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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

U.S., Brazil Cotton Agreement Protects Trade
October 3, 2014
The date is Friday, September 27, 2002. President George W. Bush is less than halfway through his first term in the Oval Office, Democrat Tom Daschle from South Dakota leads the Senate, and Republican Denny Hastert from Illinois serves as House Speaker. Tech giant Apple released its second-generation iPod two months earlier that has a maximum storage capacity of 20 gigabytes for $499. Meanwhile, U.S. consumers pay only $1.44 for a gallon of gasoline and $2.73 for a gallon of milk. In the Souther... More
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