Students, farmers and University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture research and Extension faculty members have begun a series of visits to China, and will host Chinese visitors, to learn about advanced methods of extending the growing season for fruits and vegetables.

Future trips will include farmers from Arkansas, Mississippi and Florida, and the universities will host groups of students, farmers and faculty members from China over a period of three years.

The program, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is designed to help U.S. farmers use economical methods similar to those widely used in China to extend the growing season of fruits and vegetables.

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