UACES Facebook Division of Ag hosts Feb. 15 fruit pruning workshop in Clarksville

Division of Ag hosts Feb. 15 fruit pruning workshop in Clarksville

Feb. 05, 2018

By Mary Hightower

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TAKE A CLOSER LOOK -- Extension Program Associate Taunya Ernst stalks about blackberry pruning to participants during a workshop on Feb. 20, 2014, at the U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Fruit Research Station in Clarksville. (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo)


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LITTLE ROCK – Pruning is an essential skill for growing healthy fruit-producing vines, canes and trees and growers can learn best practices at a workshop Feb. 15 at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station in Clarksville.

The workshop is 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and the fee is $10.  Attendees may register online at https://courses.uaex.edu/course/view.php?id=655, or they can call the station at (479) 754-2406 to reserve a spot and then pay on-site. 

Participants will have a short classroom session, followed by demonstrations in the field. The workshop will cover blueberries, blackberries, grapes, peaches and apples.

“This is an opportunity for people to learn or get a great refresher course in this important skill as it applies to a range of fruit crops in preparation for the upcoming growing season,” said Amanda McWhirt, extension specialist-horticulture, for the Division of Agriculture. “Attendees will be able to see the techniques up close and get immediate feedback to any questions.”

Instructors for the workshop are McWhirt, Dan Chapman, Fruit Research Station director; Taunya Ernst, program associate at the station; Ryan Neal, Benton County extension agent; and Elena Garcia, professor-horticulture, for the Division of Agriculture.

The station is located at 1749 State Hwy 818, in Clarksville. For directions to the station, please call (479) 754-2406.

For more information about horticulture and fruit production, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact the Fruit Research Station as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu