UACES Facebook LeadAR Class 19 Prepares for National Study Tour
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LeadAR Class 19 Prepares for National Study Tour

by Lisa Davis - August 30, 2021

LeadAR Class 19 photo collageThe National Study Tour for LeadAR Class 19 will commence in Washington D.C. the week of September 19, 2021.

Participants are scheduled to visit with Arkansas' Congressional Delegation and staff, learn about policy from agencies and trade groups, and network with agriculture leadership groups from other states.

“The UADA Community, Professional, and Economic Development leadership team is working diligently to coordinate a robust educational experience that affords unique opportunities for LeadAR participants to learn more about current issues, understand the formation of policy and impact on the state, and create a valuable network of contacts and resources that can continue development of communities in Arkansas,” said Dr. Julie Robinson, the program's director and an associate professor.

During the LeadAR virtual session on August 27, Kristin Higgins with the Public Policy Center shared information about Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation. She also provided details on policy topics such as:

  • Waters of the United States 
  • Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act which includes highways, bridges, public transportation, electric vehicle charging stations, broadband, and addressing waterway pollution that impacts the Gulf
  • Farm Bill
  • Immigration
  • American Rescue Plan
  • State Meat Inspection

Higgins challenged the group to identify the issues they want to learn about or talk to legislators about. She suggested before they go to review who they will meet, learn about their policy views, and identify personal calls to action.

Lisa Davis, UADA program associate—leadership, provided the class details on logistics, schedule, and COVID protocols.

LeadAR is a program designed to help Arkansans broaden their understanding of issues and opportunities facing our state and strengthen their ability to make a difference. For more information about LeadAR, visit the website or contact Robinson,, or Lisa Davis,