Meat Processing 101: Small Plant Economics

Important information on the business of running a small meat processing plant, produced by Oregon State University Extension Service.

Meat Processing 101: New Plant Checklist

A list of important tips for building a new USDA-inspected processing plant, produced by the Oregon University Extension Service.

Guide to Designing a Small Red Meat Plant

A guide to recommendations for designing small red meat plants, produced by Iowa State University Extension.

2020 Ag Literacy Project Order Form

The main goal of any Ag-in-the-Classroom program is to increase agricultural awareness among the students in school. One easy way to accomplish this is through a reading program that introduces agricultural themes using books at their grade level. These books are made available at cost to the county Farm Bureaus to purchase and use in their own local program.

Census 2020 Fact Sheet

Make sure your town’s story is told by responding to the 2020 Census—the count of everyone living in the United States. When you do, you’ll also help your town get the most out of the American dream.

How the Census will Impact Rural Arkansas

The census is a critical opportunity for Arkansans to step up and be counted to ensure the future growth and prosperity of rural communities. Arkansas currently ranks in the bottom of the best state response rates to date at number 37. For every person who is not counted, it costs your community tens of thousands of dollars.

Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19

To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.

U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training OFFICE OF FOREIGN LABOR CERTIFICATION COVID-19 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions -- ROUND 3 for April 9, 2020

Letter Affirming Agriculture Service as Essential in Arkansas

A letter from Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward to those in agriculture assuring that the industry is essential and operations can continue.

Rice is Nice: COVID-19 Update Letter/Scoring

With schools closed and 4-H and other youth activities suspended due to COVID-19, we are encouraging selection of county winners in the Rice is Nice Youth Cooking Contest based solely upon their written entry. The state will provide prizes for the winners as promised, all you need to do is send in the form provided in the official rulebook or email The attached scoresheet is a potential guide for selecting county winners to enter into the state contest, but as always, counties are welcome to use whatever criteria they wish to select winners.