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Arkansas - Booneville Plant Materials Center

Booneville Plant Materials Center (ARPMC)
Serving areas in the States of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma

Established: 1987
Size: 269.8 acres
PMC Operation: NRCS
Land Ownership: State of Arkansas

Image of a native grass field with cattle in the background below the horizon.

The Booneville Plant Materials Center (ARPMC) is co-located with the Agricultural Research Service at the Dale Bumpers Small Farm Research Center 6 miles south of Booneville Arkansas on state highway 23. The ARPMC develops plants and plant science technology to address conservation issues in areas from the rugged Ozarks to the western coastal plain. The Center serves portions of Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.”

The area is characterized by small family farms. Forage, poultry, and timber production are the major land uses. The soils are most often shallow, stony, and erosive.

The Booneville Plant Materials Center has developed improved conservation plants, including Hampton Germplasm big bluestem, ‘Bumpers’ eastern gamagrass, and Wynia Germplasm Indiangrass.

Highlights

PRODUCTIVE AGRICULTURAL LANDS AND WATERSHEDS

Maintain and improve productivity of agricultural lands and watersheds

  • Pasture and hayland production in the southern Ozarks and the Arkansas River Valley are improved with the development of 'Bumpers' eastern gamagrass and Hampton Germplasm big bluestem
  • Droughty conditions in Arkansas, southern Missouri, and eastern Oklahoma are addressed through evaluation of Indiangrass ecotypes for forage production, wildlife habitat, and conservation cover.
  • Grazing management practices are improved in Arkansas, southern Missouri, and eastern Oklahoma through cooperative research with the Agriculture Research Service.
  • Evaluation of native plant selections and conservation plant releases from other plant materials centers for potential conservation use in the southern Ozarks
  • Cool and warm season annual cover crops are evaluated for adaptation and productivity for soil health in western Arkansas

PROVIDE PLANT MATERIALS AND PLANT TECHNOLOGY TO OUR CUSTOMERS

Transfer plant information and technology to customers

  • NRCS field office staff are trained in plant identification, establishment, and management of adapted plant materials for conservation programs.
  • Conservation partners in Arkansas are trained in the use of cultural techniques for establishment and management of native grasses.
  • Plant materials technology is transferred to the public through written products, and joint field days, workshops and activities with the Agriculture Research Service.

PROVIDE EQUAL ACCESS FOR ALL AMERICANS TO THE PLANT MATERIALS PROGRAM

Identify groups and individuals that may benefit from the PM program.

  • Historically underserved participants are provided plant material information and technology transfer via local NRCS field offices.

Booneville Plant Materials Center
6883 S. State Highway 23
Booneville, AR 72927-9214
Phone: (479) 675-5182
Fax: (877) 504-6538