Ark. Agriculture Secretary Praises Rice Check-Off Program
Published: February 11, 2011
February 9, 2011
Contact: Ben Noble 501-372-4122
LITTLE ROCK, AR – In his overview of the state of agriculture yesterday, the Arkansas agriculture secretary praised the 25-year success of the Arkansas rice check-off program. Secretary Dick Bell testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development.
“There has been a lot of discussion lately about the check-off programs and some wanting to change them,” said Secretary Bell during his presentation. “They are the envy of the country, so I am not quite sure we would want to make modifications. The rice program, which I am extremely familiar, has a great history of success in the area of research and receives high marks for its results on the promotion front.”
“It’s no accident that Arkansas leads the nation in rice production,” said Wayne Wiggins, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board. “The industry appreciates Secretary Bell’s assessment and confidence in the rice check-off program.”
About the Arkansas Rice Federation
The Arkansas Rice Federation is the umbrella organization representing the state’s entire rice industry. The organization serves as the full-time voice for the industry, providing proactive outreach to the Arkansas General Assembly and the governor’s office. More information is available at www.arkansasricefarmers.org.