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Research Project: An Evaluation of Alternative Crops and Production Systems in Western Arkansas

Location: Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center

Project Number: 6020-21310-011-022-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 15, 2020
End Date: Feb 28, 2022

Objective:
To evaluate different agroecosystem functioning parameters (insect diversity, plant productivity) using alternative crops and systems that may help us achieve the goal of diversifying small-scale production systems to enhance a broader range of ecosystem services across the landscape.

Approach:
Existing tree plantations and pastures along with new and existing research plots will be used to assess insect diversity and abundance and numerous vegetation parameters (growth, productivity, persistence, etc.). Approaches will vary based on the project and questions of interest.