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Agri Arkansas

A monthly series dedicated to Arkansas's agricultural heritage airing the last Sunday of the each month at 12 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."
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The series is funded, in part, by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Moving Image Trust Fund.

Episodes

  • Agri Arkansas April 2017
    This April, Agri Arkansas visits Across the Creek Farm in West Fork. Terrell Spencer, with his wife Carla and their 3 children got their first batch of chickens in 2007. Today they are raising over 10,000 broilers on pasture; as well as a good sized flock of laying-hens. 'Spence' as Terrell is commonly known, served a total of 9 years in the Army, both on active-duty and in the reserves. It was his experiences during a combat tour in Iraq as a machine gunner that drew him into farming. Through a combination of farming and faith, the farm has been a place of healing and growth for the Spencer family. Also, we will visit Little Rock Urban Farming, a community-based food enterprise in the heart of Little Rock.
  • Agri Arkansas March 2017
    This March, Agri Arkansas flies high with Arkansas agriculture. Plus we take a look at the Faulkner County Library's demonstration garden. Guests include agriculture aviator Michael Hutchins and Faulkner County Library Garden Programmer Sean Ott.
  • Agri Arkansas February 2017
    Visit Tri-Cycle Farms in Fayetteville. This community garden's mission is to grow community through soil and to steward food awareness, education and empowerment. We also take a look at the use of social media in agriculture.
  • Agri Arkansas January 2017
    This month, we take a closer look at Cuba, discuss 2016 harvests, and recognize African-Americans’ agricultural accomplishments.
  • Agri Arkansas November 2016
    The history of the Arkansas State Fair dates back as far as 1968. That year the Arkansas State Agricultural and Mechanical Association held a four day event at the end of Center Street in Little Rock. In the years since, the State Fair has moved around quite a bit from North Little Rock to Hot Springs before eventually settling in it's current location in 1945. Since the beginning agriculture has played a major role in the State Fair. This month we take a closer look at Agriculture in the Arkansas State Fair.
  • 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.
  • Agri Arkansas September 2015
    When you think of the Arkansas River Valley, agriculture may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet the diverse topography, geology, and human history of this area have resulted in a fascinating and thriving agricultural region of our state. This broad valley between the Ouachita Mountains to the south and the Ozark Highlands to the north is home to a wide range of agricultural activities which provide a powerful economic foundation to the region while delivering many types of agricultural products for consumers here and around the world. This month on Agri Arkansas, we capture some of these many facets of agriculture in the River Valley.
  • Agri Arkansas July 2015
    Agriculture in Arkansas's 6 physical Regions.
  • Agri Arkansas June 2015
    How has the role of women in agriculture changed over the past few decades?  Dr. Jennie Popp with the University of Arkansas joins us for a discussion.  Also, community gardens all over Arkansas people are coming together this spring to get their hands dirty and source their own food.
  • Agri Arkansas May 2015
    Dive into the waters of Arkansas aquaculture. Arkansas is home to some of the largest fish farms in the United States; and the industry is more diverse than you may think. Also we will learn about the Arkansas Wine Trail. And finally, we will visit with a family in Stuttgart who uses the farming lifestyle to serve in a unique way - as a foster family.
  • Agri Arkansas April 2015
    "It's what's for dinner." So says the advertising campaign for the beef industry. We will take a closer look at the beef cattle industry in Arkansas. Plus we will visit with L. C. Ratchford, a buffalo farmer from Marshall, Arkansas.
  • Agri Arkansas March 2015
    The soybean, often referred to as The Miracle Bean because of its many uses, will be the focus of March's Agri Arkansas.  The soybean crop generates about $1.7 billion annually for Arkansas and is grown on over 3 million acres.  Also this month,  Arkansas is the first state to grow edamame commercially.  One of the fastest growing specialty foods in the United States, edamame is a type of soybean that makes for a great snack.
  • Agri Arkansas January 2015
    The hardest worker in all of Agriculture? Some say it is the honeybee. In January's Agri Arkansas we will take a closer look at Arkansas's state insect. Plus, we will find out if the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder, the spontaneous die-off of entire colonies of bees, has affected Arkansas.  And finally, Backyard Beekeeping - what you need to know. 
  • Agri Arkansas December 2014
    Dairy in Arkansas was once big business, but the past few decades has seen a fall off of the number of active dairy farmers in the Natural State. In December's Agri Arkansas we will take a closer look at the dairy industry.  Plus, raw milk - recent legislation has made it legal to sell raw milk in Arkansas. We will tell you where you can find it and what you need to know before you drink it. And finally, we will visit with Kent Walker, a cheese maker based out of Little Rock.
  • Agri Arkansas October 2014
    In October, Agri Arkansas will be taking a closer look at rice. Arkansas is the leading producer of rice in the U.S. Why? What brought rice to Arkansas? How does rice get from the field to the table? And, what are the challenges facing the rice industry in the future? Also, we look ahead to the year 2050. The Arkansas Water Plan hasn't had a comprehensive update in over 20 years. We will take a look at the 2014 Arkansas Water Plan. 
  • Agri Arkansas September 2014
    It can be said that Arkansas is an agricultural state.  Agriculture impacts our stateís economy on just about every level.  Join us in September for a closer look at agricultural economics.  We will also travel down to the Cummins unit in south Arkansas for a look at their prison farm operation.   And, have you wondered just where to find the perfect peach?  Well, we will show you a Peach Pickiní Paradise in Clarksville, Arkansas. 
  • Agri Arkansas August 2014
    It has found its way to dinner tables across the world.  From food thatís fast to family suppers, it is a source of protein that anchors countless meals.  The poultry industry in Arkansas has grown over the past half century and in the August episode of Agri Arkansas, we will take a closer look at that growth.  Also, we will visit with the 2012 Farm Family of the year, the DeSalvo Family from Conway County.  And if youíre looking for an easier way to eat local, the Arkansas Agriculture Department has some on-line tools youíll want to know about.  Join us for this monthís Agri Arkansas.
  • Agri Arkansas July 2014
    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.

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.


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