A monthly series dedicated to Arkansas's agricultural heritage airing the last Sunday of the each month at 1 p.m.
"Agri Arkansas" is a celebration of agriculture in Arkansas, featuring experts, innovators and challenges all present in the state's largest industry. It is designed to celebrate agriculture in Arkansas, develop conversations on complex issues.
According to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension, agriculture accounted for $17 billion of value added to the Arkansas economy in 2011 and provides approximately one in every six jobs in the state.
"'Agri Arkansas' is not your granddad's farm report," AETN producer Kevin Clark said. "Our segments will reintroduce our audience to the source of their food. We will illustrate how Arkansas is in the top 25 states in the production of 24 agricultural commodities. Arkansas is the top producer in the U.S. for rice and baitfish, second in broilers and third in catfish and turkey. 'Agri Arkansas' will celebrate Arkansas's successes and illuminate issues important to both farmers and consumers."
The series is funded, in part, by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Moving Image Trust Fund.
Agri Arkansas October 2016 "Learn By Doing." Three words heard by about six million youth nationwide and over 140,000 kids in Arkansas. It's the motto of the 4H organization. 4H is present in all 75 of Arkansas's counties and has a long history in our state. In this episode we take a look at 4H.
Agri Arkansas September 2016 This month's Agri Arkansas takes a look at technology in agriculture. Plus we visit an old ball field in Heber Springs that has been re-purposed as a community garden. And we visit a farmer's market outside of Vilonia called PaPaw's market.
Agri Arkansas June 2016 The Natural State's global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We'll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5.
Agri Arkansas May 2016 Take a look at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station near Clarksville and a true "farm-to-table" dinner in Scott.
Agri Arkansas April 2016 As we celebrate AETN's fiftieth anniversary this year, Agri Arkansas takes a look back at just a few of the historical highlights of the last one-hundred-fifty years in three of Arkansas's agricultural powerhouses: cotton, rice and poultry. While our state's agricultural heritage is rich and diverse well beyond these three sectors, they have each in their own way defined and reflected the state of agriculture in the state of Arkansas. Also, we visit an educational farmstead called The Phoenix Center just outside of Russellville, Arkansas as University of the Ozarks' sustainable agriculture students pitch in on a workday. Plus, we travel down to Hot Springs and take a look at their community gardening program.
Agri Arkansas March 2016 An in-depth look at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. With locations in all 75 counties, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is a valuable agricultural resource for Arkansans. Also, we will visit a unique operation in Clinton, Arkansas called The Dirty Farmer's Community Market.
Agri Arkansas January 2016 Agri Arkansas concludes its look at agriculture in each of Arkansasís 6 physiographic regions. This month, the Ouachita Mountain region. Unusual in North America due to its east-to-west orientation, the Ouachita Mountain region presents a different set of challenges than operators in the Ozarks experience. Also, we will travel up to northeast Arkansas to see how cotton farmers are dealing with herbicide resistant Pigweed. And finally we will visit a pecan orchard in central Arkansas.
Agri Arkansas December 2015 Agri Arkansas continues its look at agriculture in each of Arkansas's 6 physiographic regions. This month, the Ozarks. What is the driving force behind agriculture in the Ozarks? How does the mountainous landscape affect agriculture practices in the Ozarks? Plus, with the fall and spring migrations bearing down upon us we will take a look at what poultry producers are doing to lessen the chance of and Avian Influenza outbreak. Also, we will visit a sustainable agriculture community in Fox, Arkansas called Meadowcreek. Panelists include Harrison Pittman, Director of the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas and Misty Langdon, of Our Green Acre farms.
Agri Arkansas October 2015 This month's Agri Arkansas continues our look into agriculture in each of Arkansas's 6 physiographic regions. The Gulf Coastal Plain encompasses much of the southern part of the state; with the Ouachita Mountains bordering the north and the Delta to the east. As with other physiographic regions in the state, agriculture plays an important role in the Gulf Coastal Plain. Also, we examine best management practices for timberland. Panelists include Dr. Victor Ford, Director and Professor with the University of Arkansas's Division of Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Hope and Bruce Jackson, a rancher and farmer in Sevier County.
Each episode features segments from around Arkansas and discussions with experts. Former news anchor and veteran reporter Tony Brooks will host the series.
"I'm looking forward to sharing stories about the number one industry in Arkansas," Brooks said. "The series will bring our viewers into the daily lives of the men and women who make our farms and ranches some of the most productive in the nation and the world. We'll learn about the tremendous diversity of Arkansas agriculture and how important this industry is to our state's economy. I encourage everyone to tune in and come to know more about their neighbors who help feed the world."
Future topics for the series include: Farm Family of the Year, the poultry and rice industries, alternative fuel, technology and innovation, the local movement and urban farming, prison farms, minorities in agriculture, corporate agriculture, the independent farmer, aquaculture and future farmers, among many others.