Big Creek research team seminar to discuss hog farm water monitoring report

Feb. 25, 2014
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Mary Hightower, Cooperative Extension Service communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A team of scientists at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will discuss preliminary findings from its recent report on water monitoring near the C&H Hog Farm in Newton County. Members of the Big Creek Research and Extension Team will present “Big Creek and the C&H Farm: The Science” at 3 p.m. March 4 at Hembree Auditorium in the Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences Building on the UA campus. The AFLS Building is on Maple Street just west of Garland Avenue.

Andrew Sharpley, professor of crop, soil, and environmental sciences, is the Big Creek team leader. Sharpley will be joined by Mike Daniels and Kris Brye, professors of crop, soil, and environmental sciences, and Karl VanDevender, professor of biological and agricultural engineering. A question-and-answer period will follow the discussion.

The research and extension team is conducting an in-depth examination of the hog farm in the Buffalo River watershed as it lays groundwork for the multi-phase, long-term study. The team is conducting the work using funds from Gov. Mike Beebe’s office. Funding was approved by a legislative subcommittee last September. Site work on the study began in October.

The team’s first quarterly report was delivered Jan. 31 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas governor’s office. The report is available online at An addendum to the first quarter report is available online at