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Let the sunshine in

A.J. Hood solar

Solar systems help growers cut electric bills while raising their environmental stature. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Chris Isbell, a partner in a family-owned farming operation near Humnoke, Arkansas, looks at his 300-kilowatt solar-generation system as just another crop. “Essentially, we’re farming the sun anyway,” he says. “Any crop you raise is just a power plant for the sun. ... Read More »

Arkansas rice production bounces back in 2018 from 2017

Arkansas rice harvest near Hazen

After a bruising 2017, in which substantial spring flooding cost growers in the state an estimated $175 million in lost production and damaged acreage, rice growers saw higher production in 2018 than in any of the three previous years, according to an April 4 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report, published by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics ... Read More »

Take these steps to prepare for possible fertilizer shortages

fertilizer spreading

• By Trent Roberts • With current Mississippi River levels above flood stage along all of Arkansas’ eastern border, there are increasing concerns that limited barge traffic combined with reduced access to Arkansas ports may tighten fertilizer stocks during periods of high use. Current river depth at Memphis is at 30 feet and falling: however, there is still a significant ... Read More »

Arkansas ‘rice reps’ may earn scholarships while spreading the word

Arkansas rice reps logo

Arkansas high school juniors or seniors may be eligible for one of four different scholarships totaling $7,000 just by participating in rice advocacy programs and spreading the word about the state’s rice industry this summer. The program is called “Rice Reps” and is sponsored by Arkansas Rice. From April through September, reps will actively participate in a program designed to ... Read More »

Isbells named Arkansas Farm Family of the Year

Chris and Judy Isbell

Chris and Judy Isbell of Humnoke, Arkansas, were named the 2018 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year at the recent Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention. They will now compete with 10 southeastern state winners in the 2019 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program in Moultrie, Georgia, in October 2019. The Isbells say they are humbled to receive ... Read More »