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White Co. private pesticide applicator training set

White Co. private pesticide applicator training set

Anyone wishing to purchase or apply “restricted use” pesticides in the coming year must be licensed by the Arkansas State Plant Board.

Before being eligible for a license, a certain amount of training is required.  The Cooperative Extension Service in White County will be conducting the required training for the Private Pesticide Applicator license three times in White County. 

The three training classes are scheduled for:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the White County Fairgrounds in Searcy

Monday, February 6, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Bald Knob High School Auditorium in Bald Knob

Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

Record number of deer hunting permits available Oct. 11

If you didn’t draw a deer permit for an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management area hunt this year, there’s still a good chance to get the one you’re after. More than 6,000 unclaimed permits will be available beginning 8 a.m., Oct. 11, at the AGFC Little Rock headquarters and regional offices across the state.

“Typically, we have about 3,000 leftovers available,” said Ashley Bean, AGFC permit program coordinator. “This year, we had almost the same number of applicants, but they were focused only on a few hunts, leaving many unclaimed permits throughout the state.”

Some permits are even available for some of Arkansas’s most coveted wildlife management areas. There’s even permit available for the modern gun hunt at Freddie Black Choctaw Island Deer Research Area WMA, which normally takes about four years to draw. These high-demand permits are left because people who had enough preference points drew the permit, but did not pay.

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

From the office of Senator Mark Pryor:

To create jobs in Arkansas and across the country and strengthen the American tourism industry, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week joined with Senator Mark Begich (D-AL), Chuck Shumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act.  The TRIP Act will promote domestic tourism by partnering public and private dollars through a competitive matching grant program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tourism supports over seven million domestic jobs and accounts for 2.8% of the United States’ gross domestic product.

Save money, prevent pollution

Save money, prevent pollution

Did you know the energy used in the average home can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions of a car?

There are several ways you can reduce your carbon foot print and September is the perfect time to start making changes.  That is because the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is promoting pollution prevention.

The Federal Pollution Prevention Act, passed in 1990, made a declaration that pollution should be prevented or reduced at its source whenever possible.  To honor this anniversary, ADEQ urges the public to prevent pollution in their day to day lives.

How to prepare for autumn insects

How to prepare for autumn insects

It's nearly fall, and the weather's getting cooler. That means all the critters who may normally hang around outside - such as ants, mice and spiders - will be looking to move into warmer spaces. Like your home.

So how can you get make sure these uninvited guests don't just come in and make themselves at home? Terminix has a few tips:

  • Move piles of firewood and other debris away from the home’s foundation. Both provide ample sources of shelter for rodents and other pests and could encourage them to live near the home.
  • Seal any holes or cracks in your home’s exterior. Rodents can squeeze through openings smaller than ¼ inch, and spiders, roaches and other pests need even less room than that. Large openings should be stuffed with steel wool or wire mesh before sealing with caulk.
  • Ensure attic and foundation vents are equipped with tight-fitting ¼ inch hardware cloth.

Heat, pollution and you

Heat, pollution and you

GOOD UP HIGH, BAD NEARBY

On an average summer day in Central Arkansas, gasoline powered lawn and garden equipment will release more pollutants into the air than a typical large industrial power plant.  That’s why Arkansans can make such an impact on smog in their area during ozone season and in turn help their neighbors breathe a little easier this time of year.

Ground-level ozone is the main ingredient in smog.  Air pollutants can come from cars, trucks, buses and industrial smoke stacks.  They can also come from gas stations, outboard motors, oil-based paints, cleaning solvents, lawn mowers, and farm and construction equipment.  When those pollutants heat up in the summer sun there is a reaction and the result produces ozone smog.

Although ozone in the upper atmosphere filters out harmful ultraviolet radiation, it can cause numerous breathing problems at ground level.  An easy way to remember the difference is this

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

Corps concerned with rising number of deaths at its parks

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