Action Alerts

Ag Council Board Members Honored at USA Rice Outlook Conference

Monday, December 16th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts Ag Council Board of Directors Members Dow Brantley (First Vice President) and Jennifer James (Board Member) were both recognized and awarded for their farming practices at the USA Rice Outlook Conference held in Little Rock December 8-10. James was awarded 2019 Farmer of the Year and Brantley was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Conservation Achievement. More […] Read more...

House Approves H-2A Reform Bill

Monday, December 16th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts On Wednesday, December 11th, the U.S. House approved a bill (H.R. 5038) to reform and expand the H-2A visa program for migrant farmworkers with a bipartisan vote of 260-165. The bill had support from several farm organizations, but some expressed concerns due to mandatory E-verify program, concern for higher wages, and potential for increased litigation […] Read more...

Arkansas Judge Halts Food Labeling Law from Implementation

Monday, December 16th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts A Federal Judge in Arkansas issued a preliminary injunction to prohibit the Arkansas Department of Agriculture from implementing a food labeling bill (Act 501) approved by the Arkansas General Assembly in 2019. The new law included prohibitions against “rice pretenders,” but most of the debate centered around provisions related to alternative meat products. The case […] Read more...

USMCA Agreement Reached but Mexico Concerned with Labor Changes

Monday, December 16th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts The U.S. House of Representatives is soon to take action on the U.S., Mexico, Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA). House Democrats appear to have reached a consensus agreement with the Trump Administration on changes, but Mexico announced Sunday that it was not properly consulted on the new labor provisions, and that they would like to […] Read more...

U.S. and China Phase One Agreement Announced

Monday, December 16th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts According to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the United States and China reached a “Phase 1” trade agreement on December 13th. The agreement, which was touted as being momentous and historic, is said to address agricultural purchases from China and new reforms in China related to treatment of intellectual property, technology transfer, agricultural trade barriers, […] Read more...
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