Friends of the Division

Friends of the Division

 Dear friends,

Summer is just around the corner and the state’s fiscal session and a special session will be part of our daily news feeds for a while. We are working with our state lawmakers and the governor’s staff to ensure that the programs and services of the Division of Agriculture don’t just continue, but also continue to bring much-needed innovation and help to our communities.

First, I’d like to introduce you to our stakeholder relations team. These three are the ones who work directly with legislators, county and municipal officials and others to ensure there’s two-way communication.  They are also an integral part of our development efforts. Our team:

  • Chuck Culver – Director-external affairs, (479) 575-2250,
  • Stephanie Neipling – Assistant director-external affairs, (479) 575-4546,
  • Brian Helms – director-stakeholder relations-Extension, 501-671-2156,
    If you have questions about what we do or would like to help with a donation, contact any one of them.
    2018 has been a spectacular year for our faculty. We’re proud of their professionalism and achievements and these forms of peer recognition underscore what we know, that they are among the best at what they do:
  • Jason Norsworthy was named a fellow of the Weed Science Society of America fellow. Norsworthy was also honored as outstanding researcher of 2018 and was co-author on the work recognized as for outstanding paper-weed technology during the society’s annual meeting held in Arlington, Virginia
  • Bob Scott, extension weed scientist for the University Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, has been named president of the Southern Weed Science Society.
  • Julie Robinson, assistant professor-program and staff development, is president this year of the National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals.
  • Travis Faske, extension plant pathologist, has been named president of the Southern Division of the American Phytopathological Society.

We are moving full speed ahead into growing season. Let us know how we can help you and your community.


Mark Cochran