Warren Carter has been named executive vice president of Arkansas Farm Bureau.
He replaces Rodney Baker, who recently retired.
The executive vice president serves as the agency’s chief executive officer, manages staff functions for the organization and reports to the board of directors.
Carter, 52, is a 28-year employee of Arkansas Farm Bureau. He has served as the organization’s director of commodity and regulatory affairs since 2002. In that role, he managed staff responsibilities for support of the state check-off programs, economic research in support of Farm Bureau policies and programs and the organization’s commodity market information and education programs.
A native of Mantee, Mississippi, Carter holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from Mississippi State University. He first joined Farm Bureau in 1987, where he had responsibility for the wheat and feed grains, forestry and aquaculture commodity programs.
“Warren has deep respect within the agricultural industry, and will help lead the organization’s effort as the unifying voice of agriculture in Arkansas,” said Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach. “While there are fewer farmers than before, there is not less farming. The issues affecting agriculture are more acute than ever, as government support decreases and regulation increases.
“Warren understands the grassroots nature of the organization; that our policy is defined by our membership and that policy drives our political activity. He has been a critical part of that process for almost 30 years, and we are confident his leadership will lead to the continued effectiveness and relevancy of Farm Bureau.”
“I am humbled by the trust the board of directors has demonstrated,” said Carter. “My career has always focused on meeting the needs of Arkansas Farm Bureau members. That will remain my focus, as well as that of our dedicated staff.”