From Beer to Brats

A great relationship between two women entrepreneurs gives new meaning to farm-to-table. Rose Schweikhart of Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs National Park and Valorie Lee of JV Farms in Bismarck turn waste grain from beer making into food for hogs. And then the hogs are turned into franks and bratwursts and served at the brewery restaurant. Watch their story.

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In the Bee Business

We visited Jeremy Bemis on his family’s tree farm near the southern Pulaski County town of Wrightsville. A brief venture into growing pumpkins and Christmas trees led to development of Bemis Honeybee Farm, which Jeremy and his wife Emily operate.

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A Father-Daughter Farming Story

A little girl who once was terrified of mud, has chosen to follow in her dad’s footsteps and continue the family farm legacy of row-crop farming.

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The Farming DNA

Jeff Edwards farms in the Sherrill-Pastoria community near Pine Bluff and has for most of his life. Like others in the Arkansas River Valley, he lost cropland to historic flooding earlier this year. He and his family have weathered challenges like this before, though, and Jeff plans to continue farming until, “the Lord calls him home.”

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The Learning Garden

One of the best ways to learn about where food comes from and the hard work it takes to grow it, is to plant your own vegetable garden. Master Gardener and Pulaski County Farm Bureau board member Kathy Ratcliffe talks about what students learn when experiencing the Farm Bureau Federation inspired demonstration garden at the C.A. Vines 4-H Center in Ferndale.

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A New Foundation

Brian Weisenfels loves his black baldy cattle. The white head and black body are typical of this crossbreed of Hereford and solid black angus cattle. These 40 transplant beef cattle from Montana are his pride and joy. Meet this Logan County rancher and learn how he’s using them as the foundation to build a new herd. Arkansas’ excellent forage production is a great strength to the state’s beef producers.

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The Grapes of Benevolence

Paul Post, president of Arkansas’ largest winery, discusses factors that led to this year’s fruitful grape harvest, particularly muscadine grapes.

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Favorite Time of the Year

Meet Mason Sickle, a Prairie County rice farmer. September is National Rice Month, and it’s Mason Sickle’s favorite part of the year – harvest time!

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Rice Farming 101

September is National Rice Month, and Arkansas produces more rice than any other state. Trent Dabbs comes from a long line of rice farmers. The Arkansas County, fourth-generation rice farmer has a serious passion for what he does. In our series, “Rows and Ranches,” Trent describes the planting process.

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Sake Farmer Chris Isbell

September is National Rice month, and this week we are highlighting our rice growing 2018 Arkansas Farm Family of the year, The Isbells. They will also be competing for the 2019 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year in Georgia, where they will compete against nine other farms.

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