The Senate Agriculture Committee held a field hearing in Arkansas Monday. Chairman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., said putting the economy back on the right track is her number one priority. Three formal panels presented remarks and the audience was given the opportunity to provide written feedback.
In her opening remarks, Lincoln said the hearing provided an opportunity for Arkansans to begin a new dialogue with the Senate Agriculture Committee that would help shape the committee's agenda moving forward.
Lincoln pointed to the problems wet weather has presented the state's agricultural producers. As a result, there are concerns for producer income and related agriculture industry jobs. She said that is why she has co-signed a bill to provide additional direct payments to producers in Counties where there's a USDA declared disaster.