U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman visited three locations in Ashley County as part of his annual agriculture tour in Arkansas.

The congressman hosted a row crop roundtable in Hamburg and visited Triple M Farms in Hamburg and Seinpro Farms in Portland. The three stops were out of 10 locations he visited across the state.

Triple M Farms grows and sells fresh produce. Seinpro raises catfish and produces a fifth of the state’s catfish output.

Westerman represents Ashley County as a part of Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District.

“It was an honor to spend time with folks who have dedicated their lives to feeding and clothing America, hear their concerns, and learn how I can help from the federal level,” Westerman said. 

“Agriculture is a demanding career made all the more difficult by nationwide labor shortages and rising inflation. 

“Far too often, Washington bureaucrats legislate without understanding how regulations and taxation affects rural Americans, the producers of the food and clothing so often taken for granted. 

“Those in agriculture are some of our nation’s most essential workers and I understand that our farmers’ success is our nation’s success. I am committed to continuing to be a voice for rural America in Congress, taking back their insights to Washington, D.C., and ensuring they are heard.”

Other stops on the tour included meat processing facilities, lumber companies, the University of Arkansas’s Fruit Research Station, an agriculture products transporter and a feral hog removal demonstration.