Welcome to the Agricultural Council of Arkansas (Ag Council). We are a non-profit trade association committed to telling the story of row crop agriculture in Arkansas, advocating on behalf of farmers and agriculture businesses, and growing the economies of the communities around us. We have been promoting agriculture since 1939.

Today our membership is composed of family farms, agriculture related businesses, and others supportive of agriculture in Arkansas. Our members strive to advance policies that will ensure the continued success of agriculture in our state. The Ag Council is a well-known and respected voice in the world of agriculture. We work closely with policy makers in Washington, D.C. and Arkansas to shape the future of agriculture.

Our membership is our strength! 



“We are the only organization in the state that strictly represents the row crop industry, and we serve an important role for our members and their businesses. This organization gives us a strong and united voice among policy makers at the State Capitol and in Washington.”
-Herrick Norcross,  Ag Council President 2012-2013 – producer, Tyronza, Ark.

“Every farmer cannot give their talent, but there is no excuse for not investing money to protect your interests. You never know just when help from an organization like this will be needed and needed badly. Experience has taught us that you can’t wait until war is declared to form and train an army.”
Harvey R. Adams, Executive V.P. of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas in 1943.



Action Alerts

  • Dr. Rick Cartwright of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service announced his plans to retire from service in June of 2020. Dr. Cartwright has served the UofA System for 27 years and currently serves as senior associate VP for agriculture-extension. Since joining the Division of Agriculture in 1992, Cartwright served […]
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  • Cotton Incorporated recently submitted its 2019 Mid-Year Report to the Secretary Perdue and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report summarizes program activities in the various mission areas of Cotton Incorporated. These areas include agriculture and environmental research, fiber quality research, consumer product research, supply chain research, and product and consumer marketing research. More […]
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  • In early August, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced a $25 million state grant program called Arkansas Rural Connect (ARC) to implement part of the state’s broadband plan by expanding telecommunication infrastructure to underserved communities in Arkansas. According to Governor Hutchinson, ARC will provide grants to qualifying communities of at least 500 people to deploy high-speed broadband […]
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  • A major news story coming from recent U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) crop reports is the significant reduction in soybean acres in Arkansas. USDA’s latest report pegs Arkansas soybeans at 2.65 million acres, down 590,000 acres from 2018, when Arkansas farmers harvested 3.24 million acres of soybeans. The reduction in […]
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  • On Tuesday, August 13th, Bunge announced that it would move its global headquarters from White Plains, New York, to its offices in St. Louis, Missouri. The relocation is expected to be completed in 2020. The New York office employees 180 and their St. Louis office has roughly 525 employees. The company has more than 30,000 […]
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  • On Tuesday, August 13th, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the U.S. would pull back on President Trump’s recently announced plans to implement new tariffs on Chinese exports to the U.S. The announcement stated that the U.S. would make some exceptions to the tariffs and allow tariffs for some products to receive a […]
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  • On Monday, August 12th, the Trump administration, through the Department of Interior and Department of Commerce, adjusted procedures related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The changes relate to the processes for adding or removing species to the threatened or endangered list as well as designating critical habitat. The changes also include how agencies consult […]
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  • August 12 WASDE

    The August 12 World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) report provided mostly bearish market information despite estimates for reduced production due to lower crop acreage and yield. The report indicated significant reductions in demand due to trade policy and renewable energy policy. More below: https://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde/wasde0819.pdf https://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde/Secretary_Briefing/Archive/2019/August_2019_WASDE_Lockup_Briefing.pdf https://www.farmprogress.com/market-reports/bearish-report-swamps-corn-futures https://www5.intlfcstone.com/e/65422/content-Arlan-Suderman-Webinar/g3krxb/610548385?h=FcqNXZyQ0HLxdVNAX8ep858OwejnaI4cynuhUxe36c0 Read more…