Local man named Farm Bureau's next executive vice president | Business
A Craighead County man has been named the Arkansas Farm Bureau’s next executive vice president.
Rodney Baker of Brookland will assume the role on November 1 upon the retirement of Ewell Welch, the current EVP.
The selection was made Thursday when the organization’s board of directors met in Little Rock.
Baker, who has served as the bureau’s director of governmental affairs since 1998, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas. He first joined Farm Bureau in 1977, working in the commodity division.
Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach said of Baker:
“Rodney’s vision, background and deep understanding of the issues facing agriculture will enable him to step into this critical role and effectively lead our organization….Also, his understanding of the grassroots strength of this organization will help it remain relevant as we continue to strive to meet the founding objectives of Arkansas Farm Bureau. The organization was founded in 1935 to provide a collective voice for the men and women of agriculture,” Veach said. “That need continues today, and we believe Rodney is the right person to lead the future efforts of the organization, its staff and the many volunteers who guide it at the county and state level.”
Baker said, “I am humbled by the trust the board of directors has demonstrated. My career has always focused on delivering on the organization’s mission to improve the situation for the men and women of agriculture. That will continue to be my focus, and that of our employees.”