Action Alerts

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...

China Makes Move Towards Importing U.S. Rice

Friday, December 28th, 2018 | Categories: Action Alerts Below from USA Rice: A New Year’s Surprise from China?  By Bob CummingsBEIJING, CHINA — USA Rice’s office in China reports that China Customs announced today on its official website that the China market is opened for the import of U.S. milled rice effective from December 27, 2018, in accordance with the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Protocol signed […] Read more...
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