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AGCAST: Local Conversations in Bradley County

The Arkansas Agriculture Department held its 2019 Local Conversations event at the Hermitage Community Center in Bradley County January 17. Specialty crop farmers joined local school food service and nutrition directors, food distribution representatives and other industry representatives to discuss marketing opportunities for locally grown products. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Ron Rainey, director of the UA Division of Agriculture’s Marketmaker Program and Bob Midles, Marketing Director for the Ag Department discuss the success and importance of Local Conversations events.
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AGCAST: Corn Collaboration

A grant from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is helping fund cutting-edge biotechnology research on corn at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Dr. Elizabeth Hood, distinguished professor of agriculture at A-State, joined us to discuss the research team’s work, which could ultimately lead to corn strains that produce proteins important for more environmentally sound industrial applications.
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Carroll Elected Vice Chair of United Soybean Board

Arkansas farmer Jim Carroll III of Monroe County was recently elected vice chair of the United Soybean Board. He sat down with us to discuss the challenges this year’s soybean crop presented and how he's humbled to be elected by his peers to serve agriculture.
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VIDEO: A Christmas Tree Tradition

For Harold and Bobbie McAlpine, growing and selling Christmas trees is more than an occupation. It's a way to share the spirit of the holidays and bring joy to Arkansas families. Learn the story of McAlpine Christmas Tree Farm in Bismarck.
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VIDEO: Ginning with Mr. B

Before it’s ready for making textiles and other goods, cotton must be ginned to remove seeds, clean fibers and prepare bales for shipping. Watch B. Lindsey of Lindsey Brothers Gin in Caldwell (St. Francis County) explain the process from field to fabric.
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AGCAST: Urgent Cotton Deadline!

In this special edition of Arkansas AgCast, we talk with Terri McManus with the Farm Service Angency about the critical Dec. 7 deadline for producers who have generic seed cotton base who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program for the 2018 crop.
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Market Briefs for November 9, 2018

The USDA releases the 2017 MYA for long- and medium-grain rice, while trade issues create more soybean challenges and a deadline is coming up for cotton farmers.
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VIDEO: Picking Peanuts

We visited the farm of Mississippi County Farm Bureau President Heath Donner to talk to him about his peanut crop and learn how peanuts are harvested. Watch our latest video to learn more.
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AGCAST: Soybean Struggles

Derek Haigwood, a fourth-generation row-crop farmer from Newport, serves as a United Soybean Board director and chairman of the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). In this podcast, he discusses how many soybean farmers are facing a devastating hit to their bottom line this year due to low prices, trade issues, weather problems and more, and talks about USSEC efforts to create new markets and keep existing customers.
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