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VIDEO: Farmer Update | Lou Jamison, Howard County

Jamison Orchard, a peach orchard, in Nashville has been producing and supplying the sweet summer fruit to faithful customers for decades. Joey Jamison passed away two years ago but his widow Lou is keeping the multi-generation operation going without him. But she's had to fight the elements including flooding rains, late spring freezes and this year the first sub-zero temperatures she's ever encountered. Temperatures that reached -8 degrees during the February winter storm killed the buds on all but 200 of her 3,500 trees. This is not the first peach crop they've had damaged or destroyed and like Joey, Lou Jamison is a survivor. And Lou wants her loyal farmers market customers to know that though it may be a much smaller crop, she hopes to have some of her favorite varieties ready to sell this summer.
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Arkansas AgCast | April 1, 2021

We hear about progress and obstacles to early planting in the state and get a new update on agriculture-focused initiatives at the state legislature.
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VIDEO: Farmer Profile | Sammy Angel, Chicot County

Chicot County row crop farmer and former state representative Sammy Angel wears many hats. He was recently elected president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. He is also chairman of the Arkansas Department of Agriculture board, chair of the Chicot Memorial Medical Center board, Lake Village Fire Department Chief and he manages the historic Epstein Cotton Gin in Lake Village. We visited with him recently for a tour of the more than 100-year-old gin and let him share the importance and mission of his new role with the Ginners Association.
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Farm Bureau Hires Powell for Local Affairs, Rural Development Role

Philip Powell has been hired as assistant director of public affairs and government relations at Arkansas Farm Bureau, where he will focus on local affairs and rural development and serve as a member of the lobbying team for the state’s largest agricultural advocacy organization.
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Farm Bureau Awards Outdoor Garden Mini-Grants

Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation has awarded a total of $4,000 in Outdoor Classroom Garden Mini-Grants to 10 schools and FFA programs across the state. Six schools received grants in the amount of $500.
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VIDEO: Senate Ag Committee | Dairy Legislation

Arkansas dairy farmers testified in support of HB 1729 during a Senate Agriculture Committee meeting March 23. The legislation safeguards the state's dairy industry by leveling the playing field and ensuring Arkansas dairy producers are paid a fair price for their product - Class 1 fluid milk. Arkansas Farm Bureau supports the bill and following the committee meeting Bill Haak, chair of ArFB's dairy division, spoke about why passage of the legislation is so support and the grassroots process that brought dairy farmers to this point.
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VIDEO: 2021 National Peanut Month

Delta Peanut leaders Tommy Jumper, David Wildy and Byron Small shared their thoughts on Arkansas' growing peanut industry at an Arkansas Peanut Month celebration in Jonesboro March 25.
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Arkansas AgCast | March 25, 2021

On this week’s edition, we learn how the state’s berry and peach crops fared after the hard freeze and winter storm of late February and we get one more update on happenings at the state legislature, including the latest on relaunching a state meat inspection program.
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VIDEO: National Ag Day Honor

In honor of National Agriculture Day, State Sen. Greg Leding was recognized by Arkansas Farm Bureau and state dairy farmers for his lead sponsorship of what is now Act 131, which helps safeguard animal agriculture in Arkansas. Sen. Leding, Farm Bureau Secretary-Treasurer Dan Wright and Farm Bureau Director of Policy Development Jessica Burkham share why protecting and celebrating agriculture is so important.
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