Executive Officers

Executive Vice President

Andrew Grobmyer (Little Rock, AR)

Andrew Grobmyer was selected in 2011 to serve as the fourth Executive Vice President of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas (ACA).  Mr. Grobmyer is a native Arkansan who brings an extensive understanding of agriculture in Arkansas as well as experience in the legislative and government arena.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 2002, Andrew moved to Washington, D.C. where he served on the staff of Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor and Congressman Marion Berry as a Legislative Assistant covering issues related primarily to agriculture, appropriations, trade, and transportation. In this role he focused on helping Arkansas farmers, agri-businesses, and rural communities.

Andrew currently serves as a board member on the Agricultural Foundation for Agriculture, the Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame, the University of Arkansas’s Agriculture Development Council, Arkansas Soil Test Review Board, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Technical Committee.  He also serves as a policy advisor to the American Cotton Producers arm of the National Cotton Council and as an advisor to the Arkansas Agricultural Workers Compensation Self Insurance Fund’s board of directors.


Matt Hyneman (Jonesboro, Arkansas)

Matt Hyneman was elected by the Agricultural Council of Arkansas Board of Directors to serve as President of the organization for a two-year term that began January 1, 2019.  He succeeds West Higginbothom of Marianna who completed his term as president.

Matt Hyneman is Vice-President of Hyneman & Associates, Inc. The family business owns and operates a 13,000 acre cotton, rice, corn, and soybean farm in Poinsett County and is part owner of RHM Gin & Warehouse, LLC.  Matt graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1997 with a BSBA in Finance and now lives in Jonesboro.  He is married to Mary (Coakley) Hyneman and they have three sons, Josh 14, Alex 12, and Taylor 9.  Hyneman is active in the National Cotton Council as a Producer Delegate, a graduate of the 2014 Emerging Leaders Program, and a Cotton Council International Director.  He is also a member of the Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Committee.  Matt serves as a member of the Jonesboro Airport commission and is an active pilot.

First Vice President

Dow Brantley (England, Arkansas)

Dow Brantley is a third generation farmer and a partner of Brantley Farming Company in England, Arkansas.  Since joining the operation in 2000 Brantley works with his family in producing cotton, corn, rice, soybeans, and wheat on some 10,000 acres.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture food & life sciences from the University of Arkansas.  After graduation Brantley spent time in Washington, D.C., working with the United States Department of Agriculture before returning to the family farm.  Brantley is Active in the National Cotton Council, USA Rice Federation, Arkansas Rice Federation, Arkansas Farm Bureau, and Ag Council of Arkansas. He and his wife Amy have three children, daughters Caroline, Virginia, and Ruth.

Second Vice President

John King III (Helena, Arkansas)

John King III is a multi-generational family farmer and partner in King Farms with his father, and former Ag Council President (1984), John King, Jr., and his nephew Will Cashion. He holds a degree in Agribusiness from the University of Arkansas where he was also a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. His professional career after college included work in the financial sector at an investment firm in Little Rock.

Today, John  lives in Helena with his wife Kelly. They are the proud parents of three kids (Katy, Hannah, and Roman) and grand parents of two grandkids (Henry and Anna Clancy).  John remains active in other agricultural organizations including the USA Rice Federation and USA Rice Council. He also remains active in his local Presbyterian church, Helena Health Foundation, and the Helena Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies are biking with his wife, windsurfing and sailing.


Rick Bransford (Lonoke, Arkansas)

Rick Bransford is a multi-generational farmer from Lonoke, Arkansas. Bransford served as President of the Ag Council of Arkansas 2014-2016.  He brings a significant amount leadership expertise and experience to the Ag Council having served in a variety of leadership roles on behalf of Arkansas farmers and the row crop industry including the Arkansas State Plant Board, Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation Board, and the Cotton Board.

Today, Mr. Bransford lives in Lonoke with his wife Susan.