State agriculture HOF induction in August rescheduled to 2022 because of COVID


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Soybeans being planted this previous Might in Clay County in northeast Arkansas. (photograph courtesy of the College of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Stewart Runsick.)

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame has postponed its Aug. 20 induction ceremony As a Outcome of of safety considerations associated to the current rise in COVID-19 circumstances in Arkansas. The ceremony was reset for March 4, 2022, effectively skipping a yr between induction packages, Based mostly on a Wednesday (Aug. 4) information launch from Arkansas Farm Bureau.

“I am unhappy because That is such An important second for Arkansas agriculture,” said Howeverch Calhoun of Des Arc, chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame board. “However I think about our board of directors made The biggest choice to postpone this event. This ceremony is about celebrating People Who’ve made Arkansas agriculture good, and we have been anticipating a doc crowd of round 700 people for the induction.”

Following are these to be inducted:

  • Rick Cartwright of Fayetteville, who retired as director of the Cooperative Extension Service On the College of Arkansas
  • Prolonged-time agriculture educator Joe Don Greenwood of Hermitage
  • The late Russell Roy Reynolds, who was director of the U.S. Forest Service Crossett Experimental Forest for 34 yrs
  • Randy Veach of Manila, former president of Arkansas Farm Bureau
  • Mark Waldrip of Moro, Founding father of Armor Seed Co.
  • Andrew Wargo III of Watson, farm supervisor for the 15,000-acre Baxter Land Co. for Greater than 50 yrs

“This Is usually An excellent class of inductees, And clearly, The safety of all involved On this program is our prime precedence,” Calhoun added. “We hope To have The power To collect [safely] and rejoice collectively in March 2022, And provides these inductees The complete courtesy they deserve.”

An complete of 170 people have been inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, which started in 1987.

In accordance to the Arkansas Division of Well being, 2,343 new COVID circumstances have been reported in Arkansas on Tuesday (Aug. 3). Over the previous two weeks, complete cumulative circumstances have risen by 8.9% from 359,516 to 391,623.

Recently, Bentonville and Fayetteville canceled August festivals On their respective downtown squares. The selection to cancel the event was attributed to the rise in COVID circumstances and space hospitals reaching performance.