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AGCAST & VIDEO: Produce Safety Workshops

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is holding workshops around the state to certify produce farmers and bring them into compliance with the Food Safety and Modernization Act, a law passed by Congress and signed into law in 2011. We spoke to Assistant Professor Amanda Perez, who is leading workshops, and Clyde Fenton, a program associate working for the U of A Division of Agriculture in Food Systems and Food Safety.
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Farmers' Day at the Legislature 2019 Wrap-Up

On Tuesday, March 12, more than 100 Arkansas Farm Bureau member farmers and ranchers visited the Arkansas State Capitol to share their concerns with legislators and to attend the signing of proclamations declaring March 10-16 as Arkansas Agriculture Week and March 12 as Farmers' Day.
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AGCAST: Blockchain for Ag Business

Livestock farmers Cody Hopkins and Andrea Todt are part of a co-op that sells meat directly to consumers online. They utilize blockchain technology that allows customers to know how their meat was raised, what it was fed, who raised it and more. In this edition of Arkansas AgCast, Hopkins describes the value of block chain technology to his operation and for consumers.
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AGCAST: Blackberry Growers Gather

Around 100 growers and fruit specialists attended a meeting in Little Rock Feb. 16 to discuss the formation of an Arkansas Blackberry Growers Association. It was also an opportunity for growers to learn about a new blackberry variety and how to effectively market their crops. Listen to our interviews with a horticulture specialist and a blackberry grower.
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AGCAST: Beef Industry Update

Arkansas Farm Bureau Chief Economist Travis Justice gives a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-published Arkansas Beef Industry Assessment survey and his perspective of the state's $750 million beef business.
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VIDEO/AGCAST: Cows & Cold Weather

We visited Simon Brothers Dairy near Conway on the coldest day of the year so far and we heard about how cold weather can actually result in more milk. Wet weather, however, is still a concern.
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AGCAST: Local Conversations in Bradley County

The Arkansas Agriculture Department held its 2019 Local Conversations event at the Hermitage Community Center in Bradley County January 17. Specialty crop farmers joined local school food service and nutrition directors, food distribution representatives and other industry representatives to discuss marketing opportunities for locally grown products. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Ron Rainey, director of the UA Division of Agriculture’s Marketmaker Program and Bob Midles, Marketing Director for the Ag Department discuss the success and importance of Local Conversations events.
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AGCAST: Corn Collaboration

A grant from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture is helping fund cutting-edge biotechnology research on corn at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. Dr. Elizabeth Hood, distinguished professor of agriculture at A-State, joined us to discuss the research team’s work, which could ultimately lead to corn strains that produce proteins important for more environmentally sound industrial applications.
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