Hardy-Caviness Greenhouse Complex ribbon cutting setNov. 29, 2011
Fred Bourland, Director, Northeast Research and Extension Center
Howell Medders, Agricultural Communication Services
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
KEISER, Ark. — The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hardy-Caviness Greenhouse Complex at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Northeast Research and Extension Center at 11 a.m. Dec. 7.
The complex is named in honor of Glenn Hardy, former dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and the late Professor Charles E. “Chuck” Caviness. It includes a new greenhouse and another that was renovated, along with a headhouse for both units. The greenhouses will provide for an energy-efficient, controlled environment for crops and entomology research conducted at NEREC.
Speakers will include U of A System Vice President for Agriculture Mark Cochran and NEREC Director Fred Bourland. The program will be followed by a complimentary lunch.
Dr. Hardy was dean from 1965 to 1987 of what was then the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and is the college’s longest serving dean. Early in his career, he was director of the Division of Agriculture Soil Testing and Research Laboratory at Marianna. Hardy helped develop soil analysis methods that are still in use. During his tenure as dean, the college’s curriculum was modernized and expanded and enrollment significantly increased.
Dr. Caviness was a member of the University of Arkansas and Division of Agriculture agronomy faculty from 1949 to 1991. As the Arkansas soybean breeder he led a team effort to develop seven important soybean varieties at a time when most varieties were provided by university breeding programs. The varieties Caviness developed were widely planted in the Midsouth and South and he was known among Arkansas farmers as “Mr. Soybean.”
The project was made possible by the support of the R.E. Lee Wilson Trust, E. Ritter and Company based in Marked Tree, Charles Moore of Mississippi County, Mrs. Sarah Moore and the Laura E. Moore Trust, Fred Bourland of Keiser, David Wildy of Mississippi County and Adams Land Company at Leachville.