Action Alerts

116th Congress Begins in Washington

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts On Thursday, January 3rd, the 116th Congress officially began. The new Congress represents significant changes, especially in the U.S. House of Representatives where the majority membership moved into democratic control. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) became Speaker of the House. Colin Peterson (D-MN) became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. More below: Read more...

Governor Announces Highway Commission Appointment

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts On Wednesday, January 2nd, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the appointment of a new Highway Commissioner. The new appointee is Keith Gibson of Fort Smith, and he will replace Dick Trammel of Rogers whose ten year term will expire later this month. More below: https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/jan/02/governor-appoints-businessman-arkansas-river-valle/ Read more...

USDA Lays Out Plans and Guidelines for Relocation of Agencies

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts USDA recently laid out guidelines for new potential locations for its Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Secretary Perdue announced plans in the fall of 2018 to move the agencies from Washington, D.C., and sought applicants for locations interested in hosting the agencies. More below: https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/11777-usda-lays-out-guidelines-for-new-potential-ers-and-nifa-locations https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/08/15/2018-17555/notice-of-request-for-expression-of-interest-for-potential-sites-for-headquarters-office-locations Read more...

Arkansas Hemp Company Forms Research Partnership with UofA

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts A Fayetteville based company, Arkansas Hemp Genetics, LLC., announced plans to partner with the University of Arkansas in the development of research related to the growing and processing of hemp for the cannabis oil industry. In 2017, Arkansas approved a new law allowing for the development of research into the commercialization of industrial hemp in […] Read more...

Government Shutdown Impacting Agriculture

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 | Categories: Action Alerts The ongoing federal government shutdown due to disagreement on border security funding has led to the closure of several government agencies that impact U.S. agriculture. Foremost among these agencies is the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Other agencies impacted include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Interior (DOI). […] Read more...
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