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Gov. Hutchinson Announces Six-County Farm Tour

Hutchinson meets with Farmers 2017
Gov. Asa Hutchinson will kick off his 2018 Agriculture Tour, his second since taking office in 2015, to meet with farmers in south Arkansas and to discuss a number of issues facing the state’s agriculture community.
During his 2017 tour, Governor Hutchinson visited seven counties across the eastern part of the state. This year, the governor is scheduled to make seven stops in six counties across south Arkansas, including, among others, cattle farms, fruit orchards and timberland sites.
The 2018 tour will begin Monday morning, Aug. 6, in Little River County and end Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 7, in Desha County. Topics of discussion will focus on export markets, rural highways, rural education and transformation of government.
“Arkansas agriculture produces everything from the meat and vegetables we put on our tables to the wood we build our tables with,” Hutchinson said. “Every season presents new issues for our farmers, and every aspect of agriculture presents its own challenges. I’m eager to get out in the state to meet with farmers and to hear about their concerns as well as their success stories as stewards of Arkansas’s largest industry.”
Tour stops include Howard, Little River, Sevier, Nevada, Ouachita and Desha counties. Members of the media are invited to the following:
Monday, August 6, 2018
WINTHROP, LITTLE RIVER COUNTY
Discussion with Farmers
10:40 – 11:40 a.m.
Ricky Fawcett and RB Fawcett Farms
168 Little River 112
Winthrop, AR
DE QUEEN, SEVIER COUNTY
Lunch Discussion with Farmers and Local Leaders
12:20 – 1:20 p.m.
Mary Pop’s Restaurant
116 US-71
De Queen, AR
NASHVILLE, HOWARD COUNTY
Discussion with Farmers
2:10 – 3:10 p.m.
Jamison Orchards
169 Bluegrass Rd.
Nashville, AR
NASHVILLE, HOWARD COUNTY
Discussion with Local Leaders
3:40 – 4:40 p.m.
Nashville High School
1301 Mt. Pleasant Dr.
Nashville, AR
Tuesday, August 7, 2018: 
PRESCOTT, NEVADA COUNTY
Discussion Farmers and Local Leaders
8:50 – 9:50 a.m.
Prescott/Nevada County Library
121 W Main St.
Prescott, AR
CAMDEN, OUACHITA COUNTY
Forestry Tour/Discussion
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Rogers Lumber Company
937 Hwy 7 North
Camden, AR
MCGEHEE, DESHA COUNTY
Discussion with Farmers
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
McGehee Producers Gin
2106 US-65
McGehee, Arkansas

In the photo above: Gov. Hutchinson visits with Lee County farmers at the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station in Marianna during last year’s farm tour. Hutchinson, center, alongside Claude Kennedy, cotton station resident director, speaks to local farmers on issues facing the agriculture industry. 

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