’s national president.


Justin Morris, nationally noted grape and wine researcher, dies at 77

Justin Roy Morris, a nationally prominent University of Arkansas professor who provided research, teaching, leadership and service to the grape and wine industries for more than 40 years, died Monday, May 19. He was 77.


Division of Agriculture taps Sam's Club PR manager, restrutures communications

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has tapped Mark Scott, public relations manager for Sam’s Clubs, to serve as its chief communications officer. Mary Hightower was selected as director-communications services to oversee tactical aspects, supervising communications units for the Cooperative Extension Service and the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.


Winrock International honors Arkansas scientist with President's Service Award

After he returned from Liberia, Jim Correll was presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The group was created by President George W. Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make to the country.

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Variety TestingVariety Testing
Conducts replicated field trials at multiple locations representing the major production regions in Arkansas each year.

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Research Publications |General Publications | Newletters

Division of Agriculture Strategic Plan - 2011-2015

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Dr. Clarence Watson
Associate Vice-President for
Agriculture – Research and Director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
AFLS E-214
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Dr. Richard A. Roeder
Associate Director
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
AFLS E-214
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Dr. Nathan McKinney
Assistant Director
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
AFLS E-214
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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