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PODCAST: Dealing with black vultures

Black vultures are a persistent problem for some farmers around the state. The population of these aggressive vultures has increased in recent years and this has led to an increase in property damage and livestock loss. Learn more about this issue and potential solutions in our latest podcast.
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PODCAST: FFA Leader reflects, talks future

Taylor McNeel of Vilonia is set to graduate from Southern Arkansas University this spring, after taking a year off in 2016 to serve as president of the national FFA organization. Taylor attended the Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher conference this past weekend and sat down to discuss her past and future and why it's up to millennials like herself to be the “voice” for agriculture now, not just in the future.
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PODCAST: Timber industry update

At the recent Arkansas Farm Bureau Forestry Division meeting, we sat down with Max Braswell, executive vice president of the Arkansas Forestry Association, to discuss a range of issues, from wildfire prevention and the need for more non-commercial landowners to participate in the association's tree farm program to the overall outlook for the industry in 2018. Listen to our interview to learn more.
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PODCAST: Equine forum scheduled

A forum to bring all members of the Arkansas equine industry together to address priority issues facing horse ownership has been scheduled for later this year. Steve Jones chairs the ArFB Equine Division and in this conversation says the forum is needed to help unify the equine community in the state.
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PODCAST: Smoke Management Guidelines

Listen to our interview with Arkansas Farm Bureau State Board Member Jon Carroll of Moro as he discusses the work of the Voluntary Smoke Management Guidelines Task Force recently formed by the state’s rice industry. Task force members are working together to find ways farmers can voluntarily manage this smoke from field burning to reduce the possibility of any associated health and environmental impacts.
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PODCAST: Cold Bug Control

Subfreezing temperatures the past two weeks may actually be a blessing to Arkansas soybean producers and some other growers. The cold weather has helped reduce the troublesome redbanded stink bug population in the state. In this conversation, Dr. Gus Lorenz, University of Arkansas Extension entomologist, says that while mild winters the past couple of years has allowed the stink bug to thrive in the state, that shouldn’t be the case in 2018.
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PODCAST: The Farm Babe on Food Myths

Michelle Miller, a popular blogger and speaker known as "The Farm Babe," spoke at the 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Convention in Nashville. We caught up to her after her presentation for a discussion about some common food myths, how farmers can connect with consumers and more.
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PODCAST: Cattle Industry Outlook for 2018

The U.S. cattle industry is producing more beef than at any time in history and demand for it continues to expand domestically and around the world. In this conversation, Dr. Darrell Peel, a livestock marketing specialist at Oklahoma State University, discusses the current state of the industry and what cattlemen may expect entering the new year.
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PODCAST: Riced Vegetable Controversy

We sat down with Arkansas Rice Federation Executive Director Lauren Waldrip Ward to discuss the rise of "riced" vegetable products and the problematic way these products are being marketed to consumers.
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PODCAST & VIDEO: Drought hits ranchers, winter wheat

Arkansas has been experiencing drought conditions since September, and the month of November was the driest on record for many counties. The lack of rainfall is limiting the amount of pasture available to ranchers for grazing herds and preventing some from planting winter wheat. Hear more about the drought problems from two UA Extension experts and a Polk County rancher.
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