WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, is launching his annual Ag Tour next week. The senator will kick off the week-long highlight of Arkansas agriculture operations on Monday in Charleston and continue with stops at farms and facilities across the state.
The Ag Tour is a cornerstone of the senator’s August in-state work period, but this is the first time Boozman will be holding it as the lead Republican on the Senate agriculture committee.
“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 continue to champion the cause of Arkansas’s family farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners. He has helped lead the charge against tax code changes proposed by the White House that put the future of family-run agriculture operations at risk. As a result of his leadership, the Senate overwhelming passed the Growing Climate Solutions Act after Boozman pushed for changes to make the bill more farmer friendly. Additionally, Boozman worked closely with Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee to advance legislation that provides more than $7 billion in disaster assistance to help farmers and ranchers 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 Spring, Clark, Lonoke, Jackson, Craighead, Cross, Lee and Arkansas counties. Follow the Ag Tour on social media at #ARisAg.