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September 2017

AWRC Moves to Tyson Agriculture Research Center

The Arkansas Water Resources Center, including its water quality lab, is moving to the state-of-the-art Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences early next month. The new address is 1371 W Altheimer Drive in Fayetteville. The lab will be open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm for water sample drop-off and analysis.
 
The AWRC operates a fee-based public water quality lab where anyone can ship or drop off a water sample for analysis. The Lab is certified by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for nutrients, sediments, metals, bacteria, and more.
 
The Lab also offers several analytical “packages” aimed at helping farmers, agricultural producers, and the general public understand the quality of their water for a specific use.


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App Available to Farmers for Rice Irrigation Planning

The mobile application called “Rice Irrigation” helps rice farmers quickly and easily develop a rice irrigation plan. The app was developed right here in Arkansas by Drs. Chris Henry and Dharmendra Saraswat, both with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture at the time of development.
 
Rice is the number one export for Arkansas, valued at almost $2 billion per year. Sustainable agricultural production is a concern for many farmers because of irrigation water needs and crop yield.
 
An irrigation technique called multiple inlet rice irrigation (MIRI) can reduce pumping costs by 25% or more, and increase yields. But developing a MIRI plan can be difficult for farmers because many variables must be considered – how big are the levees, how big is the field, how long should the pipe be, how many holes should the pipe have, etc.
 
The Rice Irrigation app can take most of the burden off the farmer.


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$5,000 Fellowships Available for Graduate Student Researchers
Graduate students can apply for funding that will allow them to enhance their research in hydrology and related sciences. This opportunity is part of the “Pathfinder Fellowship” that’s designed to help students either add an extra field site for collecting data, form a collaboration with another research group, or add an interdisciplinary dimension to a project.
 
The fellowship is sponsored by the
Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI).
 
Eligibility applies to any graduate student who is enrolled in a university in the United States; international students are eligible if they meet this requirement. Fellowships are awarded to cover travel costs of up to $5,000.
 
The deadline to submit an application is October 13, 2017.
 
For more information about the program and how to apply, visit the Pathfinder Fellowship website at
https://www.cuahsi.org/education/pathfinder-fellowships/.

Save the Date for the 2018 Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference

The 20th annual Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and Expo is set for January 31, 2018. This one-day meeting will be held at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
 
The conference will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. And again this year, there will be a vendor trade show where attendees can see some of the latest and greatest resources available to them.
 
For more information about the conference and the opportunity to participate in the trade show, contact Chris Jones at
chrisjones@astate.edu.

Towards a Climate-Smart Mississippi Basin
By Penelope Hillemann, American Society of Agronomy
 
The Lower Mississippi River Basin’s Delta region lies mainly in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. It is a fertile area that produces many crops. The region is warm and humid, with plenty of water. This makes it a potentially important carbon sink, capable of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. However, such warm soil and plentiful moisture can also have the opposite effect. Carbon dioxide is released from decaying plants and organic matter in the soil.
 
Agricultural practices can affect how much carbon is stored in the soil. Because carbon dioxide is a key greenhouse gas associated with climate change, knowing those impacts is important. For example, sustainable farming practices could be studied to see how they affect the movement, or flux, of carbon dioxide into and out of the atmosphere.
 
This research will now become much easier, thanks to scientists from several area universities and U.S. government agencies. They have created a network of research towers that can share continuous, high-quality data about carbon dioxide flux in different conditions. The new network is named Delta-Flux.


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Calendar of Events

September 26
EPA Small Systems Webinar - Small Systems Research Centers
Online

September 27-28
ANRC Nonpoint Source Pollution Meeting
Little Rock, AR

September 29

BWA Beaver Lake Watershed Symposium
Elkins, AR

October 7
LFWP Fall Clean-Up
Fayetteville, AR

October 12
ANRC/BBRAC Buffalo River Watershed plan meeting
Jasper, AR

October 14

FNHA Kessler Trail Run
Fayetteville, AR

October 15

NWA Land Trust - Birding Event
Fayetteville, AR
Job Openings

Walton Family Foundation
Deputy Director, Strategy and Learning
Bentonville, AR

Lakeside Environmental Consultants, LLC
Utility Vegetation Work Planner
Ozark, AR

Winrock International
Forestry and Climate Change Specialist
Guatemala

Garver
Various positions, engineer, CAD, manager
AR, TX, OK, AL, MS, MO, AZ





































































































































 






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