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Arkansas Department of Agriculture Waiting for Audit Results
LITTLE ROCK, AR - In an update to a KARK4 investigation, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture is watching and waiting for results from state auditors on $15 million dollars in state funds that were transferred to a nonprofit account out of state.
Earlier this month we highlighted that the Rice Research and Promotion Board had voted to move the funds to the Rice Foundation for investment and never reported the funds to state financial officials. Agriculture secretary Wes Ward, says he's heard from many farmers about the issue and discussions have raised the question of if the department should be overseeing those funds instead.
"If there's nothing wrong in the programs, it may be okay to stay there. But there are a number of questions that need to be answered, and we look forward to seeing the results of that audit," Ward says.
The funds are required to be used for rice research funding. Despite the millions not being disclosed to state officials, it appears that for the most part that money has been spent on research. About $10 million is still sitting in that out of state account.
Read more at Arkansasmatters.com.