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Flood recovery meeting for ag producers set for Aug. 15 at Conway County Fairgrounds

July 31, 2019 

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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  • Flood recovery meeting to be held at Conway Co Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Building
  • Meeting begins at 9 a.m.

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MORRILTON, Ark.  – Arkansas farmers affected by the spring’s record-breaking flooding will be able to learn about available options for recovery efforts at a meeting Aug. 15 at the Conway County Fairgrounds.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building at the fairgrounds in Morrilton, near the city park. 

COMING UP FAST — Creeks feeding the Arkansas River are backing up, unable to send water downstream as the river swells from rainfall. This implement dealership was moving equipment May 28, 2019, as the water rose. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo by Phil SIms)

“This outreach meeting brings together several agencies that can offer varying aspects of recovery help,” said Kevin Van Pelt, Conway County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “We want all of our affected producers to know what’s out there for them.”

The agenda will include updates on countywide projects from Conway County Judge Jimmy Hart, and a question-and-answer panel.

The meeting is presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Conway County Conservation District, Arkansas Natural Resource Commission, the Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Cooperative Extension Service.

Here’s the meeting agenda:

  • 9 a.m. - Introduction and overview - Cindy Neal,  Natural Resources Conservation Service, moderator
  • 9:10 a.m. - Update on countywide projects, Jimmy Hart, Conway County judge
  • 9:20 a.m. - USDA Program Availability, Carol Hoyt, Farm Service Agency – Loans; Robert Evans, FSA – Programs; Tiffany Williams, NRCS.
  • 10:10 a.m. - Flood recovery for ag producers: Jennifer Caraway, Miller County extension – Forages, Kevin VanPelt, Conway County extension agent - Cropland
  • 10:30 a.m. - Q & A and panel discussion with Mike Sullivan, NRCS state conservationist and David Curtis, FSA state director.

For information about the meeting, contact the Conway County Extension Office at (501) 977-2146.

About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please call (501) 977-2146 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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 Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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