Arkansas native Andrew Grobmyer has returned home to serve as the new executive vice president of the Agriculture Council of Arkansas after spending over eight years in Washington, D.C. There, he worked on Capitol Hill for Sen. Mark Pryor and Congressman Marion Berry.

He succeeds Don Alexander, who is retiring after eight years of service with the council.

Grobmyer will serve as the seventh executive vice president of the ACA.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 2002, Grobmyer moved to Washington, where he advised Pryor and Berry on issues related to agriculture, appropriations, trade, and transportation. In these roles he focused on helping Arkansas farmers, agri-businesses, and rural communities.

“I am excited to be back in Arkansas working on behalf of such an important part of our state’s economy,” said Grobmyer. ”My primary goal is to make sure our members voices are heard among policy makers. I also want to expand our membership base to include new farms and businesses interested in promoting a sustainable row crop industry in Arkansas. I want them to participate in our efforts and enjoy the many benefits of being a member.”

“While our members were sad to hear of the retirement of Don Alexander, it was well deserved having recently been named to the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame,” ACA President Bobby Gammill said. ”With that said, we are happy to have Andrew and the energy he brings to the job. He hit the ground running with a clear plan to utilize our history and reputation in a way that will make our organization more effective. We are heading in the right direction, and our members are pleased with Andrew’s knowledge, personality, and vision.”

The Agricultural Council of Arkansas is a non-profit trade association that was established in 1939 to promote row crop agriculture in Arkansas.

For more information regarding the Agricultural Council of Arkansas, go to www.agcouncil.net.