November 2018
Governor Asa Hutchinson proclaimed October Pork Month. The Arkansas Agriculture Department gathered with Agriculture Leaders, Industry Partners and Pork Producers at the Capitol for the signing.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department is accepting orders for the 2018 Arkansas Grown t-shirt. All t-shirts are $15 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 .
The AAD is announced the addition of a Junior Membership to the Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made program. They were joined by 4-H and FFA Leadership, industry leaders and 4-H and FFA members at the Ag in Action Center at the Arkansas State Fair Grounds for the announcement. See release here .
AAD entomologists attended the  Arkansas State Fair to teach kids about insects in the Ag in Action Center!
Smokey Bear and  Arkansas Forestry Commission  Rangers made a special appearance at the Ag in Action Center at the  Arkansas State Fair !

Ranger Randy Coy spoke to firefighters of Henderson VFD about watch-out situations when responding to wildfires in Baxter County. This information and much more is discussed further in the AFC eight-hour Wildland Firefighting Class. Stay up-to-date on the class schedule:
AFC Forest Health Specialist, Chandler Barton, assisted with a forest insect booth at the 16th Arkansas Insect Festival. The display featured walking sticks, wood wasps, and pine sawyer beetles. Hosted by the University of Arkansas's Department of Entomology, this educational festival introduces roughly 3,000 students to various insects and the study of entomology. Learn more about Arkansas Forest Health highlights and forest pests of the South: .
Arkansas Grown hosted a booth at the 2018 Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Trade Show in Orlando, FL. Six Arkansas producers exhibited their products in the booth.
More than 700 people attended the Arkansas Forestry Commission's 2018 Fire Show in Greenbrier on Oct. 27. This annual celebration recognizes the service of rural firefighters and their families. The event allowed firefighters from across the state to network, visit with vendors featuring the latest products and fellowship during a provided lunch. But many attendees find the main attraction to be the numerous door prizes, including ones for kids, that are handed out during the course of the day.
Arkansas Ag Fact:

Happy Thanksgiving! Did you know all frozen Butterball turkeys are produced in Arkansas.

Turkeys generate $434 million in cash receipts every year and consistently rank in Arkansas's top 10 commodities.

November 19-23 will be proclaimed Arkansas Turkey Week by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
What is one way the AAD serves Arkansas farmers and ranchers?

Since 2005, the Agricultural Abandoned Pesticide Program has overseen the collection of 3, 646,397 pounds of unwanted pesticide in counties across Arkansas.

Participation in collection events is free and anonymous to farmers and other non-industrial landowners. The Agricultural Abandoned Pesticide Program is administered by the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s State Plant Board.