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Arkansas AgCast | Jan. 14, 2021

This week, we learn about the Arkansas Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee’s recent work and their participation in American Farm Bureau’s Virtual Annual Convention. We also talk to Arkansas State Representative DeAnn Vaught about a new state meat inspection bill she is championing and we learn about a very busy week for Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Public Affairs and Government Relations team.
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VIDEO: 2021 American Farm Bureau Virtual Business Session

This year's American Farm Bureau Annual Convention wraps up today with a virtual Business Session. Arkansas Farm Bureau voting delegates joined in from the Arkansas Farm Bureau headquarters in Little Rock and worked along with Farm Bureau leaders from across the country to finalize the organization's policies for 2021. Hear what some of our delegates had to say about the process.
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VIDEO: USMCA Takes Effect

The United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement went into effect July 1. Matt King, director of National Affairs for Arkansas Farm Bureau's Public Affairs and Governmental Relations department explains why this is important for agriculture and why it's step up from the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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AgCast Video Extra: Paycheck Protection & CFAP

Mark Lambert, director of Commodity Activities and Economics at Arkansas Farm Bureau, joined AgCast to discuss recent changes to the federal Paycheck Protection Program and Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which can provide vital financial assistance to Arkansas farmers and ranchers impacted by the pandemic.
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VIDEO: A Farm Corps Success Story

Michael Whatley was trained to drive heavy equipment in the National Guard. That skill helped land him a job hauling rice for Craighead County farmer and ArFB board member Joe Christian, thanks to the new Farm Corps initiative led by Congressman Rick Crawford, in partnership with the National Guard and Arkansas Farm Bureau.
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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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#AgisEssential: Updates from Arkansas Farmers, Ranchers & Ag Businesses

As the COVID-19 pandemic response continues, so does the work of farmers and ranchers to keep food on shelves and tables around the state, country and world. We've been getting reports from Arkansas farmers and ranchers in their fields and workshops, telling us about their work, and highlighting the fact that all of agriculture is essential during these troubled times, including businesses that provide services and support to farmers. Take a look at a collection of these reports from around the state and find out what they're doing and the challenges they're facing.
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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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