NCAT Southeast Regional Office

NCAT Southeast staff members. Back row, left to right: Linda Coffey, Livestock Specialist; Luke Freeman, Horticulture Specialist; Margo Hale, Southeast Regional Office Director. Front row, left to right: Nina Prater, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist/Outreach Coordinator; Robyn Metzger, Program Assistant; Guy Ames, Horticulture Specialist.   The NCAT Southeast Regional Office NCAT opened an office in Fayetteville, Arkansas,… Continue Reading

NCAT Staff Savor Southern SAWG Conference Experience

NCAT Staff Savor Southern SAWG Conference Experience

NCAT Southeast agriculture specialists Margo Hale, Linda Coffey, Guy Ames, Nina Prater, and Luke Freeman made the (relatively) short trip from Fayetteville to Little Rock, Arkansas, last month for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference. Following is a reflection on their experience at this popular annual event. The SSAWG Conference draws a very… Continue Reading

Defeating Parasites in Sheep and Goats: Webinar Series

Defeating Parasites in Sheep and Goats: Webinar Series

Internal parasites are the worst health problem for small ruminants, and can be devastating to a flock or herd. It is possible to combat this persistent enemy, though! ATTRA – Sustainable Agriculture and Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) are teaming up to offer a three-part webinar series that will teach producers tools and strategies to… Continue Reading

High Tunnel Tour Recap, Research Results, and Resources

High Tunnel Tour Recap, Research Results, and Resources

High tunnel production had top billing at the recent Arkansas-Oklahoma Horticulture Industries Show held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in January. NCAT’s Horticulture Specialist Luke Freeman helped lead a pre-conference tour of high tunnels at the University of Arkansas Research Farm on Thursday, January 3. Several presenters discussed high tunnel fruit and vegetable production during the conference… Continue Reading

Apply Now for Incubator Farm Plots in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Apply Now for Incubator Farm Plots in Fayetteville, Arkansas

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is excited to announce that applications are open for incubator farm plots through our Woolsey Farm Project! Spearheaded by NCAT Southeast’s Luke Freeman, the Woolsey Farm Project is a collaboration between NCAT, Cobblestone Farms, and the City of Fayetteville. The project aims to provide beginning farmers with access… Continue Reading

Conference Sneak Peak: Horticulture Industries Show and High Tunnel Tour

Conference Sneak Peak: Horticulture Industries Show and High Tunnel Tour

Thinking ahead to your New Year’s resolutions? Add attending the Oklahoma & Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show (HIS) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to the list! Join NCAT Horticulture Specialists Guy Ames and Luke Freeman at this popular event on January 4 and 5, 2019. Each year, HIS brings dozens of speakers together to provide regionally-appropriate information on specialty… Continue Reading

Ruminating on Small Ruminants at the Missouri Livestock Symposium

Ruminating on Small Ruminants at the Missouri Livestock Symposium

NCAT Southeast Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey traveled to Kirksville, Missouri, last week for the very popular Missouri Livestock Symposium, which draws thousands of attendees from across the U.S. Linda shares her reflections on the trip below. Friday Evening Activities and Keynote I enjoyed representing NCAT at the Missouri Livestock Symposium. As usual, a great crowd… Continue Reading

Meeting with a Mission: Helping Veterans Succeed in Agriculture

Meeting with a Mission: Helping Veterans Succeed in Agriculture

NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and Armed to Farm Coordinator Robyn Metzger recently traveled to Kansas City for the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) Stakeholders Conference. Following is their report on the trip. From November 14-17, we joined hundreds of farmer-veterans, representatives from government agencies, and other support organizations at the FVC Stakeholders Conference. These… Continue Reading

Battling Borers in Organic Apple Production

Battling Borers in Organic Apple Production

NCAT Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames has operated Ames Orchard & Nursery since 1983. In this guest post, he shares his hard-earned wisdom on strategies for dealing with apple tree borers. ORGANIC APPLE PRODUCTION IN THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES has many challenges, and controlling trunk borers is one of the most serious. Left unchallenged, borers can… Continue Reading