Letter from the President
It is an honor to serve as the SASDA President for 2020-2021 and have the opportunity to hold the 2021 SASDA meeting, live and in person, in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 5-9. Our theme is “Authentic Arkansas”, and I hope you will make plans to join us for some authentic Arkansas hospitality!
The 2021 SASDA meeting will be the first opportunity for many of us to meet in person in more than a year and we are working hard to continue the excellent tradition of providing an opportunity to focus on agriculture in a relaxing and informative atmosphere with industry leaders and colleagues. Members of Arkansas’s congressional delegation, including Senator John Boozman, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, and Congressman Rick Crawford, Member of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, are planning to join us and provide updates on a range of issues and policies important to agriculture. We will hear from USDA representatives about new programs and initiatives and have an opportunity for discussion and input. A perennial favorite, Harrison Pittman and his team from the National Agricultural Law Center will provide an overview of the latest agricultural and food law research and information.
From the rice fields of the Arkansas delta to the top of Petit Jean mountain, we have several excursions planned that will demonstrate why agriculture is Arkansas’s largest industry. We will spend some time at the world’s largest baitfish farm and see the results of conservation programs at a duck hunting facility near Stuttgart, known as the rice and duck capital of the world. We will hear from livestock, poultry, and forestry industry leaders during a visit to Petit Jean mountain, where the view from the top confirms why Arkansas is known as the Natural State. We are also looking forward to highlighting some of Arkansas’s authentic, locally grown cuisine.
Those who can arrive on Saturday will have an opportunity to explore historic Hot Springs, Arkansas, home of Hot Springs National Park, the nation’s oldest national park, and the famous Bathhouse Row. We can also make recommendations for other activities and tours on your own so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We appreciate the support of the many sponsors who have made this meeting possible. Please rest assured that event locations have been selected to maximize enjoyment while following COVID-19 related guidance that may be in effect at the time of the meeting.
You will not want to miss the 2021 SASDA meeting so please take a moment to register today. We look forward to seeing you in Arkansas in June!
Secretary of Agriculture
Arkansas Department of Agriculture