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VIDEO: Meet the Hills

Meet Nathan and Nicole Hill, swine, poultry and cattle producers near the community of Newhope on the Pike and Howard County line. Nathan left a job as a high school football and baseball coach, while Nicole left a nursing career in Texas to move back home to Arkansas and start their farm. Together, Nicole and Nathan – a member of this year’s President’s Leadership Council – are raising their four children to appreciate the farming way of life.
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VIDEO: Growing a Strong Ag Program

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia has seen a steady growth trend in recent years, thanks in part to its Agriculture Department, which is attracting more and more students from across the state and region. Watch and learn more from the department's director, Dr. Jeffry Miller, and second-year student Brady Gentry.
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PODCAST: Thanksgiving Meal Costs Down in the U.S.

For the third year in a row, it will cost consumers in Arkansas and across the country a little less to prepare the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Hear why in our new podcast about the American Farm Bureau's 32nd annual survey of Thanksgiving meal costs.
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Survey: Thanksgiving Feast Cost Down Slightly

The average cost of the traditional Thanksgiving meal this year is pennies less than in 2016 according to Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 32nd annual survey of food items typically included in the holiday feast.
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PODCAST: UA, A-State Partner for Unique Poultry Science Degree Program

The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University announced a partnership to help fill a need for more graduates in poultry science. In our latest podcast, hear ASU College of Agriculture, Engineering and Technology Dean Tim Burcham discuss the launch of this dual transfer "3-plus-1" bachelor’s degree program and its future benefits to the poultry industry in Arkansas.
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Farm Family Spotlight: West Central District

Joel and Amanda Whisenhunt hit the ground running when they purchased their farm in 2001. They have continued to build their operation and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. They're also raising their kids -- the next generation of farmers -- to have the same passion for and dedication to agriculture. Joel and Amanda, and their children Hayden, Lauren and Caleb, are the 2016 Howard County Farm Family of the Year and the 2016 West Central District Farm Family of the Year.
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Farm Family Spotlight: Western District

Joe and Jill Brinkley have faced a major storm that made one house collapse and damaged two others, and they've weathered numerous droughts over the years, but they never quit. Their resiliency and passion for farming are undeniable. Jill and Joe, along with their three children Carrie, Brent, and J.D., are the 2016 Polk County Farm Family of the Year and the 2016 Western District Farm Family of the Year.
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PODCAST: C.O.O.L. Reform

Before adjourning this session for the rest of the year, Congress passed the Omnibus spending bill, which includes legislation repealing mandatory country of origin labeling. This was a critical accomplishment for agriculture. Zac Bradley, director of public policy for Arkansas ...
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