Sunday, September 26, 2021


New Yorkers voice concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional and state voting districts; and providers ask the Supreme Court to act on Texas' new abortion law.


The January 6th committee subpoenas former Trump officials; a Senate showdown looms over the debt ceiling; the CDC okays COVID boosters for seniors; and advocates testify about scams targeting the elderly.


A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

Farmers in Ghana to Learn from U.S. Producers


Tuesday, November 24, 2015   

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Farmers from Arkansas and other states could be pitching in to help others half a world away, as part of new agreements forged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA just hosted a trade mission to Ghana, which included announcing some "Food for Progress" agreements to help stimulate development of farms and food processors in that West African nation.

Agribusiness analyst Ken Root was part of the trade mission. He says Ghana is growing into a stable partner that is interested in new outside investment and trade.

"The country is a developing nation," says Root. "But it's got tremendous resources of oil, gold, diamonds, cocoa, and a number of other products that make it to where it is ready to expand."

Ghana is comparable in size to the state of Michigan and has had a democratic government since 1957. Root notes, in past centuries, some American and European interests stifled development or exploited the small nation, and the USDA's goal is to turn a new page there in the global economy.

The average age of Ghana's population is between 16 and 19, and the country is growing fast. Root says that makes this a pivotal time, both for the people and their government and as he sees it, they have two options.

"They can either build their economy to support the people, and have more buying power and produce more food to go with that, or they can fall into disease and destruction," says Root. "One of the two is going to happen."

The American Soybean Association, which represents 22,000 soybean farmers, including in Arkansas, is part of the new agreements. They'll share their best practices with their farming counterparts in Ghana.

The USDA says the "Food for Progress" agreements are worth more than $58 million over the next five years.

get more stories like this via email

The climate resilience package includes $1.5 billion for measures to better defend the state against wildfires. (Peter Buschmann/U.S. Forest Service)


SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Climate activists are praising Gov. Gavin Newsom for signing a $15 billion climate action package Thursday, but argued he …

Social Issues

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Some New Yorkers are voicing concerns about the creation of not one, but two draft maps for congressional, State Senate and …

Social Issues

LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan advocates for children and families are praising many of the investments in the 2022 state budget passed this week…

According to the World Health Organization, about one in six people age 60 years and older experienced some form of abuse in community settings during the past year. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

DES MOINES, Iowa -- There is strong public support in Iowa to enact a state law that criminalizes elder abuse, a topic also being discussed by law …


SALT LAKE CITY -- A researcher at the University of Utah said plans for generating renewable energy should include a power source right under our feet…

Roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants reside in the United States. (JP Photography/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

CHICAGO -- Advocates for immigrants and refugees in Illinois traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to push for a pathway to citizenship for up to …


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas produces more rice than any other state, and a new grant will help farmers explore ways to transition the industry to …

Social Issues

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota lawmakers in charge of redistricting have approved a preliminary draft of new legislative boundaries, but voters' …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021