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The Arkansas Rice Federation Board recently announced that Hot Springs native Kelly Robbins has been selected as its new executive director.

Most recently, Robbins served as executive director for the Arkansas Petroleum Council. He has previously served as executive vice president for three trade groups, including the Associated General Contractors of Arkansas, Arkansas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association and the Arkansas Forestry Association.

"It's an honor to join a well-established team of hardworking producers, millers, and merchants, who make our state's rice industry the finest in the land," Robbins said in a news release. "With their ongoing input and guidance, Arkansas Rice will continue its successful efforts representing our important community to the public, consumers and officials at all levels."

"Kelly's extensive history in association management and lobbying make him a good fit to represent our industry well," Arkansas Rice Federation Chairman David Gairhan said in the release. "His many years of experience and skill set make him an asset for our team."

Robbins will oversee all trade association activities and manage contract work for the federation. Campbell Ward will continue to conduct all marketing and public relations activities. Campbell Ward partners include previous Arkansas Rice Executive Director Lauren Waldrip and Becky Campbell.

The Arkansas Rice Federation represents all aspects of the rice industry including the Arkansas Rice Council, Arkansas Rice Farmers, Arkansas Rice Merchants and Arkansas Rice Millers.

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