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Agri Arkansas

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 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. 

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.