Arkansas State Council

Hope Benedict
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
HUNT Ventures 

Andrew Grobmyer, Executive Vice President
Agricultural Council of Arkansas

Derek Haigwood
Arkansas Farmer

Burt Hanna, President & CEO, Hanna's Candle Company

Gary Heathcott, President
CJRW

Dan Hendrix, President & CEO
World Trade Center Arkansas

Byron Holmes, Chair
USA Rice Nutrition Subcommittee

Mark Isbel, Farmer
USA Rice

Jennifer James, Chair, USA Rice Sustainability Committee

Bradley Manis, President & CEO
Mannco Fertilizer

Todd Martin, Executive Director & CEO
Independent Professional Seed Association

Kevin McGilton, Vice President
Riceland Foods

DeAnn McGrew, Director, Agriculture & Volunteer Programs
Winrock International

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
Noble Strategies

Steve Orlicek, President
Arkansas Rice Council; Rice Farmer

Linus Raines, Vice President
ATA International;
Director of Business Development, 
Green Stamp America, Inc.

Bill Reed Riceland, Vice President of Public Affairs
Riceland

Mike Roberts, Principal
U.S. Cuba Holdings

Jeff Rutledge
Arkansas Rice Council

Mark Simmons, Chairman
Simmons Foods, Inc. & Affiliates

Cameron Smith, President
Cameron Smith & Associates

Keith Smith, Founder
Keith Smith Company

Chuck Stutte
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

Melanie Wells,
ETW Enterprises, Inc. Shavings & Rice Hulls

Andrew Grobmyer
Executive Vice President, Agricultural        
Council of Arkansas

LSB Industries


Arkansas' Champions

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Arkansan sees path for Cuba trade bill; Crawford measure stalled in past, but key dissenters have since departed

The Hill: Opinion: Farm bill’s expansion of trade opportunities between the US and Cuba historic and mutually beneficial

The Hill: Opinion: American Farmers Need the Cuban Market

KARK: Arkansas Lawmaker Aims to Help US Agribusiness Boost Sales to Cuba

The Office of Sen. John Boozman: Boozman Recognizes National Rice Month

Southwest Times Record: Arkansas ag group supports Cuba exports

Southwest Times Record: Arkansans "engaging" Cuban business

Southwest Times Record: Coalition seeks grassroots support in Arkansas for end to Cuba embargo

Arkansas Times: Arkansas rice growers push for Cuba trade

Arkansas Business: Engage Cuba launches Arkansas council, calls for an end to trade restrictions

NWA: Cuban delegates talk trade & tourism at University of Arkansas

Talk Business & Politics: Cuba group visits northwest Arkansas, Hanna's Candle owner hopes to open a plant in Cuba

Arkansas Matters: Arkansas and Cuba officials kick off trade discussions

Delta Farm Press: Cuba working group goals and protecting farming operations

Delta Farm News: Arkansas leaders form new Engage Cuba state council to promote trade

University of Arkansas: World Trade Center Arkansas delegation makes second Cuba visit

Reuters: In Cuba, Arkansas governor seeks to chip away at embargo

Arkansas Business: Cuba, Arkansas officials to hold agriculture roundtable

University of Arkansas: Cuba ready to import Arkansas rice but embargo must go, diplomat says  

Democrat-Gazette: GOP senators seek partners across the aisle

KUAR: Meeting Discusses Markets For Arkansas Rice, Impact Of Government Shutdown

NPR: Crawford discusses Cuba trip & embargo on Talk Business & Politics

CBS Little Rock: Ark. Business: Engage Cuba, fiscal session, Dave and Buster's

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: In Little Rock, group calls for lifting of Cuba trade restrictions

NPR: Group for ending Cuba embargo launches Arkansas council

The City Wire: Rep. Crawford: Cuba on cusp of change, U.S. should help open up the nation

KFSM: Governor Asa Hutchinson arrives in Cuba for trade meetings

Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Gov. Asa Hutchinson urges easing of Cuba credit restrictions

Arkansas News: Crawford introduces bill to expand trade opportunities with Cuba

Arkansas Business: Rick Crawford "very encouraged" after Cuba trip

KASU: Crawford explains how Cuba trade embargo affects Arkansas agribusiness

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)

Senator John Boozman (R)

Senator John Boozman (R)

Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR-1)

Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR-1)

Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4)

Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4)