The Arkansas Division of Agriculture has allotted $1,770,272 in funding to Arkansas truthfuls for 2021.
This consists of $724,272 in agri truthful funding to county truthfuls, the 4 States Fair, the Arkansas-Oklahoma Fair, and the Arkansas State Fair, As properly as to enchancment funding totaling $1,046,000 to county and district truthfuls.
“Festivals are good venues to showcase our state’s largest enterprise They typically current alternatives for Arkansas youth to study extra and be involved Inside the agriculture enterprise,” said Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward. “We hope that truthfuls throughout the state Shall be In a place to have their scheduled occasions this yr after the coronavirus pressured many occasions to cancel final yr.”
Agri truthful funding is paid To assist cowl prices of truthful operations and completely different truthful-associated funds. Construction funding has traditionally been paid to counties and districts every completely different yr to cowl routine upkeep and/or enhancements to truthful amenities.
In 2021, the Arkansas Widespread Meeting granted recipients of enchancment funding flexibility to make the most of the funding to defray completely different unavoidable funds And wants created by the coronavirus.
Livestock and Poultry Division inspectors currentd hundreds of hours at truthfuls throughout the state To finish well being inspections of exhibition animals and To Make constructive that the relevant animal well being regulatory requirements have been glad. In 2019, the final full yr of truthful occasions earlier than the coronavirus, livestock and poultry inspectors currentd 3,626 hours at 76 Arkansas truthfuls.
“It’s an honor to companion with truthfuls throughout the state To assist promote Arkansas agriculture whereas additionally serving to Make constructive the well being of exhibition animals and the livestock and poultry industries,” said Patrick Fisk, Director of the department’s Livestock and Poultry division.