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VIDEO: The Farming DNA

Jeff Edwards has been farming in the Sherrill-Pastoria community near Pine Bluff for most of his life. Like others in the Arkansas River valley, he lost cropland to the historic flooding earlier this year. He and his family have weathered challenges like this before, though, and Jeff plans to continue farming until, “the Lord calls him home.” Watch to learn more.
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VIDEO: Expert Interviews at O&L Conference

A variety of industry, education and government experts attended our recent Officers & Leaders conference in Hot Springs. We caught up with a few of these presenters for video interviews, including Farm Service Agency State Executive Director David Curtis and Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Mike Sullivan. Hear what they had to say about disaster recovery, new programs and more.
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VIDEO: Facing the Storm

The first general session of our 71st Officers & Leaders Conference opened with this video about the challenging 2019 season and the rain and flooding that have made it so difficult for farmers and ranchers across the state. See for yourself how they've been "facing the storm" and how they plan to keep doing what they love, no matter what Mother Nature may throw at them.
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AgCast: Update on TS Barry Flooding in Howard County

We spoke to Matt Hill, fire chief for Dierks in Howard County, about flooding from Tropical Storm Barry in the southwest part of the state. HIll said the area received more than 17 inches of rain and he described the impact on local rachers and farmers and the timber business in the county.
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VIDEO: Seep Water Swallows Cropland

Kenny Holt grows corn and soybeans in the Snow Lake community of southern Phillips County along the Mississippi River. The river has been near flood stage for several months and "seep water" coming up from underground has flooded thousands of acres of cropland and pasture throughout the region and has helped make this one of the most difficult seasons in Holt's memory.
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AgCast: Levee Breaches Lead to Crop Loss

Jessica Hamilton and her husband, Cory, farm in the Paris Bottoms of the Arkansas River in Logan County. The couple lost their entire crop of wheat, corn and soybeans when a federal levee along the river was breached during the recent river flood. Hear their story in our latest AgCast.
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VIDEO: Rising River Adds to Farmer Woes

Farmer and rancher Sean Brister of Mulberry, Ark., talks about recent rains and rising floodwaters along the Arkansas River and the impact these threats are having on the community where he farms and runs cattle. Floodwaters are rushing in from storm-ravaged Oklahoma along the Arkansas River Valley. According to the National Weather Service, the projected crest of 41 feet should hit Van Buren, Ark. Monday, breaking the record of 38.1 feet set in 1945.
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VIDEO & AGCAST: Freeze Hits Peaches Hard

Several hours of subfreezing temperatures the morning of April 8 damaged much of Joey Jamison’s peach crop and likely that of other peach and berry growers in Arkansas. It’s too early to know the full extent of losses, but Jamison says that, while much of his crop was lost, he believes some of his young peaches survived. Watch and listen to learn more.
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VIDEO: Flooding, storms hit state farmers

Damaging winds and heavy rains caused problems for farmers around the state late last week. More heavy rain is forecast this week, which could lead to more challenges. See the damage and hear from farmers dealing with the weather-related woes.
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