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Learn about “The Miracle Bean” in March’s "Agri Arkansas"

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Soybeans ready for harvest in Desha County.

Why is the soybean often called the “The Miracle Bean”?



Andy Gill of McGhee inspects one of his soybean fields prior to the 2014 harvest.

With its wide variety of uses, the crop has earned its miraculous nickname, and its broad impact on Arkansas’s economy and agriculture has earned it center stage in a brand new episode of “Agri Arkansas” this March.


Edamame straight from the field in Crawford County.

Through the episode, we’ll explore how the soybean crop — which generates approximately $1.7 billion annually and is grown on more than 3 million acres  in Arkansas — influences the state. “Agri Arkansas” will also delve into Arkansas’s move to become the first state in the nation to grow commercial crops of edamame — one of the fastest growing specialty foods in the United States.

A panel discussion hosted by Tony Brooks with guests Dr. Lanny Ashlock, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board project manager, and Dr. Pengyin Chen, associate professor of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, will round out the episode.

“Agri Arkansas” is funded, in part, by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Moving Image Trust Fund. The series is underwritten by Arkansas Farm Bureau.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

“Agri Arkansas,” 1 p.m.