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New 'Agri Arkansas' episode premieres Dec. 27 on AETN

Posted 14 Dec 2015

'Agri Arkansas,' a monthly series produced by the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), will explore the role the Ozarks Plateaus region plays in the state's agriculture Sunday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m.

Continuing this season's examination of the state's six distinct physiographic regions – the Ozark Plateaus, the Arkansas River Valley, the Ouachita Mountains, West Gulf Coastal Plain and the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain, commonly known as the Delta – the December episode of 'Agri Arkansas' focuses on the important role agriculture plays in the Ozark Plateaus. Bordered on the south by the Arkansas River Valley and on the east by the Delta, the Ozark Plateaus encompass much of northern Arkansas. 'Agri Arkansas' will investigate the driving force behind the region's agriculture and examine how the mountainous landscape affects its residents' agriculture practices.

The episode will also observe how Arkansas poultry producers are working to lessen the chances of an avian influenza outbreak during the fall and spring migration cycles and will visit Meadowcreek, a sustainable agriculture community in Fox.

A panel discussion with Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas, and Misty Langdon of Our Green Acre Farms will close the episode. Former news anchor and veteran reporter Tony Brooks hosts.

'Agri Arkansas' is a celebration of agriculture in Arkansas, featuring experts, innovators and challenges all present in the state's largest industry. This monthly series dedicated to Arkansas's agricultural heritage airs on the last Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. Additional information is available at aetn.org/agriarkansas.

The series is funded, in part, by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Moving Image Trust Fund.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).