Clarence Watson, associate vice president
The Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, a statewide unit of the UA Division of Agriculture, conducts scientific research on the dynamic biological, environmental, economic, and social systems involved in the production, processing, marketing, and utilization of food and fiber, community development, and family studies.
The experiment station, with a faculty of approximately 200 doctoral-level scientists, is an essential part of the research and technology infrastructure that supports Arkansas agriculture and the food and fiber sector.
Experiment station research is conducted in agricultural and environmental sciences, marketing and economics, social issues affecting families and rural communities, nutrition, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, and other dynamic scientific disciplines.
Many faculty in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences conduct research in the experimental station. The result is a wealth of opportunity for students to study and work with some of the nation’s most respected scientists. Graduate students work on master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation research projects as part of a team of experiment station scientists in modern laboratories, greenhouses, and field research facilities.
The mission of the Division of Agriculture, through the combined efforts of the Experiment Station and Extension Service, is to provide new knowledge to strengthen the state’s food and fiber sector; assure a safe food supply; conserve natural resources and protect the environment; and assist in the economic and social development of communities, families, and individuals, particularly in the rural areas of the state.