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Farm Bureau lauds $5 million Meat Processing Grant

Arkansas Farm Bureau on Friday praised Gov. Asa Hutchinson and members of the General Assembly after the body allocated $5 million from the federal CARES Act to create a grant program that will allow custom meat processors in Arkansas to expand and upgrade facilities.
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Arkansas AgCast for Aug. 20

This week, we learn about a potential $5 million grant to help Arkansas meat processors expand. We also talk Catfish Month in Arkansas with Chad Causey of Catfish Farmers of America, and we discuss the recent outbreak of VSV that’s hitting horses in the state.
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VIDEO: Vet Talks VSV Outbreak in Arkansas

Dr. Chelsea Bland Smith, DVM with Broken L Veterinary Services, PLLC, spoke with Gregg Patterson about the recent outbreak of Vesicular Stomatitus Virus (VSV) that’s primarily affecting horses in the state now.
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VIDEO: State Meat Inspection

Keith Sutton talks to ArFB's Chief Economist Travis Justice and Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations about the recent meat shortages in grocery stores and efforts to expand local meat inspections so growers can more efficiently sell their products directly to local consumers.
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AgCast for June 18

This week, we have an in-depth conversation with Arkansas Farm Bureau experts about efforts to establish a state meat inspection program in Arkansas and we chat with Cooperative Extension Service entomologists about summer insect pests Arkansas farmers will be facing.
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Farm Bureau Holds Statewide Virus Recovery Teleconference with Livestock Producers

Arkansas Farm Bureau state leaders and policy specialists met via tele-conference Tuesday with livestock producers to inform them about the U.S. CARES Act Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, known as CFAP. Only producers directly affected by the coronavirus who lost 5% or more raising cattle, swine or lambs are eligible for this program. Cow-calf cattle operations are the dominant livestock production in Arkansas.
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VIDEO: A Day in the Life of a Mobile Veterinarian

Dr. Chelsea Bland Smith operates Broken L Veterinary Services, a mobile clinic, out of her homebase in Nashville, Ark. She is licensed in Arkansas and Oklahoma and works on livestock and pets on farms and homes in both states. Follow along as she takes us through an average day of a mobile vet.
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VIDEO: Arkansas Alpaca

What’s the most unusual farm animal in Arkansas? It might just be the peculiar-looking alpaca. Deborah Shannon of Sweet Clover Alpacas in Conway talks about these South American imports, which she raises for their fleece.
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VIDEO: A Work Still in Progress

We paid a visit to Allen and Barbara Primm of Hampton, in Calhoun County. The couple were the 2019 Southwest District Farm Family of the Year and they've partnered together for 26 years raising cattle, timber and hay. They love life on their farm and introducing others to it. This is their story.
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