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July 3, 2014
STUTTGART, Ark. – Farmers and growers are invited to speak up and give input at the
2014 Arkansas Rice Expo on the best ways to protect our water resources.
“Agriculture is the leading user of water, by far,” said Mike Daniels, a professor
and extension water quality specialist with the University of Arkansas System Division
Crops, especially rice, need water, which Daniels said is the reason why this session
is essential to be held at the Arkansas Rice Expo.
The session, known as the Arkansas Water Plan Update, is meant to report to the public
and policy makers about the current condition of Arkansas water, as well as gathering
recommendations that could be implemented to protect the quantity and quality of the
state’s water resource.
Chance to make a difference
In just half an hour, attendees will learn about the supply and demand report of the
Everyone, especially farmers and growers, is encouraged to give recommendations that
will later be brought up to state legislators.
If these policies are established, Daniels hopes there will be a positive impact for
In efforts to produce the best crops and to develop Arkansas’ economy, this session
will include the public, state organizations, and legislators.
“We can’t grow crops in Arkansas if we don’t have water,” Daniels said, adding the
Rice Expo is a “good opportunity for farmers to see the progress made and to give
one chance for input.”
The Rice Expo is set for Friday, Aug. 1, at the Grand Prairie Center, 2807 Highway
165 South, in Stuttgart.
The Arkansas Water Plan Update session is from 9 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. and is followed
by sessions on some of the best tips to protect the water resource.
To find out more about the 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo, follow us on Twitter at @ARiceExpo.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race,
color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
By Kezia NandaU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org