News & Media

VIDEO: Timber Industry Trouble?

After experiencing a six-year period of economic expansion, the Arkansas timber and wood products industry is slowing down, signaled by the closing of two mills in south Arkansas. We spoke to some industry experts about the impact of the closings on Ashley and Union County communties and their thoughts on the severity and length of the slowdown.
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AgCast: UAPB Ag program, Feral Hogs & Rep. Bruce Westerman

On this week’s edition, we have some interesting and in-depth interviews about critical issues in Arkansas agriculture, including news from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff's agriculture program, the latest on efforts to combat feral hogs and a conversation with Arkansas’s 4th District Congressman Bruce Westerman.
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VIDEO: USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue visits Arkansas

USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue was in Arkansas Sept. 4 to participate in a "Town Hall" meeting with agriculture industry leaders and join Gov. Asa Hutchinson for the signing of a Shared Stewardship Agreement dealing with forest practices.
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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: Forestry Grows at UAM

In 2018, the University of Arkansas at Monticello upgraded its forestry and agriculture programs by combining them and creating the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources. And more changes are on the horizon. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Dr. Phil Tappe, dean of the college and director of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center explains how UAM has become the only university in the state with an accredited forestry program and why it is working hard to become the destination for students seeking to enter the timber and forest resources industry.
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AgCast: Academy Trains Wildlands Firefighters

Listen as Joe Fox, Arkansas’s State Forester, and Seward Hamilton, a training specialist for the U.S. Forest Service, talk about the annual Wildands Fire Academy to train wildlands firefighters. The Arkansas Forestry Commission and U.S. Forest Service team up each year with other state and federal agencies to host this multi-state effort to provide continuing education and training to wildlands firefighters.
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VIDEO: Rows & Ranches Highlights Timber

Do you know how important the timber industry is to Arkansas? Forests cover 19 million acres, or about 56 percent of the state, and contain 11.8 billion trees. Learn more in our new Rows & Ranches series on timber in the Natural State. In this introduction, you'll hear about reforestation and the planting process from Tony Cummings of Arkansas Forestry Management Service.
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VIDEO: Managing the Burn

Prescribed burning is process often used in agriculture, so Randy Brents, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission prescribed fire manager, took us out to observe a burn implemented on woodlands in Prairie County. He explained the process and shared some key information private landowners should know.
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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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