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Crawford Announces $164,000 Grant for Arkansas 4-H
October 28, 2014
U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1) announced Tuesday the National 4-H Council has awarded $164,000 to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service in support of the 4-H National Mentoring Program. The grant comes as a part of the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s national effort to strengthen, expand, and implement youth mentoring activities to improve the lives of millions of young Americans. This grant will provide funding to facili... More
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Crawford, Costa React to WTO Ruling on COOL Rule
October 21, 2014
U.S. Representatives Rick Crawford (R-AR) and Jim Costa (D-CA), Chairman and Ranking Member and of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit respectively, issued the following statement Monday regarding the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against the United States and its mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): “Today’s ruling by the WTO presents an opportunity for policy makers to work alo... More
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Arkansas Congressmen: New FSA Loan Extensions in Turner Case Provide Relief
October 21, 2014
U.S. Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) applauded a decision Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend the repayment date of its Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) an additional 90 days to agricultural producers affected by the Turner Grain Merchandising collapse in Brinkley, Ark. The Arkansas House delegation sent a joint letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on August 28... More

DO School Bolsters First District Healthcare, Economy
October 17, 2014
The ancient Roman poet Virgil once wrote, “The greatest wealth is health.” While it often proves difficult to treasure that wealth when we’re healthy, we fully understand its value when we’re not. I believe Arkansas’ First District has seen firsthand the value of health; mainly because many of our residents have seen it slipping away, especially within the underserved Delta region. In terms of average life expectancy, 8 of the 10 lowest counties in Arkansas reside within the Delta at about 70-73... More

Need for Agricultural Disaster Options Shows in 2014
October 10, 2014
A quick glance at 2014 might give the impression that Arkansas agriculture has had a banner year. Riding an El Niño climate pattern that promoted rainfall and milder temperatures, the state saw good pasture growth for livestock this summer while also setting an overall yield record for winter wheat at 63 bushels per acre. Meanwhile, fall harvests have proven equally promising, with strong yields reported for many First District row crops, including multiple 100-plus bushels-per-acre soybeans. An... More
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