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WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. – Farmers, flooding, Cuba and other topics of interest to those in the agriculture sector were discussed Wednesday in the quarterly Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Hosted by The Studio on Main Street in downtown Walnut Ridge, the quarterly meeting featured Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas, Wes Ward, speaking to the crowded room of farmers, elected office holders or seekers, and others interested in their community.
Ward spoke about flooding and how he was touring areas Wednesday affected by recent rising waters. He planned to visit Lynn later Wednesday afternoon.
He also mentioned normalization of relations with Cuba, on a day when the first commercial flight in half a century landed in Cuba’s mainland. Ward said Gov. Asa Hutchinson was the first United States governor to visit Cuba as relations were restored and praised his foresight in opening up the new market for Arkansan farmers.
Ward said everything in Arkansas ties back to agriculture and mentioned the strenuous times planters and harvesters are facing. He said he wished times were better but he also said more will be done to make life easier in the ag sector.
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