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VIDEO: Bringing in the Rice Harvest

Harvest season is in full swing, so we visited Tollville rice farmer Mason Sickel to capture some of the hard work that's happening in the fields right now.
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VIDEO: Good Crop, Tough Year

Arkansas farmers have faced many challenges this year, but even those who managed to grow good crops are finding it hard to make ends meet. Third-generation farmer Benton Felts of Joiner shares his thoughts on the difficulties producers are facing due to low commodity prices, trade issues and other problems.
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VIDEO: Soil Moisture Sensors Save Water, Money

Technology is changing the way farmers irrigate their crops and monitor soil moisture in their fields. Farmers Jacob Appleberry and Jon Carroll say remote soil moisture sensors, which they access with an App on their phones, are helping them conserve water and cut the cost of irrigation.
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AgCast: Visiting a Vet & Talking Hops as a Crop

On this week's Arkansas AgCast, we visit a large animal vet in Morrilton and talk with UA Extension Horticulture Specialist Amanda McWhirt about the possibility of growing hops in Arkansas to support the state's burgeoning craft beer industry.
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VIDEO: Corn Harvest Begins

Corn harvest has begun in Arkansas, so we visited Jacob Appleberry's A & A Farms in Tillar to get some footage of the work. See what's happening and learn more about what it takes to bring in the corn crop each year.
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VIDEO: Hope for Hops in Arkansas

The UA Fruit Research Station near Clarksville held its first hops workshop August 15. Hops are what adds bitterness and aroma to beer. Watch our latest video to see how Extension horticulture specialist Amanda McWhirt and her team are exploring opportunities for farmers to grow hops in Arkansas to feed the growing local craft brewing industry.
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Introducing the New, Weekly Arkansas AgCast

Arkansas Farm Bureau has launched an expanded, weekly Arkansas AgCast. This week’s inaugural edition focuses on the challenging season for soybean growers and features interviews with Newport soybean farmer Derek Haigwood, chairman of the U.S. Soybean Export Council and United Soybean Board of Directors member, and Dr. Jeremy Ross, Extension Soybean Agronomist.
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VIDEO: New Arkansas Rice Research & Promotion Board Chair

Roger Pohlner of Fisher is the new chairman of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board. We visited with him at the recent Rice Field Day in Stuttgart and learned about some of ways the board hopes to improve profitability for the state’s rice farmers this year.
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VIDEO: Experts Offer Crop Update

During a recent field day at the Rohwer Research Station, Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service agronomists Jason Kelley and Jarrod Hardke updated southeast Arkansas farmers on the condition of the state's corn, rice and soybean crops after one of the wettest spring planting and summer growing seasons in memory.
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VIDEO: Produce Grower Talks Success, Struggles & the Future

James Meeks is a fifth-generation farmer who has become known across Arkansas and region for his tomato, watermelon and "u-pick" produce operation near Hamburg in Ashley County. He and his business partner have overcome regulatory and workforce challenges and built their Triple M Farms into a key tomato provider for Walmart, Subway restaurants and a number of roadside vendors. He spoke to us about his love of growing tomatoes, industry challenges and the uncertain future of the business.
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