The Ag Council offers leadership opportunities for members within the organization and beyond. We possess authority to nominate individuals to serve on state and national agricultural boards and advisory committees, such as commodity research and promotion boards. Our goal is to identify and promote agriculture leaders of today, while fostering an environment for future leaders to grow and thrive.
Each year, the Ag Council nominates members for these positions, and the boards depend heavily on the Ag Council for their nominations.
In addition to external leadership opportunities, there are multiple opportunities within the Ag Council membership to be active in the decision making and policy development level. Participation among membership is strongly recommended and important in determining the activities of the Ag Council.
Ag Council of Arkansas Board of Directors:
Members of the Ag Council of Arkansas may be nominated by the Executive Committee (Executive Officers & the 7 Most Recent Past Presidents with Active Memberships) to serve as a member fo the Board of Directors. Nominations are approved by the Board of Directors.
Research and Promotion Boards:
The Ag Council of Arkansas is granted by state law seats on several commodity research and promotion boards. The Ag Council representative is tasked with representing the broader membership of the organization, and they are responsible for keeping Ag Council members up to speed on on activities of their respective research and promotion board. Individuals interested in serving on particular research and promotion boards are encouraged to let our Executive Committee know of such interest in order to receive consideration for service.
Corn and Grain Sorghum Research and Promotion Board
The Ag Council of Arkansas retains authority to recommend to the Governor 2 persons to serve as a representative to the Corn and Grain Sorghum Research and Promotion Board.
Soybean Research and Promotion Board
The Ag Council of Arkansas retains authority to recommend to the Governor 2 persons to serve as a representative to the Soybean Research and Promotion Board.
Rice Research and Promotion Board
The Ag Council of Arkansas retains authority to recommend to the Governor 1 person to serve as a representative to the Rice Research and Promotion Board.
Wheat Research and Promotion Board
The Ag Council of Arkansas retains authority to recommend to the Governor 2 persons to serve as a representative to the Wheat Research and Promotion Board.
Other Leadership Opportunities:
Ag Comp Self Insurer Fund Board of Directors
The membership of the Ag Council of Arkansas founded the AgComp Self Insurer Fund to provide a group workers' compensation insurance program for agricultural related businesses in Arkansas. The Fund and the Program are managed by Ag Council members elected to serve as a fund manager.
Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation
The Ag Council of Arkansas retains authority to recommend to the Governor 3 persons to serve as a representative to the eligible Arkansas Cotton Growers Foundation (Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation) tasked with operating the Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Program. Eligible persons must be cotton growers and farm in designated zones for which they were nominated.
Seed Arbitration Committee
The Ag Council of Arkansas retains the authority to recommend to the Governor 1 person to serve as a member of the Seed Arbitration Committee, which is established to arbitrate claims of defective seeds in the marketplace.
National Cotton Council
The Ag Council of Arkansas is a Certified Producer Interest Organization for the National Cotton Council (NCC). Our organization helps select leadership for the NCC, including positions for various segments of the industry to represent Arkansas, the Mid-South Region, and the United States.
Cotton State Support Program
The Ag Council of Arkansas actively supports the Arkansas Cotton State Support Program, which determines cotton research priorities for Arkansas cotton farmers. While no formal structure exists for membership to the State Support Group, all cotton farmers from the Ag Council are encouraged to participate in this working group. Funding decisions are made at their meetings, which are managed and funded by the Cotton Board.
COTTON BOARD WEBSITE
COTTON INCORPORATED WEBSITE
The Ag Council of Arkansas helps recommend to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) individuals to serve on the Cotton Board to represent Arkansas. The Cotton Board is the oversight and administrative arm of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program, representing U.S. Upland cotton. The Cotton Board is responsible for providing the Program with strategic leadership and oversight of the economic resources devoted to the Program.
The Ag Council helps recommend individuals to serve on the board of Cotton Incorporated. Cotton Incorporated is a not-for-profit company and the sole contractor to the Cotton Board—the organization that oversees the collection of assessments on sales of raw U.S. Upland cotton fiber and on the imports of products containing Upland cotton into the United States. Cotton Incorporated is guided in its activities by the Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors, comprised of U.S. cotton growers; and the Cotton Board Board of Directors, comprised of U.S. cotton growers and importers. Cotton Incorporated provides the resources and research needed to help companies develop and market superior, innovative, and profitable cotton products. The company’s efforts are focused across every area of the cotton life cycle from fiber through finished product.
Cotton Foundation Programs
The Ag Council of Arkansas helps facilitate participation in annual leadership programs offered by the Cotton Foundation and the National Cotton Council. These programs include the Producer Information Exchange (PIE) Tour, Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), and the Multi-Commodity Exchange Program (MCEP). The PIE tour is an opportunity for cotton farmers from the Mid-South region to travel outside of its production region to other cotton growing regions of the United States in an effort to learn about different production and processing practices and to get to know other producers from across the country and exchange ideas between them. The ELP program is a comprehensive offering to cotton producers seeking to learn more about the U.S. cotton industry, the wide array of policy issues they face, and the importance of being active and effective in advocating among policymakers. The MCEP program is an opportunity for U.S. cotton growers from across the country to travel to other parts of the country to learn about other commodities grown in the the U.S. These tours provide cotton growers with an examination into the similarities and differences between various commodities, and it offers an opportunity for the cotton industry to develop new relationships and partnerships that can benefit the U.S. cotton industry in policy development.
Agricultural Halls of Fame
The Ag Council of Arkansas is available to help with the nominations of individuals to a variety of agricultural halls of fame designed to recognize those who have achieved significant success in their lifetime in agriculture business. These include the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame and the U.S. Cotton Research and Promotion Hall of Fame. The Ag Council of Arkansas also holds a seat on the Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame selection committee. In addition, we often help nominate and support individuals to a variety of other award recognitions in agriculture, and we stand ready to help promote Arkansans for those awards.
Other Allied Agricultural Groups
“Many Ag Council members serve on statewide promotion boards and in various commodity organizations, so the information we share with each other is critical to our businesses. I also like that the Ag Council provides the opportunity to help shape policies that impact my business.”
-producer, Monroe County, AR