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PODCAST: Specialty Crops Update

Steve Morgan, his son Mark and their families own and operate Peach Pickin’ Paradise near Clarksville. They attended Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Specialty Crops Summer Division Meeting on June 14, and in this conversation they discuss issues facing the fruit and vegetable industry, the quality of their crop this year and more.
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PODCAST: Ag in the Air

An interview with Vernon Caviness, an agriculture aviator/cropduster pilot for Bell Ag Service in Des Arc, and photos of Caviness and other aviators in action. Caviness discusses how the recent river flooding affected business, the challenges flight services face and more.
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PODCAST: Assessing the Flood Damage

Some are saying the effects of this week's flooding could rival that of 2011 floods that caused an estimated $500 million in losses to agriculture. While the full effects of this storm will not be known for several weeks, Dr. Eric Wailes, Distinguished Professor of ag economics with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, offers an early assessment of the magnitude of the recent flood and its impact on rural communities and agriculture.
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PODCAST: Healthcare Update

In our latest podcast, we talk to Craig Wilson of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. Wilson recently updated members of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Rural Health and Safety committee on a number of issues, including the proposed revisions to the state insurance program, the need and prospects for reform and possible impacts on rural communities.
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PODCAST: Ag for Autism

We close out Autism Awareness Month with a discussion about Ag For Autism, a nonprofit organization established in 2012 to help provide education, therapy and support for families with autistic children in rural parts of Arkansas. Nathan Waldrip of Armor Seed in Jonesboro, president of Ag for Autism, explains the program and the need for more support.
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PODCAST: Discussing the 2017 Crop Outlook

The 2017 crop planting season is underway and the USDA’s Agricultural Statistics Service has released its planting intentions report. Listen to Matt King, ArFB director of market information and economics, discuss surprises in the report, what it says about Arkansas and what to expect this year.
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PODCAST: Women Leading in ArFB

More young farm women are voluntarily giving their time to Arkansas Farm Bureau on the state and county level. Peggy Miller chairs the Arkansas Farm Bureau state women’s committee and Donna Bemis serves as vice-chairwoman. The annual state women’s conference was held recently and they took time to discuss the committee’s projects and why it’s important to get more farm women involved to advocate for agriculture.
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PODCAST: YF&R, ArFB Women Fight Hunger

Fighting hunger in Arkansas is a priority for the ArFB Young Farmers and Ranchers and Women’s Committees, and the groups have adopted the “Pack Shack” and Backpack programs as their way of tackling this critical issue in our state. In this conversation, Trent Dabbs, former chair of the state YF&R committee, and Melanie Brown, former elementary school teacher in Lonoke County, discuss these initiatives and being involved in their local communities.
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PODCAST: Agriculture Safety Awareness Week

Agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., but most farm-related injuries and deaths are preventable. Listen as Amanda Williams, education and safety coordinator for Arkansas Farm Bureau, discusses the upcoming Agriculture Safety Awareness Week, the meaning this year’s theme of “Get out of my Space,” and some simple safety basics.
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