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AgCast for Oct. 22

This week, we visit the state livestock show in Little Rock and we learn about the production and use of mass timber in Arkansas. We also talk to about the farming life with Steve Morgan of Johnson County and growing organic with Shawn Peebles of Augusta.
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VIDEO: American Made Apparel | Arkansas owned Stately Cotton

American-made cotton apparel and products are making a comeback thanks to the entrepreneurship of University of Arkansas graduate Michael Waters. The Memphis native established his business, Stately Cotton, several years ago and is using Arkansas grown cotton for his shirts and other fiber products. His goal is to provide jobs for American textile workers and domestic use for one of the state's key commodities.
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AgCast for Oct. 15

This week, we visit with Lee County’s Nathan Reed, who gives us an update on this year’s cotton crop. We also learn about the critical issues on the ballot this Nov. 3 and why they matter for rural Arkansas and we check in with Terry and Robin Fisher, who were 2020 finalists for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association Regional Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award.
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VIDEO: Matt Miles Farm Update | Tropical Weather Effects

Matt Miles is a cotton, corn, rice and soybean farmer from McGehee in Desha County. He’s even trying his hand on a few acres of peanuts. Like many other farmers in southeast Arkansas he’s had to deal with the effects of repeated tropical weather systems during harvest. He provided this update as he was waiting for conditions to dry enough for him to complete his cotton harvest.
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VIDEO: J.K. Farms Update | October weather conditions

Jason Braziel is a vo-ag instructor at Mountain Pine High School in Garland County. But, he also has a cow-calf and hay operation in the Sunshine community. Like other ranchers, he has been baling hay and tending to his cattle when the weather allows. He provided this update from his farm last week during a recent dry spell.
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AgCast for Oct. 8

This week, we hear from the leader of the firefighting team from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division that recently returned from helping to fight the destructive West Coast blazes. We also learn about the Arkansas Food Conservancy’s work in Northwest Arkansas, get an update on this year’s peanut crop and hear from a farmer working to bring in his harvest before more rain arrives this weekend.
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VIDEO: Agritourism Update | Peebles Farm

2020 has been a challenging year for the Peebles Farm agritourism operation near Augusta in Woodruff County, but as Molly Gaskin tells us, they've found ways to accommodate guests despite the pandemic and encourage people to come visit with their families.
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Meat Processing Grant a Success: State Inspection Needed

Arkansas Farm Bureau officials say that the strong response to a new $5 million grant program for expanding and upgrading Arkansas meat processing facilities highlights the need for reviving a state meat inspection program. Last month, the General Assembly allocated funds from the federal CARES Act to create the grant program, which generated 45 applications requesting more than $30 million in funds.
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VIDEO: Market Update | 10.06.20

Producers of corn & soy beans can now apply for a second wave of assistance through the USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Brandy Carroll, ArFB's Director of Commodity Activities & Market Information joined us to share important information about this program.
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