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Commodity Communicator Weekly

September 7, 2012

RICE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM TAKING APPLICATIONS. . . . .The Rice Leadership Development Program of the Rice Foundation is taking applications through October 6, 2012.  Rice farmers and people working within the rice industry can apply online at:  http://www.usarice.com/index.php?option=com_doclibrary&view=orderform&layout=leaderapp&Itemid=543  

LEADAR PROGRAM TAKING APPLICATIONS. . . . .The LeadAR program, conducted by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is seeking applications for Class 16.  The program focuses on agriculture and rural issues and includes a National Study Tour to Washington, D.C., and an international study tour. Those interested should contact Joe Waldrum at 501-671-2076.

JAPAN PANEL RECOMMENDS EASING BEEF RESTRICTIONS. . . . .A Japanese government advisory panel on food safety agreed on recommendations about easing U.S. beef imports, a significant step toward lifting restrictions that remain a sore spot in Japan-U.S. trade relations. The panel’s report said raising the upper age limit on animals whose beef can be accepted for importation to 30 months from 20 months “posed little risk and its impact on human health would be negligible.” The report applies to beef from the U.S., Canada, France and the Netherlands. Currently, all beef from France and the Netherlands is banned, while only beef from cattle 20 months old and younger is accepted from the U.S. and Canada.

ADEQ WATERSHED CONFERENCE  . . . Arkansans know just how valuable water is whether they farm in the Delta or live in the state capital and enjoy whitewater rafting on the Buffalo River. That's why ADEQ has picked "Water: Our Living Treasure" as this year's theme for its watershed conference. From green planning to pollution reduction, a wide range of topics will be explored at the conference in Fort Smith Oct. 11-12. A full day of pre-conference activities in and around Fort Smith is planned for Oct. 10. For more information, click on the following link: ADEQ - Watershed Conference.

FARM BUREAU VEHICLE PURCHASE PROGRAM. . . . . Members now have a better way to buy a new or used vehicle through this easy to use program.  Benefits include in-depth price reports, target prices, estimated values and certified dealers.  The $500 GM incentive for members is already built into the system for qualifying vehicles.  Complete details at www.FBVerify.com/Drive

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