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.
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.”
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.
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.
Paul Post, president of Arkansas’ largest winery, discusses factors that led to this year’s fruitful grape harvest, particularly muscadine grapes.
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!
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.
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.
James Meeks is a fifth-generation farmer who has become known across Arkansas and the mid-south for his tomato, watermelon and “u-pick” produce operation near Hamburg in Ashley County. He and his business partner have overcome regulatory and workforce challenges and built their Triple M Farms into a key tomato provider for Walmart, Subway restaurants and […]
August is National Peach Month. We visited peach grower Mark Morgan at his farm Peach Pickin’ Paradise, and he told us about his popular ag-tourism u-pick orchard.