After completing a three-phase Conservation Reserve Program project, Jason Irby is asking the question “what’s next” to obtain the lands greatest potential as well as opportunities for student learning.
Irby met with authorities from Agriculture and Wildlife departments to begin and initiate projects for student learning and development.
Jason Irby continues to move forward in completion of projects for the conservation reserve plan. Irby stands near earth movers used to construct Water Control Structure. This phase in the conservation reserve plan will complete the 3rd and final item in Irby’s plan which includes hardwood trees, native grasses, and a shallow water development.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Forrest Commission, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have all been involved in the implementation of this project.
On Saturday July 25, 2015, Jason Irby arranged to meet his father, J.D. Irby, at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie to reintroduce him to granddaddy’s (Will Irby) farm implement that J. D. grew up using in his youth.
“Dad was like a kid in a candy store as he touched and rekindled memories of Granddaddy’s farm equipment. He seemed so comfortable and energized even as he boarded his dad’s old disk,” Jason Irby said.
J.D. expressed fond memories as he and family members, Narvell, Jason, and Lavern, toured the museum to examine the variety of agriculture and farm related exhibits.
“After I read my short story, Granddaddy Had a Farm, from the Love Within Life series to my dad, he informed me that granddaddy, Will Irby, had implement from our family’s farming history in the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Stuttgart, Arkansas. At that time (around 2007), I didn’t really pay that much attention to my dad’s story, but I decided to follow-up on the information after he mentioned it for a second time in 2014,” shared Jason.
After being established for only one year and four months the baby trees have provided a home for nesting birds, author Jason Irby observed.
“After such a short period of time it has been a rewarding Spring to actually see a habitat come into development. Along with the birds nesting in the baby trees, I have witnessed footprints of many four-legged animals such as deer, bobcat, coyote, turtle, raccoon, and yes I’ve even seen a snake or two,” shared Irby.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s (UAPB) Agriculture Department, Black Male Achievers and Essence of a Woman (campus organizations) joined author Jason Irby on September 14, 2014 at the offices of Senator Stephanie Flowers to give presentations and discussions and address the subject of stopping violence.
Irby, the author of Love Within Life: So, You Want To Stop Violence, hosted the latest book event to encourage the youth to make wise choices. Irby also continued to urge the sports leagues to uphold personal conduct standards and reject rap and hip-hop songs that are violent, inappropriate and contradict the leagues personal conduct policies.
UAPB’s mentoring organizations Black Male Achievers (BMA) and Essence of a Woman (EOAW) were an impressive presence. They displayed the beauty and energy of youth along with wisdom and integrity of future leaders. Continue reading