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Season 1

Season 1

Global Impact of Arkansas Rice Production

Arkansas is a global leader of rice production, exporting 9 billion pounds per year to more than 25 countries. Host Lauren McCullough speaks with Kelly Robbins, executive director of Arkansas Rice, who shares current details about this top commodity. She tours the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie in Stuttgart and visits Whitaker Farms in McGehee.

Arkansas Discovery Farms

Host Lauren McCullough travels to Southeast Arkansas to explore how the Arkansas Discovery Farms Program is promoting agricultural sustainability and environmental awareness in partnership with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. She visits Stevens Farms Inc. and Dabbs Farms, two of the 12 properties in the state selected to participate in the Discovery Farms Program.

Birdeye Farms and ASU Regional Farmers' Market

We’ll find out why the secret is in the soil as host Lauren McCullough visits Whit Smith — a fifth-generation farmer and teen entrepreneur in Cherry Valley — to explore his organic farming techniques at Birdeye Farms. Then, we’re traveling to the ASU Regional Farmers’ Market in Jonesboro to learn more about their upcoming expansion and the local community offerings with Dr. Kim Pittcock.

Veteran Farmers

How does a veteran get an agricultural operation started? Segment host Logan Duvall explores this question as he and Boozman visit veteran-run farms, including The Farm at Barefoot Bend in Lonsdale, Arkansas.

Rural Medical Transportation and Trauma Services

Arkansas is facing a shortage of nurses and clinical personnel at a time when they’ve rarely been needed more. Learn how these shortages are impacting the entire state, and hear the challenges of providing emergency medical services (EMS) in the face of COVID-19 in rural Arkansas with “Good Roots.”

Agritourism at Subiaco Abbey and Urbana Farmstead

Agritourism is not only a way to generate extra income for the producer but provide social benefits to the community. Host Lauren McCullough visits two agritourism locations here in Arkansas to find out what makes them unique and how they plan to keep visitors coming back. Featured: Subiaco Abbey & Urbana Farmstead

The Carpenter Family's 50-Year Delta Farming Legacy

“Good Roots” travels to Grady this month to introduce the Carpenter family – who has been farming in the Delta for 50 years – and explores the challenges faced by minority farmers.

Barnhill Orchards, Bemis Honey Bee Farm, Bernice Garden

Host: Lauren McCullough

Take a look at the sweet side of Arkansas agriculture, including a spring favorite – strawberries! Meet the man behind Barnhill Orchards and learn about a family legacy. Then visit a honey bee farm where the Bemis’ are sharing their love and knowledge of these vital pollinators. Plus, we kick off our Farmers Market Roundup at the Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market.

Regenerative Farming at Ralston Farms

Visit the Ralston family to explore regenerative agriculture techniques that, among other benefits, help restore soil health, resulting in high quality, nutrient dense food. Logan Duvall hosts.