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Senators Stabenow, Boozman Announce Witness List for Upcoming Arkansas Field Hearing

WASHINGTON – Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and John Boozman (R-Ark.), Ranking Member, today announced the witnesses who will be testifying at the Committee’s upcoming hearing field hearing in Arkansas on the 2023 Farm Bill.


The hearing—entitled “2023 Farm Bill: Perspectives from the Natural State”—will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022, at 9 am (CT) at Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at Arkansas State University (ASU) in Jonesboro.


It will feature two panels consisting of agricultural producers, industry stakeholders and rural community supporters from Arkansas. They will be preceded by a welcome panel consisting of Dr. Mickey Latour, Dean of the College of Agriculture at ASU and Rich Hillman, President of Arkansas Farm Bureau.


“Our field hearings are a great opportunity to hear firsthand from the people who use Farm Bill programs most about ways we can strengthen this important legislation, grow the rural economy, and meet the challenges facing our country,” said Stabenow. “I’m excited to join my friend Senator Boozman in Jonesboro and hear from his fellow Arkansans later this week.”


“The best solutions come from the ground up. We have invited some of Arkansas’s top experts in their subject matter areas to testify, and I believe what they share with us at this hearing will greatly benefit the Committee as we move forward with the farm bill process,” said Boozman.


The following witnesses will testify at the hearing:


Panel I

Mr. Nathan Reed, Chairman, American Cotton Producers, Marianna, AR

Mr. Brad Doyle, President, American Soybean Association, Weiner, AR

Mrs. Anne Marie Doramus, Commissioner, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Little Rock, AR

Mr. John McAlpine, President, Kingwood Forestry Services, Inc., Monticello, AR

Mr. Mark Morgan, Farmer, Peach Pickin’ Paradise and Morgan Farms, Clarksville, AR

Mrs. Jennifer James, Chair, USA Rice Sustainability Committee, Newport, AR


Panel II

Mr. Greg Cole, Chief Executive Officer, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Little Rock, AR

Ms. L. Elizabeth Bowles, Chief Executive Officer, Aristotle Unified Communications, LLC, Little Rock, AR

Mr. Buddy Hasten, President and Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, Little Rock, AR

Mrs. Rhonda Sanders, Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Foodbank, Little Rock, AR

Mr. Dennis Sternberg, Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Rural Water Association, Lonoke, AR


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Live Broadcast: The hearing will be streamed live online at