The Arkansas Rice Farmers (ARF) Board of Directors will hold elections on Jan. 30, 2014 at the Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting in Stuttgart at the Grand Prairie Center. For election purposes, the rice producing area of Arkansas is divided into ten districts, each containing approximately 154, 000 acres of rice. Each district has three rice farmers, elected by their peers, representing that district on the ARF Board for a term of 6 years. Terms are staggered so one half of the board is up for election every 3 years.
In order to be considered for nomination, eligible Arkansas rice farmers shall submit a petition and biography to the nominating committee with 15 signatures from active rice farmers from their district. A petition review will occur to verify valid signatures prior to the election.
Eligible farmers must have rice acreage registered with the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA FSA) 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 must email a written request for a candidate petition to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 16, 2013.
Candidates must submit their signature petition and biography by email to email@example.com or by mail to 1020 West Third Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.
A candidate petition must be emailed or postmarked by Jan. 3, 2014. For questions, please call 501-375-1100.
The Arkansas Rice Farmers Board represents the state’s entire rice industry and works to ensure a forum for policy development on legislative and regulatory issues that affect rice farmers, and provide rice farmers with a state and national voice to address those issues.