Ag Council Board Meeting in Marianna Covers Many Topics

On Tuesday, May 7th, Ag Council of Arkansas Board of Directors gathered in Marianna at the University of Arkansas’s Lon Mann Cotton Research Station for the organization’s Spring meeting. The gathering featured a group of speakers covering a range of issues. Below are the slides and documents from the meeting’s speakers.

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Butch Calhoun, Plant Board Director: Review of legislative session and activities of the State Plant Board

Director Calhoun provided a brief overview of activities of the Arkansas State Plant Board and an update on legislation affecting the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. Included in his presentation was an update on transformation activities at the Department, regulations related to dicamba, and the industrial hemp program.

Stephanie Regagnon, FieldWatch: Overview of FieldWatch Technology

Stephanie Regagnon provided an overview of the FieldWatch program, a non-profit initative to develop and provide easy-to-use, reliable, accurate and secure on-line mapping tools intended to enhance communications that promote awareness and stewardship activities between producers of specialty crops, beekeepers and pesticide applicators. Arkansas has adopted the program and is promoting the voluntary use of the program in partnership with the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

Grant Hunt, Conservis: Importance of Farm Management Software

Grant Hunt with Conservis, a farm management software service provider, provided an overview on the importance of farm management software (FMS) to modern farming operations. He, along with Lawson Plafcan of RaboBank, provided an overview of a new partnership between the two companies to better serve farmers.

Jason Felton, Delta Peanuts: Information on New Arkansas Peanut Shelling Company

Jason Felton, a farmer and Ag Council Board Member, provided an overview and update on Delta Peanuts, a farmer owned business aimed at growing, sourcing and shelling peanuts in Arkansas. The company will have three buying points in Arkansas with a shelling plant in Jonesboro.

Andrew Grobmyer, Ag Council: Summary of Legislative Session

Andrew Grobmyer, Executive Vice President of the Ag Council, provided an overview of the 92nd General Assembly and an update from Washington, D.C. In addition he provided an overview of other Ag Council activities including the Ag Council Trust (501(c)(3)) and the Political Action Committee (PAC).