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Arkansas Agriculture | Spring 2021

Go behind the scenes of the new agriculture-focused "Good Roots" segment on Arkansas PBS, hear what recently retired soil and water expert Dr. Andrew Sharpley has to say about his distinguished career and deep connections to agriculture, and find out what important farming-related legislation was passed in the recent session of the Arkansas Legislature.
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Arkansas AgCast | June 17, 2021

On this week's edition, we travel through Southeast Arkansas to hear from some farmers facing heavy losses after last week’s floods. We also get an update on the Mississippi River bridge closure at Memphis and we hear how farmers and ranchers can avoid heat-related illnesses this summer.
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Arkansas Farm Bureau to host Connectivity Summit Sept. 8

Arkansas Farm Bureau will host the Arkansas Connectivity Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The event will focus on developing plans to improve high-speed, broadband connectivity and cellular connectivity in Arkansas and will feature government and community leaders, industry stakeholders and others, including keynote speaker, Commissioner Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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VIDEO: Cicadas | Dr. Aaron Cato, University of Arkansas Extension

In this video Dr. Aaron Cato, extension specialist and horticulture IPM with the U of A cooperative extension service teaches us about the Brood X variety, which are making headlines across the country this year. He also shares the history of Cicadas, including the 13-year emergence, which we’ll see here in Arkansas. Finally, we wrap up with good information for growers and homeowners regarding damage and we’ll even learn if these insects are safe to eat.
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VIDEO: Flooding Update - Aquaculture | Mike Freeze, Keo

Flooding has been devastating for many row crop farmers in parts of the state, but excess rainfall is also creating serious problems in another sector that may surprise many. We spoke with Keo Fish Farm owner Mike Freeze about the damage rising water has done in Lonoke County and to aquaculture across Arkansas.
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VIDEO: Visiting the Flood Zone

Today, Arkansas Farm Bureau leaders and staff visited Desha County to see flooding damage and visit with local farmers and officials. The day began with ArFB President Rich Hillman opening a press conference and community discussion at the Dumas Community Center with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward, along with members of the state legislature, including Rep. Mark McElroy and State Senator Ben Gilmore. It concluded with visits to flooded farms and facilities and another community meeting in McGehee.
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VIDEO: Flooding Update with Jon Carroll

Heavy rains this week flooded several hundred acres of soybeans, corn and rice on Jon and Jim Carroll‘s Monroe County farm. Jon explains the problems they and other Arkansas farmers now face as a result of the wet weather.
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