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National Rice Month, Perfect Pan of Rice {Kitchen Tip Tuesday}

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September is National Rice Month and we Arkansan’s have reason to celebrate. Arkansas ranks 1st in the nation in rice production, producing close to 50 percent of the nation’s rice. Arkansas’ rice industry supports 2,500 rice farms, employs more than 35,000 Arkansans and contributes over $4 billion annually to the...

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Warren and Becky Webster family, Southwest District Farm Family of the Year

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The Warren and Becky Webster family of Washington (Hempstead County) is the Southwest District Farm Family of the Year. They operate 14 broiler houses on 1,174 acres where they produce 1.4 million birds per year. They also lease pasture land for cattle and hay production and have 493 acres of timberland. When the Websters began...

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Seared Summer Squash and Heirloom Tomato Salad

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As summer winds to a close, the schools start back up and the weather starts to tease with a cooler breeze now and then, I can’t help but want to fast forward into the 70-degree days and cool nights of fall. And, who can turn down the gorgeous changing leaves, accented by the rolling hills of this beautiful state? That alone...

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Gross Family, West Central District Farm Family of the Year

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The Gross family of Hot Springs (Garland County) is the West Central District Farm Family of the Year. The family includes Steve and Stacy, Scott and Kay, and Billy and Mary, parents of Steve and Scott. They have a diverse farm on 1,280 acres which consists of hay, timber, beef cattle, pigs, chickens, and horses. The family...

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Fresh Cucumber and Peach Salad with Mint

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This morning I counted 13 HUGE cucumbers loitering on my countertop, harvested from the family community garden at my in-laws property. Thirteen! Hanging out next to them are bags of green zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, and a pile of gorgeous tomatoes. Last night, Dennis and I both ate two tomatoes apiece as a main portion of...

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Sloan and Rhonda Hampton family, Southeast District Farm Family of the Year

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The Sloan and Rhonda Hampton family of Stuttgart (South Arkansas County) is the Southeast District Farm Family of the Year. They farm 1,600 acres of rice and soybeans, have 3,000 acres of wildlife habitat, and 500 acres of Conservation Reserve Program land. Since beginning to farm 22 years ago, Sloan has increased his acreage from...

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