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Ag Expo is Feb. 3

The Lawrence and Randolph County Chambers of Commerce, in conjunction with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, will host the annual Agri Appreciation Expo on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Walnut Ridge Community Center.

A free catfish lunch will be served, and door prizes will be awarded.

The event recognizes the importance of agriculture in the area. Booths featuring a variety of farm products and services will be set up from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mel Fender's cinnamon rolls will be served to kick off the day, followed by seminars throughout the day.

The opening speaker will be David Newman, who is an associate professor at Arkansas State University. He teaches multiple classes in the field of animal science and conducts research in the area of meat science/muscle biology. Specifically, he has conducted research surrounding meat quality with pork, poultry, beef and lamb.

Originally from Myrtle, Mo., he grew up on a diversified livestock operation. He and his wife, Kristin, son, Cody, four, and daughter Ava, 18 months, live on his family farm. Newman farms with his brother, Chris Newman of Jonesboro, and his mother, Rita Newman of Myrtle.

They also own and operate a specialty meat business, Newman Farm Heritage Berkshire Pork, focused on marketing premium quality pork to restaurants and other customers throughout the United States.

There will also be speakers throughout the day. Crop topics will include row crop markets, crop diesel control, management plans, demonstrations in Lawrence and Randolph counties and cover crops.

Livestock topics will be developing replacement heifers, strategic management of bacterial disease in the herd, cutting the time you spend with winter feeding and weed control options.

Horticulture and natural resources topics will include pecan production in the home garden, Lawrence County demonstrations, feral hog control and chronic wasting disease in deer.

In addition, there will be a student room with speakers from Black River Technical College, ASU, FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau. Students from all schools in the two counties have been invited, and ASU will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a student in attendance.

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