Pine Bluff, AR — Upcoming workshops in Pine Bluff and Forrest City, Arkansas will give small and underserved farmers the opportunity to learn about crop insurance programs, Dr. Henry English, head of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Small Farm Program, said. The workshops are part of a series of Cooperative Extension Service workshops addressing federal crop insurance.
The Pine Bluff workshop will be held on Jan. 22 at the S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex auditorium located at 2300 L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive at UAPB campus. The Forrest City workshop will be held on Jan. 30 at the East Arkansas Enterprise Community conference center located at 1000 Airport Road. The workshops will get underway at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.
The workshops are free to attend, and lunch will be provided. To participate, register online at To have the registration form emailed to you, contact Karen Lee at [email protected] or (870) 575-7225.
“Understanding crop insurance is essential considering the changes in weather patterns we are currently seeing,” Dr. English said. “Crop insurance provides protection against production losses due to natural disasters such as drought, excessive moisture and decreases in revenue. This kind of crop insurance training is rarely held in Arkansas, so I encourage all producers to attend these timely meetings.”
Dr. Hunter Biram, agricultural economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will be hosting the workshops.
“Participants can expect to receive information from agricultural economics faculty and USDA-Risk Management Agency navigators covering a wide array of federal crop insurance topics,” Biram said in a press release. “Presentations will be given that describe how to apply for crop insurance with a local crop insurance agent and various products such as pasture insurance, whole-farm insurance and yield and revenue insurance.”
There is a topic relevant for any operation regardless of whether a producer raises cattle, grows cash crops or produces fruits and vegetables, he said. Workbooks covering these and other topics will be provided to registrants.
The workshops are supported by funding from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Southern Risk Management Education Center, and the Fryar Price Risk Management Center of Excellence.
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About the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is an 1890 Land-Grant HBCU with a diverse student population, competitive degree offerings and stellar faculty. For 150 years, UAPB has worked to create an environment that emphasizes learning, growth and productivity while affording a basic need to its students: a chance to advance. UAPB offers certificate and associate degree programs, more than 50 undergraduate and master’s degree programs and a doctoral program in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Students are active in more than 100 organizations, including an internationally renowned Vesper Choir, Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South Band, Concert Bands, Wind Symphony and an accomplished athletics program.