The Growing Season

Join musician and host, Ben Dickey, on The Growing Season – a year-long podcast featuring monthly interviews with a handful of Arkansas farmers as they work through a year on their place. From large-scale, row cropping to cattle ranches and two-acre vegetable operations, The Growing Season will take a long, honest look at the many things “farming” means to Arkansans, and the many hurdles that come with that way of life. This podcast is funded through a Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Grant provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and administered by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

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Episodes

Friday Jun 10, 2022

Arkansas April brought with it a violent storm system, who's tornadic activity left a valley of destruction across the state. As our farmers prepare for and cope with that destruction, we highlight the unpredictable demands of the farming lifestyle. We also speak with Dr. Teresa Hudson of the Psychiatric Research Institute at UAMS on the different types of stress and their effects on the body and mind. 

Friday May 13, 2022

Six Arkansas farmers look back at how their stories lead them to today. From a mother and daughter team running a small agritourist operation, to an East Arkansas row crop farmer starting his thirty-second season -- no two farms, and no two stories are ever exactly alike.

Tuesday Apr 26, 2022

Join actor and musician, Ben Dickey, on The Growing Season, a new agricultural podcast from Arkansas PBS. The growing season is a monthly podcast that will follow the stories of six Arkansas farmers as they work through a year on their land.  We will focus on what it truly means to be a farmer today, and the stressors and struggles that come with the lifestyle.

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