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JONESBORO — U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.), a ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairman, will hold a hearing on the ground in Arkansas on Friday to win input from growers in the wild as the drafting process for the 2023 Farm Bill begins.

The hearing — titled “2023 Farm Bill: Perspectives from the Natural State” — will be held Friday at 9 a.m. in Riceland Hall at the Fowler Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

It will feature two panels comprised of Arkansas agricultural producers, industry stakeholders and rural community supporters. They will be preceded by a welcome panel consisting of Dr. Mickey Latour, Dean of ASU’s College of Agriculture, and Rich Hillman, President of the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

The following witnesses will testify at the hearing:

Panel I

Mr. Nathan Reed, President, American Cotton Producers, Marianna.

Mr. Brad Doyle, President, American Soybean Association, Weiner.

Mrs. Anne Marie Doramus, Commissioner, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Little Rock.

Mr. John McAlpine, President, Kingwood Forestry Services, Inc., Monticello.

Mr. Mark Morgan, Farmer, Peach Pickin’ Paradise and Morgan Farms, Clarksville.

Ms. Jennifer James, Chair, USA Rice Sustainability Committee, Newport.

Panel II

Mr. Greg Cole, Managing Director, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Little Rock.

Ms. L. Elizabeth Bowles, President and CEO, Aristotle Unified Communications, LLC, Little Rock.

Mr. Buddy Hasten, President and Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, Little Rock.

Ms. Rhonda Sanders, General Manager, Arkansas Foodbank, Little Rock.

Mr. Dennis Sternberg, General Manager, Arkansas Rural Water Association, Lonoke.

The hearing will be streamed live online at ag.senate.gov and on the Committee Republicans Twitter account @SenateAgGOP.

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