Ag Council Holds Annual Meeting and Elects Leaders

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Members of the Ag Council of Arkansas held their 76th Board of Directors’ Annual Meeting in Little Rock on December 14th and 15th. The annual gathering offered leaders of the non-profit agricultural trade association the opportunity to elect new leaders, establish policy priorities, and gain knowledge through guest presentations and interactions with fellow Ag Council members and other leaders in agriculture.

At the two-day meeting the Board of Directors elected leaders for executive officer positions of the organization as follows: Rick Bransford of Lonoke was re-elected to serve as President; Dow Brantley of England was elected to serve as First Vice President; West Higginbothom of Marianna was elected to serve as Second Vice President; and Cal McCastlain of Little Rock was re-elected to serve as Treasurer. The Board of Directors also added the following individuals to serve as new Board Members: Wes McGeorge of Pine Bluff; Ward Phillips of Marianna; Matt Miles of McGehee; Dusty Hoskyn of Keo; Tommy Young of Newport; Terry Fuller of Marvell; Ramey Stiles of Marianna; Sam Whitaker of Dermott; Frank Fogleman of Marion; and Butch Calhoun of Des Arc. Each elected officer and board member is actively engaged in a farming operation in Arkansas.

In addition to electing leaders, the Board of Directors also updated and approved a new resolutions document for 2016. The document reflects the policy positions of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas and its membership. The purpose of this document is to set forth guidance for the Agricultural Council of Arkansas as it seeks to assist policy makers in their efforts to develop public policy that may impact agriculture.

During the two day meeting the Board of Directors also enjoyed a day full of guest speakers who sought out to inform leaders of the Ag Council with relevant information pertaining to production agriculture in Arkansas. The topics covered by the guest speakers ranged from conservation and agriculture technology to commodity market and weather forecasts. Attendees also benefited from hearing recommendations from several extension specialists from the University of Arkansas’s System’s Division of Agriculture who through a panel discussion offered advice to help farmers adapt to a low commodity price environment.

About the Agricultural Council of Arkansas

The Agricultural Council of Arkansas (Ag Council) is a non-profit trade association committed to telling the story of row crop agriculture in Arkansas, advocating on behalf of the agriculture industry, and improving rural economies.

The Ag Council has promoted agriculture and advocated on behalf of Arkansas farmers since 1939.

The Ag Council’s membership is composed of family farms, agriculture related businesses, and others supportive of agriculture in Arkansas. Ag Council members strive to advance policies that will ensure the continued success of agriculture in our state.

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