Arkansas State Council
Bio-Tech Pharmacal, Inc.
Dow Brantley, Chair
USA Rice and Arkansas Rice Federation
Donald Bobbitt, President
University of Arkansas System
Bruce Burrow, Principal
U.S. Cuba Holdings
Wayne Callahan, Senior Advisor
Vestar Capital Partners
Mark Cochran, Vice President for Agriculture
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Terry Freeman, Consultant; Former President
Bibler Brothers Lumber and Construction
David Gairhan, Vice Chair
Arkansas Rice Farmers
Tim Graham, President
Andrew Grobmyer, Executive Vice President
Agricultural Council of Arkansas
Burt Hanna, President & CEO, Hanna's Candle Company
Gary Heathcott, President
Dan Hendrix, President & CEO
World Trade Center Arkansas
Byron Holmes, Chair
USA Rice Nutrition Subcommittee
Mark Isbel, Farmer
Jennifer James, Chair, USA Rice Sustainability Committee
Bradley Manis, President & CEO
Todd Martin, Executive Director & CEO
Independent Professional Seed Association
Kevin McGilton, Vice President
DeAnn McGrew, Director, Agriculture & Volunteer Programs
Janet Harris, Director of Programs
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Randy McNeil, President
Poinsett Rice & Grain
Mark Middleton, Principal
U.S. Cuba Holdings
Robert Moery, Agriculture Liaison
Governor Asa Hutchinson
Herbert Morales, President
Latin American Business Solutions
Ben Noble, President
Steve Orlicek, President
Arkansas Rice Council; Rice Farmer
Linus Raines, Vice President
Director of Business Development,
Green Stamp America, Inc.
Bill Reed Riceland, Vice President of Public Affairs
Mike Roberts, Principal
U.S. Cuba Holdings
Arkansas Rice Council
Mark Simmons, Chairman
Simmons Foods, Inc. & Affiliates
Cameron Smith, President
Cameron Smith & Associates
Keith Smith, Founder
Keith Smith Company
Bio-Tech Pharmacal, Inc.
Johnny Sullivan, Vice President Sales & Marketing
Producers Rice Mill
Randy Veach, President
Arkansas Farm Bureau
Larry Wallace, Principal
U.S. Cuba Holdings
Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture
ETW Enterprises, Inc. Shavings & Rice Hulls
Executive Vice President, Agricultural
Council of Arkansas
Arkansas & Cuba in the News
The Hill: American Farmers Need the Cuban Market
BY REPS. RICK CRAWFORD (R-ARK.), TOM EMMER (R-MINN.) AND ROGER MARSHALL (R-KAN.)
American farmers are tough patriots, but they need strong export revenues to stay in business. Building new export outlets for American farmers and allied industries has become an imperative, and Cuba should be part of that mix.
Representatives from the United States' agricultural sector, include U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford of Arkansas, arrived in Cuba on Thursday for a conference aimed at promoting sales.
The Office of Sen. John Boozman: Boozman Recognizes National Rice Month
September is National Rice Month. U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) recognized the rice industry and the many positive contributions it makes in Arkansas. He also called for increased agricultural trade with Cuba.
Southwest Times Record: Arkansas ag group supports Cuba exports
Arkansas agricultural producers and organizations this week joined a bipartisan group of over 60 agriculture associations to urge leadership of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to include a provision in the 2018 Farm Bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would save $690 million over 10 years.
Click here to read Engage Cuba’s press release about the Farm Bill provision.
Southwest Times Record: Arkansans "engaging" Cuban business
Engage Cuba, a coalition of private businesses and organizations working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, launched its Arkansas State Council at a press conference co-sponsored by USA Rice this week.
Southwest Times Record: Coalition seeks grassroots support in Arkansas for end to Cuba embargo
Engage Cuba, a coalition of businesses and organizations advocating an end to the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, said Monday it is launching an Arkansas group to organize grassroots support for a change in U.S. policy toward the island nation.
Arkansas Times: Arkansas rice growers push for Cuba trade
Engage Cuba, a business coalition, began an Arkansas affiliate today with a call for an end to travel and trade embargoes with Cuba.
