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AgCast: Cotton Crop Update

By Memorial Day weekend, only half of Arkansas’ cotton acreage for 2019 had been planted, but as cotton extension agronomist Bill Robertson tells us, figures obtained by the Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Program show planted cotton acres now exceed 580,000. That means this is the fourth year of increased cotton acreage and the highest planted acreage since 2012. Learn more in this edition of Arkansas AgCast.
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AgCast: Feral Hog Update

Damage to property caused by wild or feral hogs in Arkansas is getting worse. Efforts to trap and kill the destructive swine the past 10 years has had modest success, but they continue to reproduce and move across the state. Fourth District Congressman Bruce Westerman led a roundtable discussion July 1 in Ashley County involving representatives of state agencies and Arkansas Farm Bureau to receive a briefing on the problem and how $75 million USDA is offering to fund pilot projects included in the 2018 Farm Bureau may be utilized to enhance the eradication and control efforts in Arkansas and other states. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Caleb Plyler, chair of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Feral Hog Committee and Mike Sullivan, State Conservationist with NRCS, discuss the severity of the problem and how the pilot eradication and control projects will be implemented in Arkansas.
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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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AgCast: Tell Tells All About STEM Event

Leslee Tell teaches Advanced Nutrition & Dietetics at the Conway Area Career Center in Conway High School. She spoke to us about attending the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s "On The Farm STEM Experience" in May and how it taught her about beef production and provided ideas to share with her students.
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AgCast: Levee Breaches Lead to Crop Loss

Jessica Hamilton and her husband, Cory, farm in the Paris Bottoms of the Arkansas River in Logan County. The couple lost their entire crop of wheat, corn and soybeans when a federal levee along the river was breached during the recent river flood. Hear their story in our latest AgCast.
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AgCast: Rancher Talks About Weathering River Flood

Rancher John Wahrmund of Wahrmund Farms near Point Remove went through some difficulties preparing for flooding from the Arkansas River that's now here. Good friends, family and ranch cowboys helped him through it all. Listen as he tells the story of racing the flood waters to move his cattle to safer and higher ground.
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AgCast: Army Corps on Arkansas River Flooding

Heavy rain in Oklahoma this past week is entering the Arkansas River basin and will result in another historic flooding event, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Weather Service. The Corps is warning farmers, ranchers and property owners in the River Valley to take steps now to protect their livestock and property. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Laurie Driver, Public Affairs Specialist for the Corps of Engineers in Little Rock, describes how severe the flooding is expected to be and why and what farmers and property owners should do to prepare for it.
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AgCast: Crawford County Leaders Learn About Ag

We spoke with Cathy Gifford, a Crawford County Arkansas Farm Bureau Insurance agent, who helped to launch a leadership program for the county that meets rgularly to learn about important industries in the area, including agriculture. We caught up with her during the county agriculture tour.
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AgCast: Legislative Recap with Jean, Fielding

The 92nd Session of theArkansas General Assembly concluded recently and State Representatives Lane Jean and David Fielding were recognized by the Columbia County Farm Bureau at an appreciation dinner. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, representatives Jean and Fielding discuss some of the legislation that was passed that will benefit agriculture and their rural constituents.
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