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New 'Agri Arkansas' episode premieres Jan. 31 on AETN

Posted 27 Jan 2016

'Agri Arkansas,' a monthly series produced by the Arkansas Educational Television Network, will explore the role the Ouachita Mountains region plays in the state's agriculture Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m.

The January episode of 'Agri Arkansas' focuses on the important role agriculture plays in the Ouachita Mountains, concluding the series' examination of the state's six distinct physiographic regions – the Ozark Plateaus, the Arkansas River Valley, Crowley's Ridge, the Ouachita Mountains, West Gulf Coastal Plain and the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain, commonly known as the Delta. Bordered on the north by the Arkansas River Valley, the south and southeast by the West Gulf Coastal Plain and on the northeast by the Delta, the Ouachita Mountain region is unusual in its east-to-west orientation. 'Agri Arkansas' will investigate the driving force behind the region's agriculture and examine how the landscape affects its residents' agriculture practices.

The episode will also introduce an interesting use of a resource unique to the Ouachita Mountain region by visiting Mountain Valley Spring Water and examining the company's bottling process and job-creating role. Additionally, a segment exploring the operation of Clark's Pecan Orchard in Mayflower is featured. 

Dr. Jeff Allender of the University of Central Arkansas Department of Geography and Richard Wegner of Wegner Crystal Mines in Mt. Ida will join a panel discussion led by host Tony Brooks, former news anchor and veteran reporter, to close the episode.

'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 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).