Farmer Q&A: Chris Branscum, Perry County

Perry County Farm Bureau president Chris Branscum has a sod farm and small cattle operation near Perryville. He has been growing and selling turfgrass since 1989 and talked with us about this niche type of agriculture.  Going Deeper After shooting the video, we spent a few more minutes with Chris to find out a […]

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Farmer Q&A: Corbin Brown, Cross County

Corbin Brown, past president of Cross County Farm Bureau, continues an active leadership role on a state and local level. We recently visited with him on his farm near Wynne, where he told us about his 3,000-acre rice-and-soybean farming operation and shared thoughts on how his participation in two unique programs — LeadAR and Arkansas […]

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Farmer Q&A: Justin Blackburn

Justin Blackburn works with USDA’s Farm Service Agency and farms 1,700 acres with his brother, Britt, in Greene County. He’s an eighth-generation farmer and grows corn, soybeans, milo, wheat, rice and other crops. Justin and his brother farmed for years with their father, Jimmy Pat Blackburn, who served on the Greene County Farm Bureau board […]

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Burned by a Deep Freeze, Part 2

Some three months after a week-long run of freezing and much-colder-than-normal April temperatures, Arkansas fruit farmers are finding out the true extent of the damage to their crops, particularly peach growers. See how berry growers are making out in the first part of our story from earlier this month. Peaches Peaches seemed to get the […]

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Farmer Q&A: Terry Norwood of Greene County

Meet Terry Norwood, resident of Beech Grove and president of Greene County Farm Bureau. Norwood is farming almost 5,000 acres of rice and soybeans this year. Hear what Terry has to say about his “daylight to dark” work schedule, the challenges of 2018, and the importance of Arkansas Farm Bureau. 

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Farmer Q&A: Dean Wall of Greene County

  Dean Wall of Walcott raises a few cattle and farms 3,800 acres of rice, soybeans and corn, primarily in Greene County. Wall has served as president of the Greene County Farm Bureau and, along with his brother, Steve, was named Greene County Farm Family of the Year in 2011. Wall took a few minutes […]

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Burned by a Deep Freeze, Part 1

As the fruit and berry season heats up, farmers are tallying the losses from April’s deep freeze. by Gregg Patterson, Arkansas Farm Bureau staff It’s  July, some three months after a week-long run of freezing and much-colder-than-normal April temperatures. The high in Little Rock hit 95 degrees with a heat index of 105. It’s that […]

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A Champion Graduates: Q&A with Clark County’s Kaylie Stone

 Gurdon’s Kaylie Stone has been showing animals and winning since the age of 7. Her dedication and competitive fire have resulted in numerous champion animals through the years, making her a role model for young Arkansans in agriculture and beyond. Stone graduated this spring from Gurdon High School and has likely raised more Grand […]

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Farmer Q&A: Derek Helms of Clark County

Derek Helms is a dairy and row-crop farmer in Clark County and serves as president of the Clark County Farm Bureau. We recently sat down with Derek during a Farm Bureau Member Appreciation event in Arkadelphia to discuss a variety of topics, including the state of the dairy industry, his involvement in Farm Bureau and […]

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Farmer Q&A: Dairy Farmer Matt Simon

Five Questions for Dairy Farmer Matt Simon Matt Simon, 43, is a dairy farmer. He farms with his father, Mike and his brothers Frederic, 47, and Jason, 42, at Simon Brothers Dairy just outside of Conway in Faulkner County. Q: What’s the most satisfying aspect of being a dairy farmer? A: The most satisfying thing […]

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