Newport Extension Center
649 Jackson Road 917
Newport, AR 72112
Contact: Vic Ford, 501-671-2001
This center features 480 acres of alluvial crop land with half under modern pivot overhead irrigation. On the center’s irrigated lands, the research and extension faculty conduct applied research projects and “hands-on” demonstrations of the major Northeast Arkansas crops of soybeans, corn, wheat, sorghum and rice along with specialty crops of peanuts and sesame.
The tract was the site of Erwin Air Field during World War II, and the runways and taxiways still exist. This station, formerly known as the Beef Substation, was closed in 1993 and was reopened in 2005.
From Hwy. 67, take Exit 80, Hwy. 14, and proceed east as though going to Jonesboro. After 0.5 miles, turn left onto County Road 917 and proceed one mile to Station.