A popular Arkansas school field trip destination soon will be no more.
KATV confirmed last night a widely circulating report that Heifer International was ending the education program at its Heifer Ranch in Perry County. Agricultural operations will continue at the 1,200-acre property with an emphasis on helping farmers.
Schools, civic groups and churches took many trips to the ranch to learn about Heifer’s efforts to provide breeding stock to underdeveloped places around the world.
Heifer, which is headquartered in Little Rock, announced on its website:
We have recently decided to end public education programs at the Heifer Ranch in order to focus our resources on farmer training. We are no longer taking Global Gateway, Alternative Break, Field Trip, Service Learning and Self-Guided Tour bookings.
Heifer Ranch will be open to the public until October 3 and for pre-scheduled visits only, after this date.
Finances contributed to the decision, the KATV report indicated. Annie Bergman-Giattina told KATV:
“The shift in our strategy really, at Heifer USA, has meant that we’re working more with farmers on building sustainable enterprises.”