UAPB Rural Life Conference Postponed Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Humanities

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has postponed hosting its traditional Rural Living Conference this year due to rising COVID-19 infections, Dr. Bruce W. McGowan said, acting dean/director of the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Humanities (SAFHS), said. In previous years, the educational conference was held in February at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. The university is planning a new date within the year to schedule the conference, based on COVID changes.

“Postponing the conference, after having to cancel it last year, was a difficult decision to make,” said Dr McGowan. “What is most important now, however, is ensuring the health and safety of our community members. We at the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Humanities look forward to interacting with our clientele and partners in public forums such as the Rural Life Conference and field days once the pandemic is under control.

Dr. McGowan recommends individuals keep up to date with SAFHS programming by following the school’s Facebook page ( or contact Miss Alicia Dorn, SAFHS Director of Communications for future updates at 870-575-8227.

“Those who follow us on social media will receive updates on all the in-person events we have,” he said. “They also have the chance to participate in virtual educational opportunities offered by our university departments, the Small Farm Program and the 1890 Cooperative Extension Program.”

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