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Arkansas Has 12 Top Organizations Named in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s Just Released New 2016 Good Food Org Guide

 

The third annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates 1,000 U.S.-based groups including 12 from Arkansas who are cultivating a better food system

The James Beard Foundation (www.jamesbeard.org) and Food Tank (www.foodtank.com), along with a prestigious advisory group of more than 70 food system experts, developed the third annual Good Food Org Guide featuring 1000 food related organizations across the United States. 12 initiatives from Arkansas were chosen including: Arkansas Food and Farm, Arkansas GardenCorps, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, The Arkansas Local Food Network, The Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability at the University of Arkansas, Feed Communities, The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, Little Rock Urban Farming, Ozark Slow Food, and Southern Sustainability Working Group, Heifer International, and Winrock International.

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EPA Addresses Arkansas Regional Haze Goals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is completing the process for a federally implemented clean air plan for Arkansas. The plan will reduce regional haze in Arkansas and Missouri to help meet federal Clean Air Act requirements. The announcement comes after several months of meaningful negotiations between EPA and Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

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Groups Threaten Suit to Stop Arkansas Factory Chicken Farm

A lawsuit could be filed before summer wraps up over plans to build a new poultry plant in Northeast Arkansas. A lawsuit could be filed before summer wraps up over plans to build a new poultry plant in Northeast Arkansas.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Arkansas Rights Koalition (ARK) have sent a letter to the Farm Service Agency, the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, saying they'll file suit within 60 days, over a $1 million SBA loan to build the Tracy Poultry Project. It includes six large broiler-chicken houses in the Strawberry River Watershed.

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EPA Grant Helps Arkansas Monitor Air Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $564,000 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to support air monitoring programs. The grant will help ADEQ maintain the state’s monitoring network for fine particulate pollution, known as PM 2.5.

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With Harmful Algae on the Rise in U.S. - Arkansas Department of Health provides guidelines

Algal blooms in bodies of water across the nation are increasing as a result of climate change, farming practices, storm and wastewater runoff and other environmental issues. Algal blooms in bodies of water across the nation are increasing as a result of climate change, farming practices, storm and wastewater runoff and other environmental issues.

They're naturally occurring, but produce toxins that get into the air, water or food, and can cause illness in humans and pets.

They also deplete the oxygen in water, and that kills fish, mammals and birds.

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Report: Higher SNAP Benefits Would Mean Healthier Diets in Arkansas

The United Fresh Produce Association donated 51,042 lbs. of produce and 641lbs. of assorted dry food to the Greater Chicago Food DepositoryNew research commissioned by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows giving low-income families in Arkansas a little more money to spend on food would lead to healthier meals and free up funds for other necessities, such as housing and transportation.

Dottie Rosenbaum, a senior fellow at the Center, says increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by $30 per person, per month, also would help families prepare more meals at home.

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