Lauren Ward Named Executive Director of Arkansas Rice Federation
The Arkansas Rice Federation on August 9th announced that Lauren Waldrip Ward would serve the organization as its new executive director. The organization, which includes all segments of the Arkansas rice industry, was previously managed by Ben Noble and his company Noble Strategies where Ward worked. Since 2015, as an employee of Noble Strategies, Ward had assisted in the management of the trade association. Noble recently announced that he had accepted a full time job as vice president of marketing and strategy for Riceland Foods of Stuttgart. Ward brings to the association familiarity and appreciation for agriculture and the rice industry as she proudly hails from a fifth generation rice farming family in Moro, Arkansas.