Arkansas Agriculture

A deer in the woods.
nps.gov / National Park Service

A third case of chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in Arkansas.

The state Game and Fish Commission said Tuesday that a white-tailed deer found at Camp Orr recently tested positive for the fatal disease.

Earlier this month, another deer found dead in Ponca tested positive for the disease. The first case was discovered in a 2 1/2-year-old elk that was killed near Pruitt during the October hunting season.

The disease affects animals such as elk, deer and moose. It's unclear how it reached northern Arkansas.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and partners across the nation will direct up to $720 million towards 84 conservation projects around the country, including three projects in Arkansas.

According to a media release, the projects will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability and are part of the second round of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program created by the 2014 Farm Bill.

The Arkansas projects include:

U.S. Senator John Boozman in the Republican Party of Arkansas headquarters.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Republican presidential field may not like President Obama’s announcement  he will travel to Cuba next month but U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas welcomes the step. The Republican told KUAR he supports the president’s efforts to normalize relations with Cuba.

“I’m very supportive of him going," said Boozman. "We haven’t gotten any place doing what we’ve done. I’m very much in favor of making it such that we have a relationship with Cuba, trading with Cuba. When you trade you’re not only trading goods and services but you’re trading ideas and values."

Arkansas Ag Secretary Promotes State’s Diverse, $20 Billion Agri Sector

Feb 9, 2016
Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward
Arkansas State University

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward said Tuesday that the state agriculture department deals with everything from fertilizer to fuel pumps, with the agriculture industry being a major player in Arkansas for many years to come.

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford Heading To Cuba On Trade Trip

Feb 5, 2016
Representative Congressman Rick Crawford
crawford.house.gov

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, plans to take a trip this spring to Cuba to learn about furthering trade with the Caribbean nation.

Crawford, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, said Friday during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Rice Council that he and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., are coordinating the April trip with lawmakers and agriculture leaders from Arkansas and Louisiana.

Arkansas Ag Secretary, Israeli Ag Minister Speak At Arkansas Soil & Water Conference

Jan 27, 2016

A group of several hundred people spent Wednesday learning how soil and water can play a key role in the growth of crops as well as helping the bottom line of farmers. They even learned how other countries are using technology to conserve water and energy.

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward gave the keynote speech at the Arkansas Soil and Water Conference in front of 250 people at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center. Those who attended the conference learned about everything from cover crops and no-till farming to poly-pipe and rice irrigation.

Representative Congressman Rick Crawford
crawford.house.gov

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas' 1st Congressional district joined with nine other members of the House of Representatives Wednesday to announce the formation of the Cuba Working Group. The bi-partisan coalition is seeking greater U.S. engagement with the communist island nation, which was recently visited by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and a delegation of business leaders.

Thanksgiving table
crafthubs.com

When you sit down to that Thanksgiving meal later this week, among the things to express gratitude for is the cost of the meal itself.

An Arkansas Farm Bureau survey shows it will cost about a dollar less than last year to prepare that meal. For a family of ten, that’s down from $46.23 a year ago to $45.25 this year.  

Cuba Governor
Governor's Office

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is asking leaders in Congress to ease credit restrictions on Cuba. It follows a three-day trade mission to the communist island by the governor and a delegation of state business leaders in September who hope to open new markets for Arkansas products.

An agricultural business major at Southern Arkansas University has been elected national president of the FFA.

Taylor McNeel was elected Saturday during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.

Also elected were Nick Baker of Tennessee as secretary; Sydney Snider of Ohio as eastern region vice president; Abrah Meyer of Iowa as central region vice president; Abbey Gretsch of Georgia as southern region vice president; and Sarah Draper of Utah as western region vice president.

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