Farm Bureau hears legislative update on pending bills

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
State Rep. Bryan King was one of the featured speakers at a legislative breakfast in Green Forest on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Sonja Hale

GREEN FOREST -- The Carroll County Farm Bureau helped sponsor a legislative breakfast at Cattlemen's Restaurant Saturday morning.

Board members from the Farm Bureaus in Searcy and Madison counties also attended the event. State Rep. Bryan King addressed the group, along with Rodney Baker, governmental affairs director for the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

Carroll County Farm Bureau President Rusty Butler said CCFB usually tries to schedule an event like this during legislative sessions. "We can catch up on what's going on, and thank them for their help," he said.

Butler estimated about 40 people attended. "It was a pleasant update," he said.

Among the legislative items discussed at the two-hour session were House Bill 1479, which amends Arkansas law concerning scrap metal dealers.

Senate Bill 361 was discussed. This bill increases the fees for the monthly fertilizer tonnage reports, and insures that the money collected goes for soil testing and research.

House Bill 1046 protects the rights of animal producers, and House Bill 1608 exempts the twine used in baling hay from the sales tax.

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