U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will start his annual Ag Tour next week. Boozman will kick off the week-long highlight of Arkansas agriculture operations on Monday in Charleston, a rural community outside of Fort Smith, and continue with stops at farms and facilities across the state.
“My leadership role on the Senate agriculture committee puts me in a strong position to shape the debates over how to address challenges facing farmers and ranchers in Arkansas and throughout the country. I’m committed to working toward a better future for them by pushing back on executive branch actions that are harmful to producers and pursuing policies that help rural America thrive. I look forward to visiting with Arkansas producers on this tour and taking their input back to Washington where it can be used to ensure Congress helps strengthen and support food and fiber production in the Natural State,” said Boozman.
Boozman has used his role as ranking member of the committee to champion the cause of Arkansas’s farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners. He has helped lead the charge against tax code changes proposals that put the future of family-run agriculture operations at risk. The Senate overwhelmingly passed the Growing Climate Solutions Act after Boozman pushed for changes to make the bill more farmer friendly. Additionally, the senator worked closely with Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to advance legislation providing more than $7 billion in disaster assistance to help farmers with losses due to natural disasters including the recent flooding in Arkansas.
Boozman’s Ag Tour will include meetings with ranchers, farmers and other agricultural stakeholders as he visits farms, production facilities and research operations. The tour includes stops in Franklin, Logan, Pope, Faulkner, Garland, Hot Springs, Clark, Lonoke, Jackson, Craighead, Cross, Lee and Arkansas counties.