U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman, will hold a field hearing Friday in Arkansas to gain input from Natural State agricultural producers as the process of writing the 2023 Farm Bill begins. AG leaders announced Tuesday the witnesses who will be testifying, including Elizabeth Bowles, CEO of Aristotle Unified Communications.
The hearing—entitled “2023 Farm Bill: Perspectives from the Natural State”—will be held Friday, June 17, 2022, at 9 am CST at Riceland Hall in the Fowler Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
"Aristotle is committed to bringing Broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities, most of which are in rural areas. Aristotle currently delivers broadband internet to large portions of the Arkansas Delta and will cover portions of the Mississippi Delta by the end of 2022. Given the importance of broadband to these rural communities—and in light of the critical role the Farm Bill plays in making broadband connectivity a reality—I am looking forward to sharing my expertise and thoughts with the Committee,” said Bowles.
The hearing will feature two panels consisting of Arkansas agricultural producers, industry stakeholders and rural community supporters. 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.
“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 in an official statement.