Arkansas Rice Producer Dow Brantley Elected Chairman of the USA Rice Federation
DALLAS, TX -- (July 15, 2014) -- The Board of Directors of the USA Rice Federation elected a new chairman during annual meetings here yesterday.
Arkansas rice producer Dow Brantley will assume the two-year post on August 1, taking over for Mark Denman, a Texas rice miller who has been chairman of the group since 2012.
"Dow is going to make a great chairman," Denman said. "He is an important producer in the number one rice producing state in the country, and has already begun to make his mark on the industry as the chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation and the Arkansas Rice Farmers and through his service on several USA Rice committees and task groups."
"Mark Denman guided our industry through some trying times -- the farm bill, trade and marketing challenges, and other critical issues," said Brantley. "He was also at the helm during our recent strategic planning that resulted in a solid viability plan for the industry and the organization. He served all segments of the industry with distinction, and I'm looking forward to keeping us moving in that right direction."
Brantley operates a large family farm in England, Arkansas and reports about 35 percent of his acreage is in rice. In addition to serving on several USA and Arkansas Rice committees, Brantley is a graduate of the Rice Leadership Development Program, and is the chairman of the Lonoke County Farm Bureau.
"This is an exciting time for the American rice industry with many challenges and opportunities ahead," said Betsy Ward, president and CEO of USA Rice. "Chairman Denman was an outstanding leader who turns over a more focused and stronger Federation than he inherited. We're pleased to continue working with Chairman-elect Brantley as we continue to enhance our organization and take on existing and new challenges on behalf of the entire U.S. industry."
Photo caption: CEO Betsy Ward flanked by outgoing Chairman Mark Denman (l.) and new Chairman Dow Brantley.