Governor kicks off agriculture tour in Winthrop

Updated: August 10, 2018

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (right) visits with Ashdown Mayor James Sutton (left), Terry Smith and his son, Parker, during the Governor’s Agriculture Tour kickoff on Monday at Ricky Fawcett and RB Fawcett Farms in Winthrop.

By Quinton Bagley

Little River News

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson kicked off his 2018 Agriculture Tour on Monday at Ricky Fawcett and RB Fawcett Farms in Winthrop. This was Hutchinson second such tour that give him the opportunity to meet with farmers in south Arkansas and to discuss a number of issues facing the state’s agriculture community. The topics of this year’s tour focused on export markets, rural highways, rural education and transformation of government.

“Arkansas agriculture produces everything from the meat and vegetables we put on our tables to the wood we build our tables with,” Hutchinson said. “Every season presents new issues for our farmers, and every aspect of agriculture presents its own challenges. I’m eager to get out in the state to meet with farmers and to hear about their concerns as well as their success stories as stewards of Arkansas’s largest industry.”

During his 2017 tour, Hutchinson visited seven counties across the eastern part of the state. This year, the Governor is scheduled to make seven stops in six counties across south Arkansas, including, among others, cattle farms, fruit orchards, and timberland sites in Howard, Little River, Sevier, Nevada, Ouachita and Desha counties.

“I believe Rural Arkansas is the backbone of Arkansas,” State Representative DeAnn Vaught said. “What a big day for Southwest Arkansas for the Governor and the Secretary of Agriculture to kick off their Ag Tour! I was so glad to see the farmers that showed up to participate and share their concerns and worries for agriculture in Arkansas!”