School entries are being accepted for the fifth annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) and Farm Credit. Applicants may be any Arkansas school, grades pre-K through 12, that had a school garden open during the 2017-2018 school year, or any schools planning to start a garden in the 2018-2019 school year.
The Arkansas Beef Project, a program of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, is the beneficiary of what has become a generous annual donation from three Arkansas Farm Credit associations. Michelle Shope, Alliance director of food sourcing and logistics, accepted a check for $5,300 from Mike Williams, Farm Credit Midsouth, and Lana Stovall, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, and Jill Robertson, Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, to help support this innovative hunger relief program.
Farm Credit Midsouth is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Williams to Senior Vice President of Branch Operations, Chief Services Officer. In his new role, Williams will manage and lead branch management teams, as well as working with internal teams to ensure Farm Credit Midsouth is providing the highest quality services to its customers.
January saw the start of Arkansas’ 91 General Assembly and there were several bills that have an effect on agriculture across Arkansas. We were actively involved in the legislative process and we had good success in working for good legislation and defeating legislation which would have been harmful to agriculture.
USDA reminds farmers, families and small businesses disaster assistance programs are available. “USDA has people on the ground, in every county, who can help you. We will do everything we can to help farmers get those fields back in order and encourage them to take advantage of these USDA resources.”