• Richard E. Bell Richard E. Bell

    Richard Bell retired in July 2004 as president and CEO of Riceland Foods, Inc., capping a 27-year career with the world’s largest miller of rice and one of the Mid-South’s largest processor of soybeans. A native of Clinton, Ill., Bell […]

  • Sherman D. Cullum, Sr. Sherman D. Cullum, Sr.

    Sherman Cullum dedicated his life to serving those in agriculture, first as a County Extension Agent (Mississippi County, 1960-61; Cross County, 1961-63), as manager of a Farm Supply business (1963-67), and assistant manager for Lee Wilson Co. (1967-74), before moving […]

  • William James Jernigan, Sr. William James Jernigan, Sr.

    The late W.J. Jernigan launched what has become 4-H in Arkansas in 1912, and his early leadership role helped establish 4-H as the training ground for innovative farming practices and, more importantly, strong agricultural leaders of our state. A native […]

  • John Philpot John Philpot

    John Philpot is recognized by Arkansans across the state because of his one-of-a-kind humor and an unending interest in the promotion of Arkansas agriculture. Raised in Mena, Philpot earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1957 from the University of […]

  • Mary Louise Wilbern Ratcliffe Mary Louise Wilbern Ratcliffe

    Mary Ratcliffe was a leader in farm conservation efforts, leaving a legacy of stewardship that runs throughout Arkansas agriculture. Raised on a dairy and cotton farm in Sweet Home, Ratcliffe assumed control of Ratcliffe Farms when her husband died in […]