July, 2018
Governor Hutchinson and Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward signed Memorandums of Understanding with Ghana officials led by the Honorable Hajia Alima Mahama   Ghana to strengthen partnerships that promote agriculture & economic development.
Greenbay Packaging hosted AAD officials for mill tours at the  Pinecrest Lumber Mill in Menifee (pictured) and, Kraft Division Mill in Opello
Arkansas veterinarians and public health officials attended the 44 th National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Conference. The NPIP is a cooperative industry, state, and federal disease surveillance program for poultry and poultry products.The Arkansas NPIP program helps to protect interstate and international trade of poultry and poultry products for the Arkansas poultry industry.
AAD employees participated in the 2018 Blue & You Fitness Challenge, which encourages physical activity/healthy lifestyles. For three months, participants logged exercises to earn points. AAD finished in 6th place, for the 16-18 participant category. Congrats to our team!
Arnold Hameister was honored for his 30+ year career at the AAD's Arkansas Forestry Commission, the last 10 years of which were spent implementing the Best Management Practices for Water Quality program, with landowners, loggers, and forest industry partners across Arkansas.

Arkansas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Director Dr. Russ Summers presented to newly licensed Arkansas veterinarians yesterday following their written state board exam, which is administered by The Arkansas Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
Arkansas Ag Fact:

The most recent USDA-Nass Acreage Report for Arkansas reflects increases in planted acreage for many commodities in 2018:  

  • Corn is up 5%
  • Cotton is up 8%
  • Rice is up 20%
  • Soybeans are up 2%
  • Oats are up 9%
  • Sorghum is up 11%

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

Feral hogs have an estimated population of between four and five million across the U.S. and are responsible for millions of dollars in damage each year to agriculture and other property. 

The Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force has launched an anonymous reporting system to help measure feral hog removal efforts currently taking place in Arkansas and to help better estimate the state’s feral hog population. These easily accessible reporting forms are available to report wild hogs killed, here , or wild hogs sighted, here , and can be completed within minutes whenever feral hogs are removed or seen within the state.  
Arkansas Forestry Commission Quarterly Board Meeting: July 20, LR
Arkansas Agriculture Department Quarterly Board Meeting: August 1, LR