Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New LL.M. Candidate Wes Ward

We are beginning to welcome our new class of LL.M. candidates, the Class of 2013-14. And, this week, we were pleased to receive the following report from one of these candidates, Wesley Ward.

Wes is a 2009 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. Since graduation, he has served the United States Marine Corps as a Civil Law Attorney, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, an Operational Law Attorney, and most recently as a Battalion Judge Advocate. We are delighted to welcome Wes to the Program and to welcome him back to the School of Law. He will be undertaking our dual degree Program with the UA Bumpers College of Agriculture, Agricultural Economics Department, earning his LL.M. and also earning his Masters in Agricultural Economics.

This summer, Wes has been working for Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford. Wes writes about this work below.

Report on my Work for U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01)
Wesley Ward, Field Coordinator

United States Congressman Rick Crawford of the First Congressional District of Arkansas is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Crawford is a member of the following subcommittee’s: Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit; General Farm Commodities and Risk Management; and Nutrition and Horticulture.

The First Congressional District of Arkansas is home to a wide array of agricultural producers, with a majority in row crop production. As a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Crawford is heavily involved with the new Farm Bill and representing the interests of Arkansas’s agricultural industries. Due to the importance of the Farm Bill and the impact that it will have on agricultural industries over the next 5 years, the majority of my responsibilities revolve around establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with agricultural producers and agribusiness entities throughout the congressional district as well as working with government and nongovernment programs that serve the agricultural industry. Frequent collaboration and outreach provides the district with the ability to voice concerns and quickly inform the Congressman of emerging issues. 

Congressman Crawford has an agricultural background and his knowledge is often called upon to assist his colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are estimates that the new Farm Bill will save taxpayers more than $38 billion as it repeals or consolidates more than 100 programs. Farm Bill proposals consolidate many conservation programs in an effort to improve program delivery and also seek to improve the integrity and accountability of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Congressman Crawford understands that farmer’s risks differ throughout the country and that a one size fits all risk management model would be unfair and would not work.

The Senate approved their version of the Farm Bill on Monday, June 10th with a vote of 66-27. The House of Representatives is preparing to begin debate on their version of the Farm Bill next week. Congressman Crawford is optimistic that a Farm Bill can be passed prior to expiration of current farm policies on 30 September.

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