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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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AGCAST: School Garden Sweet Potatoes

This week students at Sheridan Intermediate School harvested sweet potatoes they planted last spring, just in time for the holidays and Farm to School Month. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Grant County Cooperative Extension Service staff chair Brad McGinley and his wife Serena, a science teacher at the school, discuss the importance of the garden to students and the community.
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AGCAST: Farm Bill Update

The 2014 Farm Bill expires September 30, meaning the deadline for Congress to approve a new Farm Bill is this Sunday. Farmers and ranchers need the certainty and protection the new Farm Bill will provide and a House-Senate Conference Committee has been meeting for weeks to reach a compromise, but so far no agreement has been struck. Hear what ArFB's Matt King has to say about what will happen if a deal isn't reached.
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AGCAST: Alstons Bring "Farm" to the Tables at UA Rich Mountain

Luke and Deedee Alston are participating in the "farm-to-school" movement in Arkansas by providing fresh vegetables and produce from their Holly Springs Homestead to the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Community College in Mena. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, the Alstons and Student Union Manager Jason Wood discuss this partnership and future plans for expansion.
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AGCAST: Training Future Foresters

In Clark County and across southwest Arkansas, the need for certified trained loggers is about to increase with construction of the announced Sun Bio pulp plant near Arkadelphia. With this in mind the local school system, along with three partner groups, invested more than $100,000 to purchase a Forestry Equipment Training Simulator Trailer. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Superintendent Allen Blackwell and Vo-Ag instructor Justin Rowland discuss how the simulators will train students in how to harvest timber, then load logs onto trucks for delivery to local mills, certifying them for potential careers in the logging industry.
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AGCAST: Facing the Feral Hog Problem

Wild or feral hogs have been reported in all 75 counties in Arkansas, carrying disease and causing extensive damage to property. Darwin Hendrix of Pike County is a member of the state feral hog eradication task force and he’s been trapping feral hogs for 10 years with some success. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, he discusses his efforts to deal with the destructive hogs and what will be necessary to address this costly problem at the state level.
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AGCAST: Terry Pollard on Cotton Farming

Terry Pollard of Piggott farms some corn and soybeans, but 1,260 of his 2,200 acres are planted in cotton this year. We visited with Terry on his Clay County farm to learn more about raising cotton from planting to harvest.
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AGCAST & VIDEO: A Family Watermelon Tradition

John Kirkpatrick and his daughter Cindy were on hand for the 42nd annual Hope Watermelon Festival, selling melons grown on their farm at Willisville. Growing and selling watermelons is a family tradition that has lasted decades and the father-daughter team share their memories.
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