This project is conducted in a partnership with the Arkansas Agriculture Department, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Food Science Department and Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Department.
The Specialty Crops Competiveness Act of 2004 authorized the United States Department of Agriculture to make grants available to provide assistance for specialty crops, while the 2008 Farm Bill amended the act and authorized USDA to provide grants to enhance the competiveness of specialty crops.
This project is the result of one of those grants and is designed to address a wide range of legal and business opportunities faced by specialty crop producers in the state of Arkansas. It covers topics on contract laws, food safety, food labeling, agricultural labor, business organizations, and certain aspects of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. Further, the project focuses on the unique issues of marketing and third-party auditing systems.
The project efforts include several producer-oriented workshops and a workbook. In addition, the project will integrate with the eXtension Community of Practice for Agricultural Law.
For questions about the materials presented, please contact the National Agricultural Law Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-575-7646.
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Time: 8:30-2:00 (CST)
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
Little Rock, AR