FRIENDSHIP — If you ask James Mitchell about the bright side of the 2022 drought, he’ll tell you this: Better now than then.
Researchers will soon begin designing robotics to help alleviate the strain caused by employees sickened by COVID-19.
The USDA surveyed more than 72,000 farming operations in December 2022, including more than 1,800 operations in Arkansas alone.
High fertilizer prices and drought in 2022 handed hay production in the United States its biggest decline in 11 years with stocks at their lowest level since data collection began.
The Department will award $500 grants to 50 schools to purchase soil, specialty crop seeds and plants, and gardening equipment.
Rice is a key ingredient in the brewing process. Anheuser-Busch purchased 18.3 million bushels of rice directly from farmers in 2021. “This is 99 percent Arkansas rice,” Jones said.
A spring with too much rain, followed by a summer of too much drought, overshadowed any market optimism going into planting time.