Arkansas Rice Farmers to elect board members

The Arkansas Rice Farmers announced Wednesday that they will hold elections for the ARF Board of Directors in January at the Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting in Stuttgart.

The ARF Board is composed of 30 farmer directors, three from each of the state’s 10 rice districts who each serve for a term of six years. Terms are staggered, therefore one-half of the board is up for election every three years.

Eligible farmers must have rice acreage registered with the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in the year preceding the election. A farmer is eligible for service in the district where his or her farm acreage is registered.

Arkansas farmers interested in seeking a position on the ARF Board of Directors must submit a written request for a candidate petition from the Arkansas Rice Farmers Board by Dec. 16. Requests must be submitted by email to Petitions should include 15 signatures of support from USDA FSA registered rice farmers and a candidate biography. The deadline to submit a petition is Jan. 3 For more information on the election and how to request a petition, go to

The Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting will be held on Jan. 30, 2014 at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, and is a joint meeting between the Arkansas Rice Farmers and Arkansas Rice Council.