Action Alerts

USDA Creates New Classing Codes for Plastic Contaminants in Cotton

Monday, July 23rd, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information USDA Cotton Classing Offices will be using two new extraneous matter classing codes for the 2018/19 crop to reflect the increasing incidences of plastic contaminants in cotton modules. USDA plans to use the new Code 71 for light plastic contamination and Code 72 for heavy plastic contamination. The new codes were implemented to distinguish plastic contamination […] Read more...

USDA NASS Catfish Production Report

Monday, July 23rd, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On July 20th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released a new Catfish Production Report for Arkansas. According to the report, Arkansas ranks third in the nation in catfish production behind Mississippi and Alabama with 6.68 million foodsize fish on hand on July 1, 2018. More below: 7.20.2018 Catfish Production […] Read more...

New Migrant Labor Bill Introduced in House

Thursday, July 19th, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On Wednesday, July 18, House leadership announced that they are committed to bringing a combination Agricultural Guestworker (AG) Act and Legal Workforce Act to the House floor for a vote this month. The bill was unveiled with bipartisan support in an effort to provide a fix to the burdensome H-2A agricultural guestworker program. The AG […] Read more...

Trump Administration Announces Planned Changes to Endangered Species Act

Thursday, July 19th, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On Thursday, July 19, the Trump Administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced several regulatory changes they would like to implement in relation to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed changes were published in the Federal Register and are open for public comment for 60 days. More below: https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/11251-feds-release-proposals-to-limit-reach-of-endangered-species-act https://www.fws.gov/endangered/improving_ESA/regulation-revisions.html https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=u.s.-fish-and-wildlife-service-and-noaa-fisheries-seek-public-input-on-&_ID=36286 Read more...

Arkansas Legislature Approves Highway Commission Weight Rule for Agriculture

Thursday, July 19th, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On Thursday, July 19, the Arkansas legislature approved a new emergency rule from the Arkansas Department of Transportation that will allow a permit program for farmers looking to carry heavier weight loads during harvest season. The rule allows for farmers to apply for specific exemptions to allow for loads of up to 100,000 lbs on […] Read more...
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