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COVID-19 Policy & Issue Updates

We've compiled a list of key updates and links related to agriculture and the COVID-19 crisis, from policy analysis and explanations to reference materials for government programs and farming and ranching stories.
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Arkansas Ag Industry to Gov. Asa Hutchinson: Ag Industry is Essential

Late last week, the Department of Homeland Security designated food and agriculture one of 16 critical sectors in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, and said that workers in those industries should stay on the job. Arkansas Farm Bureau and a consortium of agriculture industry groups have come together to thank Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson for his response to the COVID-19 crisis so far and request that he designate agriculture as essential at the state level.
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Recap: ArFB H-2A Call with Congressional Leaders

Today, Arkansas Farm Bureau leaders and policy experts held a conference call with the entire Arkansas Congressional delegation to discuss issues and concerns with accessing foreign labor through the H-2A program during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This is a recap of that discussion.
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AgCast for March 6

This week, it's all about policy issues, as we recap the just-completed Arkansas Farm Bureau President's Advocacy & Leadership Tour to Washington, D.C. We talk to the members of the Farm Bureau team who lead the trip about what was accomplished and why it's important for Arkansas farmers and ranchers to have their voices heard on Capitol Hill.
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VIDEO: American Farm Bureau Convention Day 4

The voting delegate session was held today, Jan. 21st, at the 2020 Annual American Farm Bureau Convention in Austin, Texas. Arkansas members joined 346 delegates from across the country who worked to set 2020 policy positions on issues important to the organization's 6 million members.
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AgCast: ArFB's Matt King on the Market Facilitation Program, Trade

President Donald Trump recently authorized a second round of Market Facilitation Program payments to farmers and ranchers to offset economic losses due to the ongoing trade dispute with China and loss of that important market. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Matt King, Director of National Affairs for Arkansas Farm Bureau, encourages producers to sign up for the payments before the deadline in December and explains why exporting our agricultural products is necessary to maintain a viable ag economy.
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VIDEO: Trade Talk with Japanese Ambassador

Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, joined Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach on a visit to the farm of Robby Bevis near Scott in Lonoke County. The ambassador was visiting Arkansas from the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. to discuss possible agricultural trade expansion.
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VIDEO: Spotlight on Veteran Farmers

Across America, military veterans are returning to the land, digging in, and creating new lives as farmers and caretakers, feeding their families and the world. Programs like Homegrown By Heroes and Vets4Ag are helping cultivate a new generation of farmers, developing viable employment and meaningful careers. For a recent Homegrown By Heroes event, we interviewed three Arkansas farmer veterans: U.S. Air Force veteran Desmond Simmons and U.S. Navy vets Dwayne Long and Adrian Sopshire. Watch to learn more about these men and their post-military careers in agriculture.
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