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HIS and home

January 14, 2017

It was an extremely foggy day in Fayetteville with little visibility this morning and it did not improve much as the day went on.  It was a good day to be indoors.  This morning we had a half a day of sessions and we still had a good crowd.  The most popular topic of the day was the fig trials that Susan Randolph (the 2016 MG of the Year) his-17-17 his-17-18is leading at the Learning Fields in Ft. Smith.  There is a lot of  interest in figs, and she is proving that they can grow statewide.  She is in beginning the 3rd year of a 10 year trial but is sharing the results as she goes.  There was standing room only when she finished her talk.  She was followed by MGs from Washington County who won the 2016 educational project of the year on their soil detective program for 2nd graders in Fayetteville schoolshis-17-20 his-17-21 and to round out our program were the 2016 MG Project of the Year winners, again from Washington County on their landscape project at the state extension office.his-17-22 his-17-24  They had prizes to pass out at the end of their session and I loved the spent seed heads from their giant alliums. allium-seed-headI was so proud of all of the MG’s who presented today. They not only showcased what they were doing but also championed the Arkansas MG program.  It was a great HIS event.

After loading up and eating a quick-lunch we were on the road south. It was foggy until we got to Alma, and then it was just cloudy with spits of rain off and on.

I got home and unloaded and unpacked.  Here is a picture of the Sturdy Oak award I received in Hot Springs on Thursday. sturdy-oak-award It is a beautiful award and again, I am honored to have received it.

I also went through the mail. If you are a Farm Bureau member, you should receive their monthly magazine called the Front Porch. There is a great article on Kent Walker and his cheeses, but the highlight of the magazine was an article featuring our own John Clark.  He is a world-renowned fruit breeder and an overall nice guy and the article is a must read.  john-clark-article

I have one day at home tomorrow to try to catch up on things here, start packing for Vietnam and writing before heading back up to Fayetteville Monday for MG training.  People thought I should have just stayed up there, but I have too much to do.  I have a lot to get done between now and next Saturday morning when I will be at the airport at 6 a.m.!


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