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AGCAST: USDA's Ted McKinney on Ag Trade Outlook

The ongoing trade dispute with China, a record U.S. soybean crop in need of new export markets, and the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement were some of the key issues addressed by Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs at USDA, during the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, McKinney discusses efforts to resolve the trade war with China and other trade issues facing agriculture as we approach the New Year.
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AGCAST: Interview with Leadership Award Winner Dana Stewart

Farm Bureau member and volunteer Dana Stewart made White County proud as she was recognized with the prestigious Stanley E. Reed Leadership Award at the state convention in Hot Springs, Nov. 28. Arkansas Agcast visited with her to get her reaction to earning this honor.
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AGCAST: Urgent Cotton Deadline!

In this special edition of Arkansas AgCast, we talk with Terri McManus with the Farm Service Angency about the critical Dec. 7 deadline for producers who have generic seed cotton base who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program for the 2018 crop.
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AGCAST: Workshops Focus on Alzheimer's, Dementia

Many in Arkansas know all too well about the devastating impact Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia can have on families. Providing care for loved ones suffering from these conditions is difficult without adequate support or knowledge. That’s why Arkansas Farm Bureau has partnered with the UAMS Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative to provide training for caregivers at the county level. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Sajni Kumpuris and Laura Spradley of the Collaborative discuss Alzheimer’s and dementia in Arkansas and this effort to help family members of those affected.
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AGCAST: ArFB President Randy Veach on Policy Development

Farmers and ranchers from every county in Arkansas convened in North Little Rock recently to discuss resolutions that will soon become Arkansas Farm Bureau policy. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, ArFB president Randy Veach explains the importance of this grassroots policy development process and why it will determine the organization’s state and federal legislative blueprint for 2019.
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AGCAST: Talking Turkey with a Grower

Thanksgiving is upon us. And that means turkeys. Wild turkey was the bird of choice for the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving feast shared with the local indians. Butterball is the choice of Logan County poultry grower Brian Weisenfels. Listen as he tells about raising turkeys in this edition of Arkansas Ag Cast.
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AGCAST: Soybean Struggles

Derek Haigwood, a fourth-generation row-crop farmer from Newport, serves as a United Soybean Board director and chairman of the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC). In this podcast, he discusses how many soybean farmers are facing a devastating hit to their bottom line this year due to low prices, trade issues, weather problems and more, and talks about USSEC efforts to create new markets and keep existing customers.
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AGCAST: Farm to School in Arkansas

October is Farm to School Month, so for our latest Arkansas Agcast, we sat down with Andy Guffey, Farm Bureau's director of education and outreach, to discuss this innovative educational program that brings agriculture and schools together, teaching students where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture to our state and country.
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AGCAST: Dr. Charles Looney on Cattle Breeding

A native Arkansan, Dr. Charles Looney spent much of his career working in the cattle reproduction industry outside the state. He recently returned to Arkansas to fill an animal science position at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture’s Southwest Research and Extension Center. Artificial Insemination, or A.I., has revolutionized cattle breeding, but in this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Dr. Looney says the technology is being under-utilized and he intends to meet with Arkansas cattlemen through a series of workshops and educate them on how to use A.I.
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AGCAST: More from the Modern Cowboy

Earl Pepper, who turns 75 later this year, can't recall a time when he wasn't around horses. Raised in Alabama, he now lives near DeQueen, where he tends cattle on horseback. Pepper has a love and respect for horses and, in this edition of Arkansas Agcast, he shares his story and explains why he believes horses are an important part of our culture and heritage.
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