Action Alerts

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances Energy and Water Measure

Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On July 20, the Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the fiscal year 2018 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, which will fund the nations’s priorities for energy development, research, as well as water infrastructure needs.  The measure provides $38.4 billion to fund U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs, critical infrastructure projects administered by the Army […] Read more...

Senate Appropriations Committee Moves Ag Bill with Cotton Assistance Provisions

Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On July 20, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved a spending measure for the 2018 fiscal year that included a spending provision that would provide new assistance to the cotton industry if enacted.  The spending bill includes language that would explicitly name cotton seed as an eligible “other oilseed” under the 2014 farm bill, which would […] Read more...

Pine Bluff Rice Mill Shut Down by Plant Board

Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information On Monday, July 17, the Arkansas Agriculture Department State Plant Board ordered Southwind Rice Mill in Pine Bluff to cease its operation as it was out of compliance with the Arkansas Public Grain Warehouse Act.  The company had recently taken internal action to shut down operations on its own three weeks ago when it laid […] Read more...

New USDA Appointments Named to Fill Vacancies

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information This week a handful of top level appointments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) were named by the Trump Administration as they look to fill the executive positions at USDA. Indiana Agriculture Director Ted McKinney is expected to become USDA’s first undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs and Sam Clovis is nominated to be undersecretary […] Read more...

USDA NRCS Announces $4.8 Million for Arkansas Wetland Restoration

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced plans to invest $4.8 million towards restoring more than 1,500 acres of wetlands as part of the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI).  The purpose of this project is to utilize the partnering strength of the Tri-state Conservation Coordination Committee (AR, MS, […] Read more...
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