Agriculture and Natural Resources Competency Definition
picture of people in fieldAn employee with competencies in the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Subject Matter Expertise category has knowledge and skills to be viewed as an expert in the performance of a given task or subject matter area related to ANR. As needed, the employee has the ability to identify, acquire and utilize research-based information or other experts in the development and delivery of educational programs and activities that address the needs of clientele and stakeholders.



Agriculture and Natural Resources competency areas are:

  • Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness
  • Animals & Animal Products
  • Pest Management
  • Natural Resources & Environment
  • Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  • Row Crop Plants & Plant Products
  • Forestry
  • Horticultural Plants & Plant Products
core_ento_1_insect_sweep150x75.jpgTarget: County Faculty
Content: This is the Year I, core curriculum on entomology that includes lessons on the most common insect orders, household pest information on cockroaches, ants, and flies, key Extension publications, and integrated pest management basics.
Competency Category(s):
Agriculture and Natural Resources/Pest Management
Format: Online
Date(s): July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022 (Enrollment closes 6/30/22)
Location: Learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Dr. Kelly Loftin, kloftin@uada.edu, (479) 575- 3462; Dr. Glenn Studebaker, gstudebaker@uada.edu, (870) 526- 2199; Dr. Gus Lorenz, glorenz@uada.edu, (501) 676-3124

coreento_2_Pseudacteon150x75.jpgTarget: County Faculty
Content: This is the Year II, core curriculum on entomology. This course is designed to provide intermediate to advanced entomology training for County Extension Agents and others that require this level of knowledge to adequately address questions from Extension clientele in the areas of turf and ornamental pest management, fire ant management, insecticide classification and resistance, and alternatives to insecticides.
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources
Format: Online
Date(s): July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022 (Enrollment closes 6/21/22)
Location: Learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Dr. Kelly Loftin, kloftin@uada.edu, (479) 575- 3462; Dr. Glenn Studebaker, gstudebaker@uada.edu, (870) 526- 2199; Dr. Gus Lorenz, glorenz@uada.edu, (501) 676-3124

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Support Staff, Program Associates/Techs
Content: Small equipment, i.e., lawnmowers, are essential equipment found in many homes with a yard in the United States. They enable homeowners and groundskeepers to comply with municipality codes and maintain neat and good-looking yards. Many children and teenagers like to earn extra money by mowing lawns during the grass-growing season. Each year more than 600 children undergo amputations as the result of lawn mower-related injuries. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), small equipment can be extremely dangerous if not operated safely and properly.
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources/Bio and Agricultural Engineering
Dates: August 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Format: 
Online
Location: learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Sammy Sadaka, ssadaka@uada.edu, (501) 671-2298

grain silo

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, State Faculty and Supervisors
Content: This course will provide an Introduction to Grain Drying; Fundamentals of Grain Drying: Grain Drying Options; Grain Drying, and Storage Management; and Grain Drying Strategy.
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources
Format: Online
Date(s): July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022 (Enrollment closes 6/30/22)
Location: Learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Sammy Sadaka, ssadaka@uada.edu, (501) 303-0522

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs
Content: This course will discuss the opportunities for farms to utilize solar photovoltaic systems as an energy source. We will discuss system configurations and principles of operation of solar photovoltaic systems, their economics, the program funding opportunities that can help cover costs, etc.
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources/Bio and Agricultural Engineering
Dates: August 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Format: 
Online
Location: learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Yi Liang, yliang@uada.edu, (479) 200-6982

picture of center pivot in fieldTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, State Faculty, Supervisors, Program Assistants
Content: This course will provide an introduction to Energy Conservation; Energy Conservation in Tractor Operation; Energy Conservation in Crop Production; Energy Conservation in Grain Drying; and Energy Conservation in Poultry Houses.
Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
Format: Online
Date(s): July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022 (Enrollment closes 6/30/22)
Location: Learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Sammy Sadaka, ssadaka@uada.edu, (501) 303-0522; Thomas Costello, tac@uark.edu, (479) 575-2847

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, Support Staff
Content: This online course aims to provide the necessary tools that producers and workers in the grain drying, storage, and handling need for daily uses. The course provides access to excel sheets, web-based calculators, and mobile phone apps that producers can utilize to determine the equilibrium moisture content of their grain under the current air condition or to make an informed decision on whether to heat the drying air or not.
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources/Bio and Agricultural Engineering
Dates: August 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Format: 
Online
Location: learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Sammy Sadaka, ssadaka@uada.edu, (501) 671-2298

smoke rising in the skyTarget: County Agents, State Faculty
Content: This course will introduce basic meteorological knowledge such as the driver of atmospheric air movement, temperature inversion due to certain characteristics of vertical temperature profiles so that participants gain a better understanding of what to look for from a fire weather forecasting before implementing a prescribed biomass burning. 
Competency Category(s): 
Subject Matter Expertise- ANR
Format: Online
Date(s): July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022 (Enrollment closes 6/30/22)
Location: Learn/Online
Contact(s): Yi Liang, yliang@uada.edu, (479) 575-4862

Target: All Employees 
Content: This online course discusses the ins and outs of the ground and aerial herbicide applications, investigates the challenges of balancing drift management while maintaining high levels of weed control, and discovers the role new application technologies can play in improving applications.
Competency Category(s): Subject Matter Expertise/ANR/Pest Management
Dates: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Format: Online
Location: learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Tommy Butts, tbutts@uada.edu, (501) 804-7314

