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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: Visiting a Large-Animal Veterinarian

With large facilities and state-of-the-art technology, large-animal vet clinics can efficiently and effectively provide the services Arkansas cattle ranchers need to raise healthy livestock. With a limited number of large-animal vets offering on-farm visits, ranchers are thinking differently about animal care and hitting the road with their animals to visit these specialized facilities. Learn more from one clinic operator and a cattleman using his services.
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Market Briefs for August 15, 2019

The latest news on the fallout from this week's release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) August crop production report.
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VIDEO: Arkansas Ag Law & Order

Many people don’t know it, but at the Arkansas Agriculture Department, a team of specialized law enforcement officers is working day and night throughout the state to investigate agricultural crimes such as wildfire arson, timber theft, livestock theft, agricultural and forestry equipment theft and vandalism.
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AgCast: ArFB's Matt King on the Market Facilitation Program, Trade

President Donald Trump recently authorized a second round of Market Facilitation Program payments to farmers and ranchers to offset economic losses due to the ongoing trade dispute with China and loss of that important market. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Matt King, Director of National Affairs for Arkansas Farm Bureau, encourages producers to sign up for the payments before the deadline in December and explains why exporting our agricultural products is necessary to maintain a viable ag economy.
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VIDEO: Trade Talk with Japanese Ambassador

Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, joined Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach on a visit to the farm of Robby Bevis near Scott in Lonoke County. The ambassador was visiting Arkansas from the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. to discuss possible agricultural trade expansion.
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AgCast: Crawford Talks Farm Economy, Trade

The August Congressional recess has begun and Congressman Rick Crawford kicked off his annual farm tour by joining Lonoke farmers and ranchers for a roundtable discussion of issues affecting the 2019 farm economy. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Crawford shares his thoughts on the tariff war with China, how African Swine Fever is impacting China's need for U.S. soybeans and why Arkansas farmers may need to “diversify their ag portfolio."
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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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