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By Stephen Steed
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 

North Little Rock man grows fig market


August 6, 2017

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In a state that produces more rice than any other and is near the top in poultry production, Marvin Smith of North Little Rock has the Arkansas fig market cornered.

Smith has been in the fig business for 25 of his 75 years. "I wish I'd started this when I was a younger man," he told a recent visitor to his homestead farm in the Rose City addition of North Little Rock.

On that particular morning -- the hottest, most humid morning to date in North Little Rock this year -- Smith strapped on a miner's headlamp well before sunrise to fill a Little Rock pizzeria's...

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