Action Alerts

New Orleans Commodity Classic Breaks Records

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information Earlier this month, New Orleans hosted the 2016 Commodity Classic convention and trade show, and the event broke previous attendance records with nearly a quarter more attendees compared to last year. The event offered an opportunity for producers to gather to learn the latest about technology and equipment while also getting up to the date […] Read more...

Winrock International to Host Cuba Consortium Meeting in Arkansas

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On March 21-22, agriculture and Cuba will take center stage in Arkansas as Winrock International, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and The Howard Baker Forum convene The Cuba Consortium Agriculture and Food Roundtable on Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton, Ark. Former Senator Tom Daschle and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will headline an assembly of policy experts, […] Read more...

USDA Announces Plan for Cotton Marketing Certificates

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent letters to cotton farmers outlining the implementation of the certificate program that is now available for cotton marketing loan programs. The Fiscal Year 2016 Consolidated Appropriations bill provided for the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a certificate program that for the 2015 crop year and […] Read more...

Congress Steps Up Scrutiny of Mega Mergers in Agriculture

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information With the announced mergers of Dow and Dupont and more recently Syngenta and ChemChina, Congress has now stepped up its level of scrutiny of these deals under its oversight authorities.  While these deals must receive anti-trust reviews from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they will also receive close scrutiny […] Read more...

Arkansas’s Economy Grows Modestly Despite Downturn in Ag

Sunday, March 13th, 2016 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information According to the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Arkansas’s economy continues to grow despite the significant economic downturn facing Arkansas’s agriculture industry, which is struggling mostly due to lower commodity prices.  While the economy continued its growth, challenges remain in the economy, especially with modest job growth, minimal […] Read more...
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