Allen Bedell


Allen Bedell

Allen Bedell has dedicated his life to advancing the forestry industry in Arkansas. He is a mentor to many loggers and foresters in the state and has maintained a life-long commitment to leadership in environmental stewardship and putting ethical logging into practice as a small business owner and activist for the industry. Through his work with the Arkansas Professional Logger Training and Education Program he is able to connect with those in...

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Neely Cassady


Neely Cassady

Neely Cassady was a driving force in the formation of the poultry industry in southwest Arkansas, particularly in his native Howard County. His father, R.L. Cassady, founded Cassady’s Hatchery in 1937 and developed it into a thriving enterprise in the Nashville area. R.L. Cassady passed away when Neely was 18, which led to his assuming control and ownership of the hatchery and expanding it into a vertically integrated poultry company. He...

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Gary Sebree


Gary Sebree

A third-generation rice farmer, Gary Sebree has spent his life advancing the rice industry in Arkansas and U.S. Sebree farms approximately 2,000 acres of rice and soybeans near Stuttgart, the heart of the Grand Prairie. He consistently produces some of the highest yields and quality rice received by the Producers Rice Mill. Because of his skill and demonstrated leadership abilities, Sebree was elected by his peers to serve on the Producers Rice...

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Mark Simmons


Mark Simmons

Under Mark Simmons’ leadership and supervision his family company, Simmons Foods, has grown into one of the nation’s largest privately held broiler-processing companies and the largest private-label wet pet food manufacturer in North America. The enterprise has grown from a single plant with roughly $20 million in sales and 350 employees in 1974 to approximately $1.4 billion in sales and nearly 6,000 employees in more than 20 facilities...

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Dr. Bobby Wells


Dr. Bobby Wells

Dr. Bobby Wells, former head of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Agronomy Department, was a world-renowned expert on rice production, with a special emphasis on rice nutrition and soil fertility. He was active in cooperative interdisciplinary research in rice production and worked closely with others in the rice cultivar improvement program in Arkansas and adjoining states. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University...

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