Engage Cuba President James Williams said Monday that Cuba would pledge to buy a significant amount of rice from the U.S. should the Congress allow trade on credit between the countries.
The University of Arkansas, welcoming delegates from Cuba for a historic visit. Wednesday, the World Trade Center Arkansas, an extension of UA, hosted three delegates from the Cuban Embassy.
Talk Business & Politics: Cuba group visits northwest Arkansas, Hanna's Candle owner hopes to open a plant in Cuba
Burt Hanna, owner of Fayetteville-based Hanna’s Candles and a longtime supplier to Walmart U.S., told Talk Business & Politics he is working on a proposal to set up a small manufacturing site in Cuba.
Arkansas Matters: Arkansas and Cuba officials kick off trade discussions
While President Obama has been working to re-establish relations in Cuba, Arkansas has been doing the same.
Delta Farm Press: Cuba working group goals and protecting farming operations
In mid-December, a working group from the House announced it would begin studying how best to deal with the emerging U.S./Cuba trade relationship.
Delta Farm News: Arkansas leaders form new Engage Cuba state council to promote trade
The effort to restore Cuba as a major market for U.S. rice and other agricultural commodities took another step forward with the launch Monday (April 11) of the Arkansas State Council for Engage Cuba.
University of Arkansas: World Trade Center Arkansas delegation makes second Cuba visit
A World Trade Center Arkansas-led delegation of 25 business leaders, food producers, and educators made a second visit to Cuba, starting June 26.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday urged the U.S. Congress to allow food companies to sell to Cuba on credit, favoring it as a first step in a gradual repeal of sanctions against the Communist-led island.
Arkansas Business: Cuba, Arkansas officials to hold agriculture roundtable
Winrock International, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and The Howard Baker Forum are planning a two-day, invitation-only roundtable examining how normalizing relations with Cuba could affect the American food and agriculture sector.
University of Arkansas: Cuba ready to import Arkansas rice but embargo must go, diplomat says
Arkansas rice would be popular in Cuba and the nation wants to buy it if the U.S. trade embargo is lifted, a Cuban diplomat said Wednesday.
Arkansas leads the nation in the amount of rice grown and is the 2nd largest poultry producer in the nation—two staples of Cuban cuisine. The Engage Cuba coalition made a comment about how Congress is handling the embargo.
CBS Little Rock: Ark. Business: Engage Cuba, fiscal session, Dave and Buster's
A coalition of Arkansas business and academic leaders are joining a growing group calling for the end of the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba. A group called “Engage Cuba” announced Monday the creation of an Arkansas State Council.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: In Little Rock, group calls for lifting of Cuba trade restrictions
Gov. Asa Hutchinson has also visited Cuba, and a representative from his office was among the group of 37 officials representing the state, agricultural and business interests to be named on the Arkansas council of the Engage Cuba Coalition, which seeks normalized relations.
James Williams, President of the umbrella group, Engage Cuba, said Arkansas lawmakers are leading the effort to lift the 55 year-old trade embargo against the country.
Cubans are a proud people entering a period of major social change, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, said Monday after returning from his first trip there last week.
Governor Asa Hutchinson is in Cuba, exploring opportunities to promote trade between Cubans, and the Natural State.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Gov. Asa Hutchinson urges easing of Cuba credit restrictions
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is urging congressional leaders to ease credit restrictions with Cuba and says doing so would open millions of dollars in new markets for his state.
Star Tribune: In GOP, Emmer takes the lead on Cuba
‘The House is a huge priority for us,’ said Steven Law, who runs the GOP super PAC American Crossroads and advises the Engage Cuba coalition.
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at increasing trade opportunities with Cuba.
Arkansas Business: Rick Crawford "very encouraged" after Cuba trip
From April 6-9, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., traveled to Cuba to gain a better understanding of the island country's people, culture, politics and challenges.
In preparation to his upcoming trip to Cuba, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford educated listeners on how the embargo affects Arkansas in his "Tune In" web series.