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Daily Digest: December 13, 2019


The Power of Hemp: Donna Porter Blazes Trails with HelloHemp!

Lifetime horticulturist and Botanical Garden of the Ozarks trailblazer Donna Porter is harnessing the healing power of a single plant to help others. She’s putting decades of knowledge to work to offer the Northwest Arkansas community some of the best CBD and hemp-derived products on the market through her new business HelloHemp!

Porter’s fascination with horticulture science was sparked in the early 1980s after reading a comprehensive and scientific book about cannabis. Read the full story here.


Today’s Power Developing New Solar Array for City of Paris

The city of Paris, Arkansas is adding solar power capabilities to generate electricity for its citizens.

City officials, along with Today’s Power Inc. (TPI) broke ground on the new solar array in Paris today (Dec. 12). The 1.5 megawatt solar tracking array will sit on eight acres in Paris and is expected to generate 70,745,150 kilowatt/hour (kWh) over the course of 25 years. Read the full story here.

U.S. and Chinese officials reportedly strike Phase One trade deal.



State Plant Board Votes to Change Several Dicamba Regulations

The Arkansas State Plant Board has revised regulations concerning the use of dicamba in Arkansas. During a public meeting on Wednesday, the board, which is part of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, voted on proposed rule changes for the herbicide.

The board voted to make three changes to the rules. The first change was to remove a requirement for GPS mapping and online registry for dicamba applications. Read the full story here.

Tim Griffin: Passions, Not Plans, Guide Political Path.



Mercy Hospital System Receives Almost $500K USDA Grant

Three Arkansas hospitals, all affiliated with the St. Louis, Missouri-based Mercy system, recently received grants from the United States Department of Agriculture through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine program.

The grant was for $496,349 and will be spread across a total of nine hospitals in four states in the Mercy system. Read the full story here.

UAMS receives $4 million to study digital health care delivery.


UA Architecture Projects Recognized at Design Awards

The Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas has garnered international acclaim, with both its Community Design Center and faculty-led Somewhere Studio winning honorable mentions in the Architect’s Newspaper’s (AN) annual Best of Design awards.

Architecture’s answer to the Oscars, the 2019 AN Best of Design Awards received more than 800 entries from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Read the full story here.

Pittman’s hire is a good value for UA football.

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