During a statewide agricultural tour throughout Arkansas,
Sen. John Boozman stopped at former Arkansas Agricultural Aviation Association
(AAAA) president Tommy Anderson’s operation in Sherrill, Ark., to take his first
ride in an ag aircraft. The senator was joined by U.S. Commodity Futures
Trading Commission Chairman Christopher Giancarlo.
Sen. Boozman, Chairman Giancarlo and other staff members
took their first rides in ag aircraft to better appreciate the skill and
precision needed to make aerial applications. The aircraft were piloted by
Tommy Anderson of Tommy’s Flying Service and Michael Hutchins of Custom Air
Sen. Boozman flying with Michael Hutchins of Custom Air,
During the visit, several members of the AAAA board were on
hand, including President Doug Gibson, David Strohl, Cole Hartley, Brenda Watts
and Mark Hartz. AAAA members, joined by Andrew Moore and Frank Taylor with
NAAA, took the opportunity to explain to Sen. Boozman and Chairman Giancarlo
the issues affecting aerial applicators and the best way to address them in the
2018 Farm Bill. The two main topics were eliminating the need for the costly
and redundant National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permits (PGP) for
products already registered under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and clarifying that the only regulators of crop protection
products are states and the federal government, as a way of preventing local
towns and counties from banning lawfully registered products.
Sen. Boozman and Chairman Giancarlo discuss ag issues with
members of the AAAA.
Other stops on Sen. Boozman’s statewide tour included the
Don Tyson Center for Agriculture Sciences in Fayetteville, an Angus cattle
ranch in Lavaca, a peach orchard in Lamar, and the University of Arkansas Rice
Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart.
Tommy Anderson of Tommy's Flying Service speaks with Sen. Boozman and Chairman Giancarlo.