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Commodity Communicator Weekly

February 14, 2014

AGFC 2014-15 GENERAL HUNTING REGULATIONS CONSIDERATIONS SURVEY
As part of its annual regulations-setting process, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Wildlife Management Division requests public input on a variety of possible regulations changes before presenting them to the Commission for consideration. The following link will take you to a survey prepared for the 18 proposals for the 2014-15 general hunting season. We are encouraging Farm Bureau members to express their concerns related to feral hogs.
To complete the survey, click on the following link: AGFC - 2014-15 Hunting Regs Survey.


REMINDER - STATE WATER PLAN REGIONAL MEETINGS
The Regional Issues & Recommendations Workgroup meetings for the state water planning process are as follows:

East: February 18 – Fairbridge Inn & Suites, 3006 South Caraway Rd., Jonesboro
North: February 19 – Extension Building at Fairgrounds, 210 Warren St., Mountain View
West: February 20 – Lake Point Conference Center, 171 Lake Point Lane, Russellville
South-Central: February 24 – National Park Community College, 101 College Dr., Hot Springs
Southwest: February 25 – Four States Fairgrounds, Ag Learning Center, 3700 East 50th St., Texarkana

All Regional Issues & Recommendations Workgroup meetings will be 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. They will be followed by public meetings at the same locations 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Note: The EAST REGION meeting includes an optional session on ground water modeling and a discussion of the declines east of Crowleys Ridge from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Arkansas Farm Bureau submitted 11 individuals as agriculture representatives. Those individuals are listed below:

East Region – Terry Dabbs and David Gairhan
North Region – Greg Baltz and Gene Pharr
South Central Region – Jason Green, Derek Helms and Grant Pace
Southwest Region – Dennis Ritchie and Ray Rodgers
West Central Region – Robert Stobaugh and Dan Wright

Anyone interested in the water planning process is encouraged to attend these meetings. If you attend and believe you have additional information to contribute to the discussion, feel free to visit with one of your regional representatives to ensure your issues is presented. There may also be opportunities for public participation during the workgroup meetings.

To view the agendas for each region, click on the following link: ANRC - Water Plan Regional Meetings.


DELINQUENT WELL REGISTRATION FEES & WATER USAGE REPORTING

Arkansas Farm Bureau wants to remind farmers who have wells to be sure their well registration fees ($10 per well per year) and water usage reports are current per Arkansas Natural Resources Commission requirements. If you are uncertain whether or not this is applicable to your farm, consult with your county conservation district office. If your well registration fees and water usage report are paid and up to date by Feb. 28, 2014, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission will waive associated penalties and fines. Those who fail to register and report water usage by February 28 will be subject to late registration penalties up to $500 for each unreported year. For additional assistance, contact Evan Teague, ArFB’s environmental specialist, at 501-228-1335 or evan.teague@arfb.com.


SEARS COMMERCIAL PROGRAM
Offers members special pricing on name-brand items like Craftsman garage storage and lawn tractors; Sealy and Sears-O-Pedic mattresses; NordicTrack exercise equipment; Kenmore outdoor grills, televisions and more. For program details, http://www.arfb.com/member_services/sears/

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