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  • Arkansas Delegation Urges Perdue to Take Quick Action, Requests Replant Flexibility
    Posted in Press Releases on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday evening, members of the Arkansas congressional delegation sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, requesting immediate assistance in providing relief to Arkansas farmers affected by recent flooding in the state. They also requested flexibility in the enforcement of “ability to replant” USDA provisions. Following the letter’s sending, Congressman Rick Crawford said the following: “Much of the damage to many of our rural communities and farms is wo... Read more

  • Crawford Applauds WOTUS Repeal
    Posted in Press Releases on March 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order that would repeal any part of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) that was not lawful. After the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created a false perception of support through a grassroots lobbying effort, the WOTUS rule went into effect, though many Members of Congress, producers and small business owners opposed this rule. As a staunch supporter of farmers, Representative Crawford and several Representatives sent a letter to the EPA Off... Read more

  • Crawford Introduces Bill to Protect Hunters, Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on February 27, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) introduced H.R. 1099, which amends the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in order to protect producers and sportsmen from unfair penalties that result from hunting over ratoon rice fields. The bill, known as the Hunter and Farmer Protection Act, would allow each state’s cooperative extension service to weigh in on the difference between what constitutes baiting and usual agricultural practices. Senator Tom Cotton (AR) has introduced the sa... Read more

  • Crawford Issues Statement on Cuba
    Posted in Press Releases on December 17, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Following President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will ease its isolation of Cuba after more than 50 years, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1) issued the following statement: “While I welcome the restoration of trade between the U.S. and Cuba on behalf of Arkansas agriculture and manufacturers, Congress must proceed with caution and deliberation in response to the president’s decision. I pledge to lend my voice and the voice of Arkansas businesses to what promises to be a thorough and ro... Read more

  • Crawford to Serve as Chairman of Prominent House Agriculture Subcommittee
    Posted in Press Releases on December 16, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford (AR-1) has accepted the chairmanship of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, serving as the key House authority for oversight and rule implementation for the farm bill. House Agriculture Committee Chairman-Elect Congressman Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the announcement on December 10, having served as Subcommittee chairman during the 113th Congress, which included the 2014 farm bill mar... Read more

  • First District Food Production Plays Critical Role in Hunger Crisis
    Posted in Weekly Column on December 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    On first glance, Arkansas has little in common with West Africa. They sit roughly 4,000 miles apart as the crow flies, separated by both land and sea. West Africa has more than 100 times the population of Arkansas, and the cultures, wildlife, climate, and landscapes between the two regions are radically different. Finally, West African countries have histories of kingdoms and empires dating back thousands of years, whereas Arkansas has yet to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its statehood with... Read more

  • Crawford, Boozman Urge Kerry to Protect American Rice Farmers
    Posted in Press Releases on November 18, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) and U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today urged protecting American rice producers against unfair business practices in Iraq. In early November, the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) paid $1.4 million more to buy rice from Brazil and Uruguay rather than accept the competitive, lower bid by U.S. rice. “Given the considerable investment of resources by the American taxpayer in Iraq, it is critical that the United States be ... Read more

  • Crawford, Costa React to WTO Ruling on COOL Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on October 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    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... Read more

  • Arkansas Congressmen: New FSA Loan Extensions in Turner Case Provide Relief
    Posted in Press Releases on October 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    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... Read more

  • Need for Agricultural Disaster Options Shows in 2014
    Posted in Weekly Column on October 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    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... Read more