UA System Division of Agriculture, UA-Monticello Announce Partnership with Five Oaks Foundation


The University of Arkansas at Monticello, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Five Oaks Foundation will sign a collaborative agreement creating a formal agricultural research arrangement. Property at Five Oaks will be utilized for extensive research and instruction in a new graduate certificate program to be offered by UAM.

Remarks and an agreement signing will be followed by optional vehicle property tours of the 6,000 acre estate.

More Details:

  • Five Oaks Ag Research and Education Center was founded this year as a public charity.
  • Research to focus on health and conservation of bottomland hardwoods and waterfowl.
  • New program will offer graduate certificate in property, land management and utilized applied research to train future wetland property managers.
  • Research from this partnership will focus on means to improve the health of the state’s bottomland hardwood forests, especially red oaks, a key species in Arkansas. The groups will also look at how these improvements affect mallard and other dabbling duck populations.
  • UAM is home to both the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, which handles academics and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, funded by the Division of Agriculture for research.

Thursday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Five Oaks Duck Lodge
South of Stuttgart
1895 Hwy 152
Humphrey, AR 72073


  • George Dunklin, Jr. – President, Five Oaks Agriculture Research and Education Center, Inc. – Dunklin is a Former Arkansas Game & Fish Commissioner and Former Ducks Unlimited President
  • Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt – President, UA System
  • Dr. Mark Cochran – Vice President, UA System Division of Agriculture
  • Dr. Peggy Doss –  Chancellor, UA-Monticello
  • Dr. Doug Osborne – Associate Professor of wildlife management at UA-Monticello; Program Coordinator for Wetland & Waterfowl Habitat Management Graduate Certificate
  • Jody Pagan, Chief Biologist at Five Oaks


After the tented outdoor signing event, vehicle tours of the 6,000 acre property will be offered. Near neighboring Stuttgart, the “Rice and Duck capital of the World,” Five Oaks is adjacent to the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area – the heart of the Mississippi Flyway. Expect to see thousands of waterfowl on flooded timber and rice fields.

Additional photos of the Five Oaks property are available for preview at  .

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