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2021 SASDA ANNUAL

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Empowering the Global Future of Food,
Fiber, and Forestry

 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

For those who want to get a head start on the activities and fun, registration will open at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 5, 2021. 

 

After checking in at the Marriott, hop on the motor coach at 1:30 for the 45 minute drive to Hot Springs, home of the oldest park in the U. S. National Park System.  There will be time to see the famous hot springs and explore the historic downtown district on your own before dinner at 501 Prime, one of Hot Springs’ premiere restaurants.  Stroll, shop, and sip along the famous Bathhouse Row, visit Oaklawn Park’s new resort and casino, learn more about Hot Springs colorful past at the Gangster Museum, or just relax on the porch of the Arlington Hotel

11:00 A.M.

1:30 P.M.

5:30 P.M.

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4:00 P.M. 

5:30 P.M. 

8:00 P.M.

Registration

Explore Hot Springs

Reception and Dinner, 501 Prime

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Enjoy free time on Sunday morning. Staff can help you find churches, opportunities for self-guided tours and activities, and great restaurants for brunch or lunch. With multiple walking bridges and the trolley, there is fun to be had on both sides of the river.

SASDA members and state executive staff will meet for lunch at noon prior to the business meeting and NASDA update.

 

The opening reception to officially kick-off the 2021 SASDA annual meeting will be held at the hotel Sunday evening, followed by a delicious catfish dinner with all the trimmings at the Old State House Museum, just a few short steps from the hotel.  You might even get to try your hand at catfishing!

8:00 A.M.

12:00 P.M.

12:00 P.M.

1:00 P.M.

5:30 P.M.

6:30 P.M.

8:30 P.M.

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11:30 A.M.

5:00 P.M.

1:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M.

6:30 P.M.

8:00 P.M.

12:00 A.M.

Self-Guided Tours of Little Rock, Lunch on your own​

Registration

Lunch, SASDA Members and staff

Business Meeting and NASDA Update, All Attendees

Opening Reception, Little Rock Marriott

Dinner, Old State House Museum

Hospitality Suite

Monday, June 7, 2021

After a morning of robust discussion on a variety of agricultural topics from invited members of Congress, USDA officials, and the National Agriculture Law Center, the buses will depart for Stuttgart in the Arkansas Delta, an area known as the rice and duck capital of the world.  The trip will provide views of vibrant green rice and soybean fields and an opportunity to hear from leaders in the rice industry.  As the many duck hunters who spend at least part of duck season in Arkansas know, a trip to Stuttgart is not complete without visiting Mack’s, known as The Waterfowl Mecca, and seeing Rich-n-Tone duck calls being made right next door.

 

The balance of the afternoon and evening will be spent at Five Oaks Duck Lodge, an exclusive hunting lodge on more than 6,000 acres of flooded timber and rice fields adjacent to the Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area.  George Dunklin, owner of Five Oaks and the former president of Ducks Unlimited, will be onsite to provide guided tours of innovative, conscientious land-management practices that provide year-around habitat for migratory and wintering waterfowl.  In addition to beautiful Grand Prairie sunsets, other amenities available at the lodge include clay shooting, fishing, and more. 

6:30 A.M.

8:00 A.M.

12:00 P.M.

1:15 P.M.

6:00 P.M.

9:00 P.M.

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7:30 A.M.

12:00 P.M.

1:00 P.M.

5:00 P.M.

7:45 P.M.

12:00 A.M.

Breakfast

Meetings

Lunch

Tours

Reception and Dinner, Five Oaks Lodge

Hospitality Suite

Tuesday June 8, 2021

In order to enjoy the many diverse landscapes that Arkansas offers, we will travel west for Tuesday meetings which will be held atop Petit Jean Mountain at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Here we will learn about the Institute, hear from the livestock industry, and receive a SUSTA report. After lunch, we will visit the new Structurlam facility where cross laminated timber is manufactured. Once we arrive back at the hotel and have a little time to catch our breath, we will gather for our final evening at the President’s Reception and Dinner. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

6:30 A.M.

8:00 A.M.

12:00 P.M.

1:00 P.M.

6:30 P.M.

9:00 P.M.

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7:30 A.M.

12:00 P.M.

1:00 P.M.

5:00 P.M.

9:00 P.M.

12:00 A.M.

Breakfast

Meetings

Lunch

Tours

Presidents Reception and Dinner, Little Rock Marriott

Hospitality Suite

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

6:30 A.M.

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8:30 A.M.

Breakfast

Jun 05, 11:00 AM CDT – Jun 09, 8:30 AM CDT
Little Rock Marriott,
3 Statehouse Plaza, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
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CONTACT US

Arkansas Department of Agriculture

Autumn Causey

1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 225-1598 Office

autumn.causey@agriculture.arkansas.gov

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