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Crawfordsville hosts annual production meeting with gumbo lunch

By John Rech news@theeveningtimes.com

Crawfordsville played host to the annual Crittenden County Rice and Soybean Production Meeting with University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Research and Extension representatives, better known as “the Gumbo Lunch.” The meeting served up farming statistics to a crowd that packed out the fellowship hall at Crawfordsville Baptist last Monday. Arkansas Attorney General Rutledge made a short whistle stop and brought greetings to the group. Agri business representatives and farmers came together to hear from extension service specialists about the 2015 crop production. “It’s usually referred to as ‘the Gumbo Lunch’ by the farmers,” said acting county Staff Chair Russ Parker. “But it’s really a time for our farmers to hear from our specialists. I believe we have the finest specialists in the entire country.” Those specialists bringing the latest information to the farmers were certainly at the top of their field. Six of the seven presentations were done by speakers holding a Ph.D., with topics ranging from marketing, irrigation, weed management, insects, rice and soybean production and even soybean pathology. After all the spread sheets, rankings and advice it was time for the shrimp gumbo luncheon prepared and served by the Crittenden County Master Gardeners. But lunch was held up for a few minutes for a last minute addition to the agenda. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge extended greetings to the group. Rutledge announced her December nuptials to the group and said she now splits her time at home between Crittenden County and Little Rock. “I met my husband at a fish fry. I tell my friends ‘for $35 I got catfish and a husband,’” said Rutledge. “I want you to know about crime prevention programs. While crime is down, the quantities taken are larger and you continue to get hit. We are going after not only the thieves but those that purchase the stolen goods.” The AG had a few statistics of her own pointing to the economic importance of farming to the state and took a swipe at regulatory agencies like the EPA. “Arkansas Agriculture is a $26 billion industry,” said Rutledge. “One in six jobs are tied to agriculture. We must protect agriculture for the sake of our economy, our community, our schools and our property. People want government to get out of the way, to be able to make business decisions on science and data, and not on politics.”

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