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by Lisa Davis - June 27, 2022
Agriculture in Arkansas contributes $19.4 billion annually to the state’s economy.
Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture shared many details about
agriculture industry in Arkansas with LeadAR Class 19 participants in the June 24,
2022, virtual session. Details include:
Joe Fox, forestry division director, discussed forestry in Arkansas. He said, the
mission of the division is to protect Arkansas’ forests, and those who enjoy them,
from wildland fire and natural hazards while promoting rural and urban forest health.
Highlights of his presentation include:
Livestock and Poultry
Patrick Fisk, livestock and poultry division director, shared information about livestock
and poultry. The primary goal of the division is to protect animal and human health
from zoonotic and other communicable animal diseases.
He said Arkansas is nationally ranked in the following:
Fox shared information about the Plant Industries division. Its mission is to protect
and serve the citizens of Arkansas and the agricultural and business communities by
providing information and unbiased enforcement of laws and regulations set by the
Arkansas State Plant Board, thus ensuring quality products and services.
He provided the following data:
Chris Colclasure, natural resources division director, discussed the Arkansas Natural
Resources division. He said it serves as the lead agency for conserving Arkansas land
and water resources. In 2021, the division had the following impacts:
Class 19 also heard from Lisa Davis, leadership program associate, about the initial
itinerary of the international studies tour to Portugal in September. More details
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lisa Davis, email@example.com.