Action Alerts

House Considers Agriculture Spending Bill

Friday, June 21st, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On the week of June 17th, the U.S. House began floor consideration of its fiscal year 2020 appropriation bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The appropriation measure is considered a “minibus” bill as it contains funding for multiple federal government agencies. During consideration of the measure, […] Read more...

NRCS Offering Re-enrollment for CRP Contracts

Friday, June 21st, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) its offering farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts a chance to renew those contracts through re-enrollment or a one-year extension. The sign up period runs from June 3 through August 23. More below: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/news-releases/2019/usda-offers-producers-options-to-re-enroll-or-extend-expiring-crp-contracts Read more...

Arkansas Set to Receive USDA Funding for Feral Hog Eradication

Friday, June 21st, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on June 20th that Arkansas would be a recipient of federal funds under a $75 million pilot program to help eradication and control of feral swine. The 2018 Farm Bill included this new pilot program to help address the threat that feral swine pose to agriculture, ecosystems and […] Read more...

USDA to Allow Early Harvest of Cover Crops on Prevent Plant Acres

Friday, June 21st, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts On Thursday, June 20th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it would permit farmers who’ve planted cover crops on prevent plant acres to hay, graze or chop fields on September 1st, which is much earlier than the November 1st restriction that’s been applicable in years past. It’s expected that a record number of […] Read more...

Wes Ward Named Vice President of Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information Arkansas’s Secretary of Agriculture, Wes Ward, was recently elected by his peers to serve as Vice President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA). SASDA represents 17 states and their state departments of agriculture. The association meets regularly throughout the year to discuss common issues related to state and federal policy. More […] Read more...
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