Agriculture

A. GRAJEDA / KUAF

Seth, Connor and Alec Pitts, who run Sugar Hill Ranch in Lincoln, are the 2019 Washington County Farm Family of the Year. The Washington County Farm Bureau and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service sponsor the program, which is in its 72nd year.

Jacqueline Froelich

Several dozen farmers and investors recently met in Fayetteville at a clinic hosted by Arkansas Hemp Genetics to discuss licensing and best cultivation practices. A federal prohibition on growing industrial cannabis was lifted late last year. 

J. Froelich / KUAF

Pollution from industrial animal agriculture in Arkansas has attracted a lot of public attention. The proliferations of industrial CAFOs, concentrated animal feeding operations, and AFOs, animal feeding operations, is being spurred by growing consumer demand for cheap fast-food burgers, nuggets, and wings. To limit environmental impacts, scientists in Arkansas have been developing improved agricultural practices to protect sensitive airsheds and watersheds from industrial farm pollution.

J. Froelich / KUAF

The "Armed to Farm" program deployed by the National Center For Appropriate Technology office in Fayetteville, has trained hundreds of U.S. veterans sustainable farming skills from managing farm financials to flocks. Now the project is taking root across the county. We catch up with some veterans-in-training at "Across the Creek Farm" in south Washington County.

courtesy / Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame

The mission of The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize and induct people who have made a significant impact on agriculture in the state of Arkansas. Later this year, the 29th class will be inducted into the hall of fame, bringing the total number of inductees to 158. Steve Eddington, vice president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau--which sponsors the hall of fame--says those 158 inductees, including this year's class, represents the broad range of agriculture in Arkansas.

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