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Commodity Communicator Weekly

November 2, 2012

ANRC SETS STATE WATER PLAN MEETINGS. . . . .Arkansans will have an opportunity this month to discuss what they think are important water issues in the Natural State and how state agencies should address those issues in an update to the state's 25-year-old water plan. The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission will host a series of public meetings this month across the state aimed at answering questions about the plan and receiving feedback from residents.

"ANRC needs the cooperation and support of all of our citizens, our various water use sectors, and our political and business leaders to ensure a successful update to the Arkansas Water Plan by November 2014," agency officials said in a press release announcing the meetings.

"Water grows the food we eat, nourishes our bodies, and supports our businesses, industries, and overall economy. Water is equally vital to our natural environment, fisheries, wildlife, and recreation opportunities," said Randy Young, ANRC's director. "I invite all Arkansans to join me in charting our path forward for the wise and efficient use, management, and development of our precious water resources."

MEETING DATES
Tuesday, Nov. 13 - 6:30-8 p.m., University of Arkansas Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena. 1335 W. Knapp, Fayetteville.
Thursday, Nov. 15 - 6:30-8 p.m., Arkansas State University Convocation Center. 217 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
Tuesday, Nov. 27 - 6:30-8 p.m., Arkansas Department of Health Auditorium. 4815 W. Markham St., Little Rock.
Thursday, Nov. 29 - 6:30-8 p.m., Conference Center. 311 S. West Ave, El Dorado.

To find out about the plan, visit http://www.arwaterplan.arkansas.gov/.

Or for additional information, contact:
Edward Swaim, ANRC Water Resources Division Manager
Email: edward.swaim@arkansas.gov
Phone: (501) 682-3979

Evan Teague

AFBF NEEDS YOUR HELP IN LABOR DEBATE. . . . .As part of AFBF’s efforts to support a long and short-term solution to agriculture’s labor situation, Farm Bureau has created a web site that will help farmers and ranchers share their stories with their lawmakers. Before Congress can fully understand the needs of American agriculture and its labor force, lawmakers need to hear from farmers and ranchers directly about their challenges with existing labor laws and rules.   

Messages will be collected and sent directly to Senators and Representatives.  To develop a solution to the agriculture labor issue, farmers and ranchers need to describe the challenge of the existing rules and laws, provide details of their operations and other information to help lawmakers better understand the problem, its impact on growers and what policymakers can do to assist.

The first step in achieving comprehensive agriculture labor reform begins by educating lawmakers.  The more stories the better we can paint the picture of the issue to decision-makers and ultimately help meet the need for a workable, comprehensive solution.

We encourage farmers and ranchers to share your story through a secure web page at this link: http://www.fbactinsider.org/share-your-story                         

Brandy Carroll


FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR U.S. BEEF TRADE
. . . . .Drought, fires, floods, skyrocketing input costs and record herd shortage; factors we have unfortunately become very familiar with over the past couple of years and all of which would send cattlemen and women running to the hills. In fact, many cattle families are wondering if right now isn’t the best time to hang it up while prices are good and land values are high. But before you make that decision, I encourage you to consider what you will be missing.

At the end of this year, we will be fortunate enough to see the implementation of three free trade agreements (FTA); the Korea-U.S. agreement; the Colombia-U.S. agreement; and the Panama-U.S. agreement, which will be implemented on Oct. 31. The agreement with Korea repeals a 40 percent tariff on U.S. beef and gives our country a competitive tariff advantage over competitors such as Australia. Likewise, the Colombia agreement repeals a massive 80 percent tariff on U.S. beef. The agreement between Panama and the United States eliminates a 30 percent tariff on U.S. beef. Eliminating high tariffs gives us a competitive advantage in all three markets and a strong foothold in Asia and South America where demand for beef is strong and growing. (US Beef Trade)
 
Travis Justice


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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