Arkansas's U.S. Senators (John Boozman and Tom Cotton) both signed a joint letter with other colleagues to Senate leadership calling for additional farm aid. In their request the Senators, primarily from cotton belt states specifically cited a need to assist the U.S. cotton and textile sector in addition to other commodities. The letter urges action on a farm aid package before the August recess. While the U.S. Senate is in a two week 4th of July recess, it's expected to take up a COVID-19 aid package that includes farm aid upon their return.
A similar letter was previously signed and delivered in the House of Representatives. All four members of Arkansas's delegation signed the House letter. The Ag Council of Arkansas urged the members of the Arkansas delegation to sign the letters. We've called for Congress to deliver sufficient aid funds to the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and to allow for Secretary Perdue to have sufficient flexibility to provide the aid as needed in the coming months as the ongoing trade disputes, pandemic, and depressed commodity market conditions continue to cause harm to American farmers. We appreciate the strong support and leadership provided by members of the Arkansas delegation.