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VIDEO: An Update from Fowler-Bearden Farms in Hot Spring County

John Michael Bearden and his wife Rachel have a cow-calf and hay operation in rural Hot Spring County. They recently cut and baled hay to feed their cattle this winter. In this update from their farm, John Michael explains the challenges they've had with the weather and supply chain issues resulting from Covid-19. But he also says the pandemic has had positive aspects as well.
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AgCast for July 30

This week, we get an update on cotton from Extension Cotton Agronomist Bill Robertson; we learn about the latest research on blackberries, peaches and grapes; and we talk to state Plant Industries Director Scott Bray about the mysterious seed packages some people have been receiving in the mail. We also hear from Dr. Nathan Slaton of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station about the cancellation of the popular Arkansas Rice Expo event in Stuttgart.
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AgCast for July 23

This week, we learn about a major donation by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation to support the Arkansas Discovery Farms Project and we get the latest on the federal Paycheck Protection Program. We also talk to Altus Mayor Veronica Post about the cancellation of three agriculture-related festivals in her community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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VIDEO: Updates from the Field

Farmers and ranchers around the state check in with updates on their crops and businesses and how weather and the pandemic have impacted their summer so far.
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VIDEO: Keeping School Gardens Growing

Students are home on their summer break, as schools in Arkansas anticipate reopening in August. Sarah Lane, Farm to School and Early Childhood Education Program coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, provides an update on how school gardens are being maintained during the summer and how Farm to School is more important than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic, continuing to provide fresh, local produce for children and families in need.
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VIDEO: Me & McGee Market Makes Adjustments, Stays Busy

According to Logan Duvall of Me & McGee Market on Highway 70, business has been steady despite the ongoing pandemic. However, Duvall explains that somes small changes have been made to keep customers and employees safe, and masks are required for all visitors. The market, located east of Little Rock, is known for its fresh, local produce, floral arrangements and canned goods, along with food trucks that visit each week.
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Arkansas Agriculture for Spring 2020

In this issue, we examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the business of agriculture and various commodity markets. We also explore the details of government programs designed to help reduce the impact of the outbreak on farmers and ranchers.
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AgCast for June 11

This week, we are joined by Lou Jamison, owner of Jamison Orchard in Nashville, who tells us about her family’s peach orchard and how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected their business. We also talk to our own Brandy Carroll to get the facts on the recent 9th Circuit court ruling on dicamba and we chat with Michael Sparks of the new Arkansas Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Karin Endy of the Northwest Arkansas Food Systems Program.
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AgCast Video Extra: Timber Troubles

Arkansas timber production in March and April declined 480,000 tons, down 15% from a year ago. Family-owned logging and log trucking businesses are suffering from a reduction in wood fiber being sourced from our forests and industry organizations are seek assistance from Congress. We spoke to John McMinn, forestry division coordinator for Arkansas Farm Bureau, about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on this vital sector of Arkansas agriculture and our state's economy.
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AgCast for June 4

This week, we are joined by Yell County Judge Mark Thone, who tells us about the ongoing work to restore damaged river levees in his area. We also chat with Arkansas Game & Fish Commission's Luke Lewis and JP Fairhead of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture about feral hog eradication efforts and with Diana Endicott, executive director of The Food Conservancy in Springdale.
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