Thursday, October 26, 2023

USDA now Hiring Pathway Student Trainees Nationwide


USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are hiring pathway student trainees in multiple locations. Recruitment and relocation incentives may be offered and salary ranges from $33,241 - $43,801 per year.   

FSA helps agricultural producers invest in, improve and expand their agricultural operations through farm loans, risk management programs, and recovery support in times of economic stress or natural disaster.

NRCS offers conservation planning and technical assistance to help agricultural producers implement practices that sequester carbon, mitigate against climate change and conserve other natural resources. 

Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment for at least a half-time basis at a qualifying educational institution in a certificate, degree, or diploma program with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Other requirements apply.

 Candidates selected from these announcements may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service, provided that all terms of the Internship Program are met and there is an available position. Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed and is at agency discretion.

USDA is hiring a variety of student trainees in agronomy, soil science, biology, forestry, natural resource management, rangeland management, archaeology, economics, engineering, management analysis, cartography, geology, soil conservationist, survey statistician, loan assistant/specialist, program technician, and administration.  Click here to view all USDA student trainee openings.  Deadlines vary by position and location.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Northwest Arkansas Small Ruminants Field Day set for Oct. 28 in Fayetteville


By John Lovett
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station

Fast facts

  • Free event provides education on raising sheep and goats
  • Topics include forage, nutrition, grazing strategies, parasite control, flock management
  • Event co-sponsored by U.S. Department of Agriculture sustainability program

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Small ruminants have practical and profitable uses on the farm. Still, there is a lot to know about sheep and goats to maintain their health and the sustainability of the land they are on.

Sheep in field with blue sky background.
FIELD DAY — Sheep graze at the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Fayetteville, site of the Oct. 28 Northwest Arkansas Small Ruminants Field Day. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo)

A free event offering education on how to raise sheep and goats will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Fayetteville with sponsorship from Soil for Water, a forage sustainability project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

The Northwest Arkansas Small Ruminants Field Day, hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 1935 W. Heck St. in Fayetteville.

Lunch will be provided after the morning’s learning sessions and demonstrations with Dirk Philipp, associate professor of forage agronomy, Dan Quadros, assistant professor and small ruminant extension specialist, and other speakers from the animal science department at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

In addition to ways cattle producers can integrate sheep into their farming operation, Philipp said participants will be taught sustainable grazing techniques based on research conducted by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, the research arm of the Division of Agriculture. Quadros said sheep are a growing segment of Arkansas livestock operations, and small ruminants can be an asset for big and small farms.

“This field day will provide hands-on opportunities and demonstrations from the classroom to the farm-level environment,” Quadros said. “It will be very valuable for beginning farmers who want to adopt new technologies and learn the business risks and rewards, as well as established cattle ranchers looking for ways to maximize use of their land.”

Coffee and pastries will be served at 8:30 a.m. before a “farm walk and talk.” Joining Philipp and Quadros in presentations will be Linda Coffey, livestock specialist for the Southeast Regional Office of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, along with Washington County Extension Agent Ronnie Horn and Benton County Extension Agent and Staff Chair Johnny Gunsaulis.

Learning sessions will include the following topics:

  • Forage and nutrition
  • Grazing strategies
  • Reproduction and flock management
  • Parasite identification and control
  • Practical, on-farm necropsy

Registration for the event is required to attend. To register, please visit

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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 offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.