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Support Staff, Program Associates/Techs
Content: Any large equipment on the farm may present hazards to workers or bystanders. The mobility of some machines adds another dimension to the hazards presented to the operator or bystander. Large farm equipment poses different hazards based on their size but also shares some hazards in common. The purpose of this in-service training is to describe hazards more specific to what is considered “large farm equipment” and offer some tips a farmer/operator might employ to prevent accidents while using this type of equipment.
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources/Bio and Agricultural Engineering
Dates: August 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Format: 
Online
Location: learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Sammy Sadaka, ssadaka@uada.edu, (501) 671-2298

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants, Program Associates/Techs, Support Staff
Content: The term entrapment implies an incident when a grain bin worker becomes buried in the grain beyond the point of self-extraction. On the other hand, the term engulfment implies an incident when a grain bin worker is completely buried or submerged beneath the surface of the grain. In many cases, grain entrapment leads to engulfment which, in turn, is fatal. Some required technologies are safe to apply, however, others are not safe.
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources/Bio and Agricultural Engineering
Dates: JAugust 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Format: 
Online
Location: learn.uada.edu
Contact(s): Sammy Sadaka, ssadaka@uada.edu, (501) 671-2298

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Associates, Techs, Program Assistants
Content:
 This in-field training will teach you: how to identify phosphorus, potassium, and/or zinc nutrient deficiency symptoms in rice, corn, and/or soybean, how to select and fill out the appropriate forms to accompany your plant samples to the diagnostic lab in Fayetteville proper tissue sampling techniques in rice, corn, and soybean will be demonstrated to help diagnose nutrient deficiencies.  will also be covered.
Jeremy Ross and Gus Lorenz will also be present to answer any questions you may have regarding other aspects of crop production.
Competency Category(s): ANR/Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science
Format: Field
Date(s): July 13, 2021 (Enrollment closes 7/12/21)
Time: 9:30am -2:00pm
Location: Pine Tree Research Station
Capacity: 200
Contact(s): Matt Fryer, mfryer@uada.edu, (870) 318-6919; Trent Roberts, tlrobert@uada.edu, (479) 575-6752

Row Crop - CottonTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
Content: Training will involve classroom training and round-table discussions with crop specialists and county agents about current row crop recommendations.  Discussions will focus on new technology/production methods.  An in-depth discussion of current problems/issues that county agents are facing within each crop will occur.  In addition to crop discussion, sessions on how to be a successful agent are planned.
Competent Categories: Agriculture and Natural Resources/Crop, Soil and Environmental Science
Format: Classroom
Date: January 18-20, 2022 (Enrollment closes 1/17/22)
Time: January 18 - 8:00am -4:30pm, January 19 - 8:00am - 4:30pm, January 20 - 8:00am -12:00pm
Location: Riverfront Wyndham Hotel, North Little Rock, AR 
Capacity: 60
Contact: Chad Norton, cnorton@uada.edu, (870) 460-1091

picture of cows grazing in NovemberTarget: County Agents
Content: Participants will be updated on summer annual forage management and use in livestock systems. Other current forage research will be presented.
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources/Animal Science
Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
Date(s): March 8, 2022 (Enrollment closes 3/1/22)
Time: 9:30 am- 4:00 pm
Location:
Faulkner County, Conway, AR
Capacity: 25
Contact(s): John Jennings, jjennings@uada.edu, (501) 730-0034

ruminant chart of a goatTarget: County Agents, County Staff Chairs
Content: This In-Service will provide agents with a better understanding of Small Ruminants. There will be hands-on demonstrations and best management practices discussed to be able to pass along to producers. 
Competency Category(s):
Subject Matter Expertise- ANR

Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
Date(s): March 11, 2022
Time: March 11 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location:
Faulkner County Extension Office, Conway, AR
Capacity: 25
Contact(s); Chelsey Kimbrough, ckimbrough@uada.edu, (501) 503-6592

Target: County Agents, Program Assistants
Content: This course offers an opportunity for agents and program assistants to get outside and increase or refresh knowledge relating to:
-water quality basics
-water quality issues and management goals in Arkansas
-water quality best management/conservation practices
-water programming opportunities to meet multiple community needs
-community volunteer/project leader recruitment, development, and retention
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources/Crop, Soil and Environmental Science
Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
Date: June 16, 2022 (Enrollment closes 6/1/22)
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Little Rock State Office
Capacity: 25
Contact(s): John Pennington, jpennington@uada.edu, (870) 329-7009; Mike Daniels, mdaniels@uada.edu, (501) 671-2281

Target: County Agents, County Staff Chairs, Program Assistants
Content: This course offers an opportunity for agents and program assistants to get outside and increase or refresh knowledge relating to:
-water quality basics
-water quality issues and management goals in Arkansas
-water quality best management/conservation practices
-water programming opportunities to meet multiple community needs
-community volunteer/project leader recruitment, development, and retention
Competency Category(s): Agriculture and Natural Resources/Crop, Soil and Environmental Science
Format: Blended (Classroom/Field)
Date: June 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Little Rock State Office
Capacity: 25
Contact(s): John Pennington, jpennington@uaex.edu, (870) 329-7009; Mike Daniels, mdaniels@uaex.edu, (501) 671-2281