December 2018
Congratulations to Chris and Judy Isbell and family of Lonoke County on being selected as the 2018 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year.
Nov. 19-25 was proclaimed Turkey Week by Governor Hutchinson at the state Capitol. AAD personnel joined industry leaders, partners and FFA and 4H for the event.
November was proclaimed Soybean Month by  Governor Asa Hutchinson  and presented to the  Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board  at the  Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation  Conference.
AAD is accepting orders for Arkansas Grown t-shirts. All t-shirts are $12 until December 25 and are available in sizes YS-Adult XXXL. The children's design (pictured above right) is available in 3-24 month onesies and YS-YXL. There will be a $2 handling fee for any orders that are shipped. To order a shirt, please email your name, size and address to brooke.clanton@agriculture.arkansas.gov or text your order to (501) 410-4616.
Welcome New Board Members! 
Arkansas Agriculture Board
Sammy Angel of Lake Village
Ryan Anglin of Bentonville
Brent Butler of Siloam Springs
Jerry Christie of Nashville

Arkansas State Plant Board
Mark Morgan of Clarksville

AAD attended the Veteran’s Day Celebration with  Governor Asa Hutchinson  hosted by the Arkansas Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The newest members of AAD's Homegrown by Heroes were presented with their signs.
Congratulations on 10 years of service! AAD's Gerald Ezell, Franz Oliver, and Marchall Caster were presented with certificates of service at the Thanksgiving and Veteran's Day potluck.
Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward attended an event with AgLaunch and other local state agriculture commissioners to discuss ag innovation, rural development, and regional strategy.
AAD personnel represented Arkansas Agriculture at the 2018 Arkansas Farm Bureau Convention and Trade Show in Hot Springs.
Arkansas Ag Fact:
Did you know more than 57% of the state's land area is comprised of forests?

Arkansas has 11.8 billion trees covering over 19 million acres of land.

During the 1950s and 60s, Arkansas lost almost 20 percent of its forestland. However, since 1978, forestland has increased by more than 1 million acres.

It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height, which is 6-7 feet.
What is one way the AAD serves farmers, ranchers and forest landowners?
AAD's Forestry Commission serves as one of the partnering agencies in the Keeping it in the Family project, which is a federally funded grant in an effort to clear up heir property barriers for African American forestland owners.

This project offers assistance for landowners in Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Little River, Ouachita, Nevada and Union Counties, with more counties to be added in the near future.
Milk Board Meeting: December 13, Little Rock
Local Conversations: January 17, Hermitage
Arkansas Agriculture Board Meeting: February 6, Little Rock
4H Galaxy Conference: March 13-15, Bismark, AR