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

Alternative Poultry Feeds

Alternative Poultry Feeds

By Margo Hale, NCAT Livestock Specialist and Southeast Regional Office Director Finding sources of feed often presents a challenge for sustainable or organic poultry producers. Many producers would like to source local and organic feeds, and many would prefer diets that do not rely heavily on corn and soybeans. In order to do this, farmers… Continue Reading

Japanese Beetles:  Exotic Pests and Domestic Defenses

Japanese Beetles: Exotic Pests and Domestic Defenses

By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Ever since Columbus sailed the ocean blue, travel and trade between the eastern and western hemispheres have been responsible for releasing stowaway pests and diseases into ecosystems unprepared for their devastations. Some of these are quite famous, like Dutch elm disease and chestnut blight, both brought from the… Continue Reading

The Disease Triangle and the Rotten Rainbow

The Disease Triangle and the Rotten Rainbow

Excessive Rain Causes Challenges for Fruit Growers By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist The so-called Disease Triangle is a Venn diagram that illustrates the interplay among the factors that cause disease. The factors that must be present for disease to occur are: a susceptible host, the presence of the pathogen, and a conducive environment.… Continue Reading

Disease Resistance Among Apple Varieties

Disease Resistance Among Apple Varieties

It’s Relative, Not Absolute! By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist The concept of disease resistance among apple varieties seems to be often misunderstood.  Rarely is resistance so strong that it is absolute or immune. There are some bona fide scab-immune apple varieties (e.g., Williams Pride, Liberty, Pristine, and Enterprise). And there are some cedar… Continue Reading

The Farmer’s Footsteps or “Can I see some I.D.?”

The Farmer’s Footsteps or “Can I see some I.D.?”

By Guy K. Ames, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Sure, that’s a strange title for my blog, but I can explain: I have two, somewhat distinct, important points to make here. Ambushed Elderberries This morning before heading for the office, I took one of my usual walks to enjoy the cool morning temperatures and to see whatever… Continue Reading

NCAT Southeast Wraps Up Six-Session Workshop Series

NCAT Southeast Wraps Up Six-Session Workshop Series

NCAT Southeast staff recently wrapped up a series of workshops—one per month for six months—with the same group of farmers from Arkansas and Oklahoma. The “Taking Your Farm to the Next Level” workshop series started in November 2018 and concluded in April 2019. The participating farmers had several years of production experience, but wanted to… Continue Reading

Free Workshop: Learn to Put Your Land to Work

Free Workshop: Learn to Put Your Land to Work

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), the City of Fayetteville, and Cobblestone Farms are partnering to conduct the free “Putting Your Land to Work” workshop. Join us on Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cobblestone Farms in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Learn what you can do with your farm property, or what… Continue Reading