Commission Members 

Monty Henderson, Chairman of Fayetteville, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock & Poultry Commission in February of 2010 by Governor Mike Beebe. He retired in August of 2009 after fifteen years serving as President/COO of George’s, Inc. in Springdale, Arkansas.  He is currently on the Board of Directors of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and is past President of the Arkansas Poultry Federation. Monty has served forty-one years in Management in the Poultry Industry. His term will expire in January 2017.

Mack Hayden, Vice Chairman of Russellville, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock and Poultry Commission in 2004 by Governor Mike Huckabee. In January 2011 he was reappointed by Governor Mike Beebe. Mr. Hayden retired from the Arkansas State Police after 27 years of service, during which time he was the recipient of many awards, including Trooper of the Year in 1980 and again in 1995. Mr. Hayden is very active in the equine industry and has been a farrier for 27 years. He is also an active member of many horse show associations and riding clubs. His term will expire in January 2018.

Rick Benson of Imboden, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock & Poultry Commission by Governor Mike Beebe in January of 2013. Rick owns a cattle farm in Imboden where he has raised commercial cattle for the past 40 years. He has been an active member of the Lawrence County FSA board for nine years. He is actively involved in the Lawrence County Fair Board and has been for the last 28 years.

Scott Sullivan of De Queen, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock & Poultry Commission by Governor Mike Beebe in January of 2013. Scott is a 4th gerneration farmer and rancher who owns commercial beef cattle, as well as a registered Hereford herd. He has also owned and operated a 10,000 head swine finishing operation and a 60,000 capacity broiler farm. He served in the House of Representatives for three terms. He serves on the Sevier County Developmental Board, District Chair for Boy Scouts, and serves as the Sevier County Board Representative for the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association and on the Sevier County Cattlemen's Board. He is married to Sherry Beaty Sullivan.

Ed Mabry of Batesville, Arkansas was reappointed to the Livestock and Poultry Commission in January of 2014 by Governor Mike Beebe. He retired from John Deere after 27 years. A large part of his career was spent living overseas setting up agricultural businesses for Deere on all continents. He currently farms 420 acres in Independence County with cattle, hay, and trees, and is chairman of the Independence County Economic Development. His term will expire in January 2021.

Greg Hale of Little Rock, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock and Poultry Commission in February of 2009 by Governor Mike Beebe. Mr. Hale has a strong agriculture background and was raised on a family farm in Southwest Arkansas. Greg owns a cattle farm near Dequeen where he raises registered black angus cattle and commercial black baldies. He is married to Mica Strother and they have a son Eli. Greg also serves on the Arkansas Hospice Foundation Board. His term will expire in January 2016.

James Smith of Fayetteville, Arkansas was appointed to the Livestock and Poultry Commission in January of 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Mr. Smith is currently the Sr. Vice President of Live Operations and First Processing for Simmons Foods, Inc. in Siloam Springs, AR. Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors for The Poultry Federation, and has over 28 years of management experience in the poultry industry. Mr. Smith was raised on a family farm in Searcy County, Arkansas and continues to own a cattle farm there. He is married to Barbara Greiner Smith and they have two adult sons, Jason and Jaret.