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New 'Agri Arkansas' episode premieres Jan. 25 on AETN

Posted 20 Jan 2015

'Agri Arkansas,' a monthly series produced by the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), will examine apiculture in the Natural State, the effects of colony collapse disorder – the spontaneous deaths of entire colonies of bees – in Arkansas, and backyard beekeeping Sunday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.

Continuing the series' focus on the broad, varied impact of the agricultural industry on the state's economy, the January episode explores the hardworking roles of honeybees in agriculture; the facts behind the phenomenon of colony collapse disorder and whether it affects Arkansas; and what viewers need to know to begin backyard beekeeping.

A panel discussion with guests Jon Zawislak, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville apiculture instructor, and Desiree Baxter, beekeeping enthusiast, will close the episode. Former news anchor and veteran reporter Tony Brooks hosts.

'Agri Arkansas' is a celebration of agriculture in Arkansas, featuring experts, innovators and challenges all present in the state's largest industry. This monthly series dedicated to Arkansas's agricultural heritage airs on the last Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. Additional information is available at

The series is funded, in part, by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Moving Image Trust Fund.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).