Action Alerts

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...

More EQIP Funding Available for Groundwater Initiative

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts, Membership Information The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) announced on June 18th that an additional $2 million in Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) grants were available for farmers under the Arkansas Groundwater Initiative (GWI). The funds are available to help farmers invest in groundwater conservation systems in Arkansas, Prairie, and portions of […] Read more...

June 17 Crop Progress Report

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts On Monday, June 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released crop progress data for Arkansas and the United States. According to the report for Arkansas, nearly all acres are planted with the exception of soybeans, which are estimated to be 79 percent planted. The national report estimated that only […] Read more...

U.S. Trade Assistance Called Into Question at WTO

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts The latest trade mitigation package from the Trump administration to American farmers is being called into question at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Primary among several nations participating in this effort are China and the European Union. The questioning was part of the agriculture committee meeting, which featured a multitude of questions, including many by […] Read more...
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