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. 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 am to 4:00 pm

1:30 pm



Hot Springs Excursion
(*Please be aboard the motorcoach no later than 1:25 pm) Attire: Casual

Balcony, Ballroom level

2:30 pm to 6:00 pm
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8:00 pm

10:00 pm to 12:00 am

Exploring Hot Springs
Reception and Dinner

Return to Little Rock Marriott

Hospitality Suite

The Bugler Restaurant,

Oaklawn Resort

Room 1907

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!

7:00 am to 9:00 am

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

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6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

8:30 pm to 12:00 am



Free time


Business Meetings
Attire: Casual

Balcony, Ballroom level

Balcony, Ballroom level

Pinnacle Room

  • Lunch

  • SASDA Business Meeting

  • NASDA Updates

  • Break

  • SUSTA Business Meeting

Free Time


Attire: Casual
• Special Guest - Senator Boozman, Ranking
  Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture,
  Nutrition, and Forestry

Presented by Catfish Farmers of Arkansas

Hospitality Suite

Balcony, Ballroom level

Old State House

Balcony, Ballroom level

Room 1907

* Buses will load from the front of the Little Rock Marriott.

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. 

Attire: Business Casual

Opening Ceremony

  • Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture

       and 2020-2021 SASDA President
   •  Faith Fritch, State President, 4-H
   •  Anna Mathis, National Secretary, FFA
   •  The Honorable Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas


Updates from Arkansas Congressional

  • Rep. Rick Crawford, U. S. House Agriculture Committee

  • Rep. Bruce Westerman, Ranking Member, U.S. House
    Committee on Natural Resources

  • Rep. French Hill, U.S. House Committee on Financial Services


Program and Industry Updates

  • USDA/NIFA’s Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network: Southern

       Region Efforts - Dr. Heather Sedges Wallace,           

       University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
   •  Farms Under Threat: State of the States - Billy Van               Pelt, American Farmland Trust
   •  Policy Update – Ryan Yates, American Farm Bureau             Federation

Presented by Simmons Bank
Agricultural Law Update - Harrison Pittman, National           Agricultural Law Center

Free Time

Arkansas Delta Tour
(*Please be aboard the motorcoach by 1:10 pm)
Attire: Casual

Tour Mack’s Prairie Wings and Rich-N-Tone Calls, Inc.
Depart for Five Oaks Hunting Lodge
Five Oaks Hunting Lodge – Conservation Tour/Update
Presented by Revolution
Return to Little Rock Marriott

Hospitality Suite

Grand Ballroom

Grand Ballroom

Grand Ballroom

Grand Ballroom

Room 1907


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9:00 pm to 12:00 am

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!

Grand Ballroom

Petit Jean Mountain

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

7:00 am to 9:00 am

Grand Ballroom



Attire: Business Casual


Industry Discussion at Winthrop
Rockefeller Institute 

(*Please be aboard the motorcoach by 7:55 am)


Free time and self-guided tour of Winthrop
Rockefeller Museum​

Livestock and Poultry Update

The Arkansas Timber Project

  • Peter MacKeith, Fay Jones School of Architecture,

      University of Arkansas

Agricultural Technology Theft
FBI Little Rock Counterintelligence Squad

Lunch – Presented by the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association
• Remarks - Janet Harris, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Departure for Conway

Tour of Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation


Return to Little Rock Marriott


Free Time


Attire: Business Casual


President’s Dinner
Presented by Southern Crop Production Association
• Entertainment – Buddy Jewell - Arkansas Entertainers
   Hall of Fame inductee and ICMA Male Vocalist of the
   Year 2019

Hospitality Suite

6:30 am to 7:30 am


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Grand Ballroom Foyer

Grand Ballroom

Room 1907

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Arkansas Department of Agriculture

Autumn Causey

1 Natural Resources Drive

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