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House committee chairs want evidence EPA considered agriculture in drafting WOTUS rule

- Posted 4/17/2015 at 1:45 p.m.
A number of House committee chairmen have asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for documents to confirm whether or not USDA has done any quantitative analysis on how the proposed “waters of the United States” rule would affect farmers and ranchers.
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Arkansas Agriculture Would Benefit from Passage of TPA

- Posted 4/17/2015 at 1:05 p.m.
Arkansas agriculture stands to be among the winners if Congress passes trade promotion authority (TPA), introduced Thursday and expected to be in committee next week.
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Farmers continue to make the case for ag labor reform

- Posted 4/17/2015 at 9:55 a.m.
Whether they’re growing blackberries in Georgia, grain in North Dakota or leafy greens in California, farmers and ranchers across the country are in dire need of a reliable, skilled workforce.
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VIDEO: Motivating Future Leaders

- Posted 4/17/2015 at 12:00 a.m.
An instructor at North Arkansas College, Matt Shekels is helping the next generation of agricultural leaders.
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ASU junior awarded Farm Bureau Vines Scholarship

- Posted 4/16/2015 at 3:08 p.m.
Teisha Bagwell of Cave City is the 2015 recipient of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Marvin Vines Memorial Scholarship.
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Farm Bureau Endorses Bill to Sink Controversial WOTUS Rule

- Posted 4/16/2015 at 10:05 a.m.
The American Farm Bureau Federation today asked Congress to pass legislation ordering the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the controversial “Waters of the United States” proposal.
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Farm Bureau Ag Safety Poster contest winners announced

Arkansas Farm Bureau has announced the winners of its annual safety poster contest.
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Rain slows row crop planting again, but boosts NW forage growth,‘skeeters

- Posted 4/15/2015 at 10:14 a.m.
Monday’s rain has been a boon for dry hay meadows in northwest Arkansas, but will keep row crop growers out of the field again, county extension agents for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said on Tuesday.
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Moms on the Farm tour offers glimpse into food production process

- Posted 4/13/2015 at 3:56 p.m.
On April 21, the fourth annual Moms on the Farm Tour will provide attendees with a better understanding of how farmers provide consumers with the food they feed their families as they tour local farms in the Northwest Arkansas area.
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Read the new FB Press online

- Posted 4/13/2015 at 11:02 a.m.
A bi-weekly newsletter for our volunteer leaders throughout the state.
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VIDEO: EPA Regulatory Overreach

- Posted 4/10/2015 at 3:01 p.m.
Challenges remain as Congress attempts to prevent the EPA from expanding its regulatory authority of private property under its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.
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PODCAST: Effective Media Relations

- Posted 4/10/2015 at 12:00 a.m.
Representatives of Jonesboro television station KAIT discuss the keys to developing effective media relations.
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Farm Bureau Names Hathcote Outstanding Teacher

- Posted 4/8/2015 at 2:47 p.m.
Julie Hathcote, a theme specialist at Chenal Elementary School in Little Rock, is ArFB’s 2015 Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher.
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Answering Tough Ag Questions

- Posted 4/8/2015 at 2:39 p.m.
Through social media, America’s farmers and ranchers explain why they do certain things when raising animals for food. This communication is not just one way.
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Beef and Pork Prices Up, OJ Too

- Posted 4/6/2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Higher retail prices for several foods, including sirloin tip roast, ground chuck, deli ham and orange juice, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket survey.
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Feral hog problems in Arkansas described as ‘World War III’

- Posted 4/6/2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Arkansas farmers are resorting to combat analogies when describing damage done by rooting and wallowing feral hogs.
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PODCAST: Grain Dealer Act

- Posted 4/3/2015 at 3:55 p.m.
Governor Asa Hutchinson has signed Act 601, the Arkansas Grain Dealer Act into law to bring oversight to the business of buying and selling grain.
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VIDEO: County Farm Bureau Presidents' Tour

- Posted 4/3/2015 at 9:00 a.m.
County Farm Bureau Presidents travel to Washington, DC to meet with their congressional delegation.
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VIDEO: Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame

- Posted 4/2/2015 at 2:53 p.m.
Around 500 friends and supporters of Arkansas agriculture were in attendance to honor this year’s inductees March 6, 2015.
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PODCAST: Avian Influenza

- Posted 4/2/2015 at 1:11 p.m.
Steps are being taken to prevent the further spread of Avian Influenza in Arkansas and reopen export markets to poultry products.
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VIDEO: Capitol Conversations - Sen. Blake Johnson

- Posted 4/1/2015 at 1:18 p.m.
Sen. Johnson discusses key legislation passed this session and his thoughts on the legislative process.
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USDA corn and soybean plantings forecast increases

- Posted 3/31/2015 at 4:21 p.m.
The Agriculture Department’s Prospective Plantings report indicates that compared to 2014 farmers will plant more acres of soybeans but fewer acres of corn this spring.
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USDA releases proposed "Actively Engaged" rule

- Posted 3/30/2015 at 2:15 p.m.
USDA released a proposed rule that would change the definition of actively engaged for individuals to qualify for farm program payments under the 2014 farm bill.
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USDA extends Farm Program sign-up again

- Posted 3/30/2015 at 12:10 p.m.
USDA announced that farmers will have an extra week to update their base acre allocations and yield histories and to enroll in the Price Loss Coverage or the Agriculture Risk Coverage programs.
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Arkansas governor signs Grain Dealer Act to regulate brokers

- Posted 3/27/2015 at 3:30 p.m.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation requiring all grain dealers in the state to be licensed with the State Plant Board and demonstrate “adequate levels of creditworthiness” when buying grain from farmers.
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Over 300,000 grain sorghum acres in Arkansas?

- Posted 3/27/2015 at 3:18 p.m.
There was plenty of chatter at winter meetings regarding the expected boom in Mid-South grain sorghum acreage. As planting draws closer, the chatter has only intensified.
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Farm Bureau’s Veach Appreciates Senate Budget Action

- Posted 3/27/2015 at 3:13 p.m.
ArFB President Randy Veach took note of the Senate budget resolution that passed late Thursday night, specifically the inclusion of two amendments impacting Arkansas agriculture.
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Statement Regarding Key Senate Votes on WOTUS

- Posted 3/26/2015 at 12:07 p.m.
“Key votes this week in the Senate delivered a resounding message that the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is flawed in both substance and process."
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VIDEO: Capitol Conversations - Rep. Milton Nicks Jr.

- Posted 3/26/2015 at 11:38 a.m.
Rep. Nicks shares his thoughts from his first session and how satisfying it is to serve.
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PODCAST: 2015 Farm Program

Farmers are having to learn how to operate under a new set of rules set forth by the 2014 Farm Bill.
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