January 31, 2018 Edition

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Ag Expo is Friday

The 2018 Randolph and Lawrence County Agri Appreciation Expo will be held Friday at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

Hosted by the Extension Services and Chambers of Commerce in the two counties, the event will feature a variety of speakers, including opening speaker, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward.

The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature row crop, livestock and horticulture speakers, as well as presentations for high school students.

Scheduled speakers include:

Row crops - Dr. Jason Kelly, Extension agronomist, wheat and feed grains; Dr. Jeremy Ross, Extension agronomist, soybeans; Dr. Bob Scott, professor, weed science; Dr. Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist; and Dr. Jarrad Hardke, Extension agronomist, rice.

Livestock - Dr. John Jennings, professor, forage; Dr. Shane Gadberry, professor, ruminant nutrition; and Dr. Roger Helms, veterinarian, Gateway Animal Clinic.

Horticulture - Janet Carson, Extension horticulture specialist; Rachel Tucker, Arkansas Agriculture Department; Kim Pittcock, Arkansas State University professor; and Jon Zawislak, Extension specialist, apiary.

Youth - Dr. Bud Kennedy, Arkansas State University; Gary Davis, University of Arkansas; Jenine Myers, BRTC; Kerry Roemer, Peco; and Blaine Huddleston, Randolph County 4-H.

There will also be several vendors set up at the expo, lunch will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

Prostate screening set

The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation will host a free prostate cancer education screening event in conjunction with the expo.

A partnership between the Extension Service, Baptist Health in Little Rock and the APCF, screenings will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon.

According to the Arkansas Central Cancer Registry, approximately 2,000 men in Arkansas will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and 300 men will die from the disease.

Men between the ages of 45 and 75 are encouraged to take advantage of the free, preventative health care services.

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