August, 2017 

"Our farmers markets support local economies; offer fresh, healthy food sources for our families; and provide a way for farmers to directly engage with consumers. We are proud to join a national week of highlighting the role agriculture and farmers markets play in strengthening our communities," said Governor Hutchinson. (2016 Farmers Market Week Proclamation Signing pictured at left)
Arkansas News
Cheryl Fossler & Terry Kellum are winners of Arkansas Agriculture Department's first quarterly efficiency suggestion awards. Submissions from the two could save $11,589 in FY2017.
Agriculture Secretary Ward participated in a meeting with Governor Hutchinson, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and Attorney General Rutledge about the future of WOTUS during Pruitt's state-to-state tour.
Arkansas interns, hired through the Southern United States Trade Association and overseen by AAD Marketing Director Christian Olsen (pictured), worked through the summer to contact Arkansas businesses about international business/marketing opportunities for Arkansas products. Governor Hutchinson (also pictured) and Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward offered appreciation for their efforts.

Arkansas Ag Fact: 

Arkansas Farmers Market Week is August 6-12 - part of a nationwide effort to highlight the important role farms and farmers markets play in communities.

There are 3.5 times as many U.S. farmers over the age of 65 as there are under 35. Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for new farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs allowing them to start small and test new products.

What is one way the AAD serves AR farmers and ranchers?

Inspectors from the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission work to inspect livestock animals at fairs and exhibitions across the state. With fair season upon us, find entry requirements Arkansas Exhibition Regulations for Livestock, Poultry, and Exotic Animals.

Find all other Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Rules and Regulations.
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The Arkansas Agriculture Department is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation.

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