Rick Crawford Representing Arkansas' First District
U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford Representing Arkansas' First District


    Farm Bureau and U.S. Rep. Crawford Differ On Trump Tariff

    Arkansas Steel and Arkansas Farming: Farm Bureau and U.S. Rep. Crawford Differ On Trump Tariff Written by: Colton Faull & Jacob Kauffman Published by: NPR Agriculture officials in Arkansas are concerned President Trump’s proposed steel tariff could have consequences that would negatively impact the industry. The administration has floated a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum But U.S. Representative Rick Crawford, who represents one of the nation's highest steel produc...


    Agri officials worried about Trump tariffs, Rep. Crawford says tariffs won’t be a problem

    Agri officials worried about Trump tariffs, Rep. Crawford says tariffs won’t be a problem Written by: George Jared Published by: Talk Business & Politics President Donald Trump’s plan to enact a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum has some concerned about global trade wars that could hurt Arkansas agriculture – the state’s largest industry sector. But U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, who also represents the district in which Big River Steel operates, told Talk Business ...


    Crawford introduces Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act

    WASHINGTON D.C. - Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01), along with Representatives Bruce Westerman (AR-04), Ralph Abraham (LA-05), and Robert Aderholt (AL-04), have introduced H.R. 3041, the Aquaculture Risk Reduction Act, to protect fish farmers from unreasonable fines and criminal prosecution after they commit minor or accidental Lacey Act infractions. Specifically, the bill amends the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to provide a de minimus exemption for commercial shipments of fish unless the in...


    Arkansas Delegation Urges Perdue to Take Quick Action, Requests Replant Flexibility

    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...


    Crawford Applauds WOTUS Repeal

    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...


    Crawford Introduces Bill to Protect Hunters, Farmers

    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...


    Crawford Issues Statement on Cuba

    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...


    Crawford to Serve as Chairman of Prominent House Agriculture Subcommittee

    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...


    First District Food Production Plays Critical Role in Hunger Crisis

    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...


    Crawford, Boozman Urge Kerry to Protect American Rice Farmers

    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 ...

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