University of Arkansas conducting webinars on weather, farm bill implementation

On Monday, June 22, at 2 p.m., the University of Arkansas Extension Service will conduct the latest in a series of informational webinars on topics of interest to farmers. This time the subject will be “How a Strengthening El Nino Will Affect the Weather.”

El Nino and La Nina are Spanish words that have become more and more prevalent in conversations about weather and its impact on agriculture.

That’s especially true in Arkansas where the El Nino phenomenon appears to be at least partly responsible for excessive rainfall that has delayed planting, slowed crop development and, in some parts of the state, caused extensive flooding.

On Monday, June 22, at 2 p.m., the University of Arkansas Extension Service will conduct the latest in a series of informational webinars on topics of interest to farmers. This time the subject will be “How a Strengthening El Nino Will Affect the Weather.”

Guest speaker will be John Lewis, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service offices located in Little Rock. Lewis, one of five senior forecasters for the NWS in Little Rock, speaks frequently on weather phenomenon and the outlook for weather affecting Arkansas agriculture for the remainder of the 2015 crop season.

To register for the webinar, click on https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/8628e4c1183ff918dc2040ba88984b7b

Lewis began his career as a television meteorologist in Sioux City, Iowa., in the late 1980s.
He later joined the National Weather Service in Charleston, W. Va. In 1994, John came
to Arkansas and has been in the Wonder State ever since. He is currently a senior forecaster, is the office webmaster and gives numerous talks about the weather to schools, civic groups and the
agricultural community.

On Thursday, June 25, the Arkansas Extension Service will conduct another webinar, this time on the 2014 Farm Bill: Phase III – ARC/PLC Enrollment.

Speakers will include Anita Wilson Arkansas FSA, state agricultural program specialist; Tony Franco - chief, Farm Programs Division, Arkansas State FSA Office and Bobby Coats - professor, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics.

To sign up for the second webinar, visit  https://uaex.zoom.us/webinar/register/d4d50b6867f478ea34538d7d4481ef37​.

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