Arkansas Agriculture

Representative Congressman Rick Crawford
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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
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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.

Arkansas Rice Board Learns About International Trade Possibilities

Oct 30, 2015
rice fields
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The international market for Arkansas rice producers is teeming with possibilities, an industry official told the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board Thursday.

Chuck Wilson, director of Arkansas Field Services for the USA Rice Foundation, said Mexico figures to be the number one market in the world in the next few years due to a young population, inability to grow rice due to water issues as well as good export and trade in the region. Wilson said the dropping of a tariff from Mexico in 2008 helped open the market, with rice going into the country.

Arkansas Drought Map for October 15th, 2015
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Nearly half of Arkansas is in severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The drought is most concentrated in the southern part of the state. Consequently, 51 of the 75 counties in Arkansas have instituted burn bans. Chris Buonanno, a science and operations officer with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock said the worst conditions are concentrated near the state's border with Louisiana.

 

Fresh from returning from a Cuban trade mission with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, lawmakers, agricultural leaders, and other state business and political advisors, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward shared his thoughts on the trip.

While the Arkansas delegation didn’t find Cuba stocked with Fortune 500 business leaders, Ward said “it wasn’t abject poverty like some might assume.”

Arkansas officials say they have made their final payment on debt incurred to help fight boll weevils.

The Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation said Tuesday it had paid off the last $2 million it owed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, three years ahead of schedule.

Cuba Governor
Governor's Office

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and a delegation of nearly 50 Arkansas business leaders and state officials are in Cuba for a series of meetings with government officials.

The communist island nation and its 11 million residents have for years been eyed as an untapped marketplace for Arkansas products, especially agriculture. With diplomatic relations being restored between the U.S. and Cuba, Hutchinson said this was an ideal time to begin building a relationship. The visit is the first by an American governor since the U.S. re-opened its embassy there in July.

Manufacturing and farming giant Caterpillar Inc., which operates a large motor grader plant in North Little Rock with several hundred workers, announced a major across-the-board restructuring and cost reduction Thursday (Sept. 24) that could possibly affect more than 10,000 employees across the company’s expansive U.S. and international operations.

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