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“Agri Arkansas” premieres Sunday, July 27

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Agriculture is Arkansas’s number one industry — celebrate and explore its achievements and challenges in our new program “Agri Arkansas,” starting Sunday, July 27, at 1 p.m.  

Far from your granddad’s farm report, we’ll take a closer look at the diverse industry and develop conversations surrounding complex issues. Each episode of “Agri Arkansas” features segments from around Arkansas and discussions with experts.

Hosted by veteran reporter Tony Brooks, “Agri Arkansas” is dedicated to reintroducing you to the sources of your food and making you more aware of how much Arkansas contribute’s to the national agricultural industry. 

In the first episode, we’ll begin by taking a look at the “big picture” of agriculture in the state with the Arkansas Agriculture Department, then we’ll dive into the adventure of exploring the diverse microcosms of the industry by heading out across the state. In DeWitt, we’ll delve into a Farm to Fuel initiative that is attempting to use a winter row crop called camelina as an alternate fuel source. Then, we’ll join Bo Bennet of Central Arkansas New Agrarian Society (CANAS) to learn more about raising backyard chickens. Finally, we’ll round out the episode with an expert discussion with Butch Calhoun, Arkansas’s Secretary of Agriculture, and Tami Hornbeck of alt.Consulting, who has helped facilitate DeWitt’s alternate fuel initiative.

And that’s just the beginning of a wonderful thing! Be sure to tune in on the fourth Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. for a brand-new episode exploring other fascinating aspects of Arkansas Agriculture. 


Sunday, July 27, 2014

“Agri Arkansas,” 1 p.m.